I'm starting to change my mind about Marcus Mason. I think the kid has a shot.
He's not a lock to make the Washington Redskins' roster by any stretch. But it seems like each carry he adds to his resume makes it harder and harder for the coaching staff to leave him off of the roster.
Mason was very impressive in that final Redskins drive that burned all but 23 seconds off of the final 10:07 of the game. He carried 11 times for 62 yards during that clinching advance.
Yes, he was running against players in Buffalo uniforms who will be working at Best Buy in September. But he also was running behind an offensive line that was slapped together from spare parts due to injuries.
I was reminded that Mason actually did make the 53-man roster at the start of last season. His tenure with the Redskins lasted one game; they released him after the season opener to make way for receiver Reche Caldwell. But the fact is that the team did open the season with four running backs on the roster and Marcus Mason was one of them.
I still don't think it's a good idea to keep a fourth running back. With injuries an issue at cornerback and depth a problem at linebacker, it's risky to short another position to keep a player just for the sake of keeping him.
However, Jim Zorn may not agree. He has commented recently that the team just might have to find a spot for Mason.
A week ago, I would have put his chances of making the team at about 10% or less. Right now, I'd put it at around 40% and rising.
The most surprising outcome from Week 10 in the NFL season was the Tennessee Titans 34-10 thrashing of the New England Patriots.
How far did New England fall? How high did the Patriots rise?
Despite missing three starting offensive lineman and several other key contributors due to injury, the Redskins got back in the win column with a 16-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a two game lead in the NFC East, their stock rose a tad.
Coming off their bye week, the Eagles fell to the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. How were each of their rankings affected?
The Saints won their eighth straight, while the Steelers won their fifth straight. Where do these two rank in the Top 5?
The battle for No. 32 is perhaps more interesting than the battle for No. 1, but the Raiders stay in control of the bottom spot for now.
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The version of Adrian Peterson the Redskins have been getting this year — the one who currently sits as the NFL's fifth-leading rusher and the one who has been the team's only consistent offensive threat — hasn't even been the fully in-shape version, according to Peterson.
If you take him at his word, that's a pretty frightening thought for non-Redskins defenses to ponder.
After practice on Wednesday, the 33-year-old was asked about how he's feeling after dealing with ankle and shoulder problems earlier in the season. Those problems are apparently now all behind him.
"Last week, I actually started feeling all the way healthy," he said in the 'Skins locker room. "My shoulder, I'm back to bench pressing. I hadn't done that in three weeks. And so I'm back to doing the normal things that I was able to do. My ankle's feeling good, my body's just feeling refreshed."
Oh, so the guy who's been averaging nearly 75 yards per game on about 17 carries per game and the guy who's scored four total touchdowns through nine contests is only just now back to normal?
"Second half has been a blessing to me, you know?" he said. "It was a grind the first eight weeks, and here now, as I stand in front of you, my body's feeling amazing."
Must be nice to be one of the sport's best players of this generation, huh?
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