The Marcus Mason Crowd Can Stop Holding Out Hope

Photo by Ned Dishman

Photo by Ned Dishman

Redskins preseason favorite Marcus Mason has been signed by the New York Jets from the Ravens practice squad to fill the spot opened by the season-ending injury to RB Jesse Chatman. It’s possible that the Jets have had Mason on their radar since he carried the ball 9 times for 55 yards against them in the preseason game better known as Brett Favre’s Jets Debut — he’s highlighted in the NFL.com postgame Quick Take as “extremely impressive” — but either way, he’s off the board.

Everyone who has been convinced that the Redskins were going to realize that releasing Mason was a horrible preseason mistake (and act on that realization by cutting Shaun Alexander and re-signing Mason) can finally let go of the dream. That said, he was a local product (Georgetown Prep!) and seemed like a good guy; hopefully he’ll find some success in New York.

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11 Responses

  1. Is he going to be 2nd or 3rd string?

  2. I always enjoyed watching Mason run. I’m happy for him. Hopefully, he’s learned a valuable lesson about taking his pass protection duties seriously. But, all that aside, I think he’ll do well. Congrats to him.

    btw – that photo you published of him playing against the Jags is sick! Look at that hole he has to run through. It reminds me of the holes Timmy Smith had in the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos. I’m telling my age, but hey, I’m just sayin’…

  3. Is that Chris Samuels holding?

  4. He’s not holding, that’s just a good pat on the side for a nice effort!

  5. He won’t get a lot of carries behind T.Jones and L.Washington. Good news for him though, both of those RB’s are aging so he’ll get plenty of reps in practice when they rest. Also, aging RB’s aren’t as durable so if one gets injured he’ll get some real game action.

  6. Good for MM !

  7. We will see about that, two games and Shaun Alexander is a whopping nine carries for nineteen yards, that’s 2.1 yards per carry folks.

    Meanwhile hunter’s point above is mine, only about the Redskins.

  8. Hopefully he continues to develop. Maybe one day he’ll end up back here. Or maybe one day he’ll get the starting opportunity somewhere.

  9. I hear so many people say he played against third stringers in the Pre-season. Of course he did. He had to be productive like so many other rookies playing against 2nd and 3rd stringers. He did what he had to do with what was given. And he did it well.

    I hope he succeeds.

  10. Hunter, did you just say Leon Washington is aging? He’s only 25 and was drafted in 2006. I don’t really call that aging. I think Mason has alot of potential though. New york does this running back by committee strategy and I think he can get some carries from time to time. I wish him the best of luck.

  11. This will be a litmus test of our personnel department. A local product who really looked good two years in a row but just couldn’t make the team. I realize getting him off the practice squad means he’s on the 53-man roster for a year, but I thought his pre-season play deserved a little closer inspection by our team. Too bad!

    If he makes the Pro Bowl in the next 5 years everybody will say Vinny’s an idiot for not hiring someone whho already knew the playbook instead of the aging veteran. Of course, if he never plays a down, some people will still say it, but the former group will use this as proof positive.

    Either way, I thought the guy deserved a better shot than he got here. Good luck to him.

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