The unexpected departure of Connor Halliday left the Redskins scrambling for a fourth quarterback to fill out their roster for OTAs and training camp. They found one during their rookie minicamp this weekend.
According to multiple reports the Redskins have signed Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason to a free agent contract. He was one of two quarterbacks who were at Redskins Park for the three-day camp on a tryout basis.
Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan has said that he likes players from the big college conferences, particularly the SEC, so the 15 games he started for the Bulldogs in 2013 and 2014 likely helped his chances of landing a contract. Mason took the starting role late in 2013 after Aaron Murray suffered a knee injury and he kept it for all 13 games last year.
Mason completed 188 of 277 passes (67.9 percent) for 2,168 yards (7.8 yards/att), an impressive 21 touchdowns to just four interceptions. His passer rating of 155.7 was 10th in the nation among qualifying quarterbacks. It should be noted that Georgia ran a very run-heavy offense that featured Todd Gurley earlier in the year and then after he was first suspended and then injured, Nick Chubb. They passed about 25 times a game and ran it 42 times.
Scouting reports issued prior to the draft praised his accuracy and that showed in the minicamp as most of his throws were on target. He also seemed to catch on to things well and he was not at all overwhelmed by being in an NFL camp. Mason’s on-target passes, poise, and ability to pick things up quickly make him a good fit to be the Redskins’ fourth quarterback for OTAs and, if he does well there, perhaps at training camp.
Mason’s arm strength is below average and the chances of him getting into the mix to get any regular-season snaps this year are extremely remote. Even in the long term his prospects are slim at best. But you have to be on a team before you have any chance at all and Mason does have that going for him for now.