A Great Addition to the Chargers Backfield: Meet Marcus Mason

Heneli IongiAnalyst IMarch 9, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 9: Running back Marcus Mason #23 of the Washington Redskins runs with the ball during the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills on August 9, 2008 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins won 17-14. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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I'm very excited about the San Diego Chargers new addition to the RB position. Two words: Marcus Mason. Why am I excited about this guy? If you look at any of his highlights from college until joining the NFL as a undrafted free agent for the Washington Redskins, then you'd realize the major upside in this athlete's game.  

Truth is, I only watched him play for the Redskins because I am a huge Colt Brennan fan. As I watched the game, I couldn't help but notice a small RB that was making plays to include a touchdown catch during the NFL Hall of Fame game. Let me tell you what, this kid could run.

During his limited role in the Redskins games last year, he averaged four yards a carry. Although he opted out of the University of Illinois to play for Youngstown State, the reason couldn't be anymore clear, other than wanting to play. He didn't seem to care that it's a lower division of college football. The only other player that I know that did something similar is QB Joe Flacco.  

Marcus averaged a beast 5.7 yards per carry, racking up 2,739 yards and 31 TD on 478 carries in two seasons for the Penguins. Of that 2,739 yards, he rushed 1,847 of those yards during his senior season. I noticed the way he played was hard-nose football for the Redskins.  

A lot of people ask, "If he is so good, why didn't the Redskins start him?" The Redskins are going to start the players that they pay the most money; look at Jason Campbell. Colt Brennan outplayed Jason in the preseason. I know you're all going to say Colt played against a third string defense. Well, he played with a third string offense, too. If given the opportunity, I believe Colt would've burned the first string defense with a first string offense. I look at Marcus the same way.  

I think Marcus will fit in with the way the Chargers run a passing type offense. Most of Marcus' yards during college came from the shotgun formation. The man could catch, run, and block. He's small, compact, and excellent in running screens and draw plays. He reminds me of the way the Ravens use Ray Rice.

Look for great things from Marcus this upcoming season, as the Chargers will continue to add more depth to the RB position.