Marcus Mason

Rich TandlerSenior Analyst IAugust 4, 2008

The second-year back, who spent all of last year on the Washington Redskins' practice squad, looked good running the ball. He was decisive, quick to the hole, and he had a sneaky way of dodging through traffic to make the most out of each carry. He wound up with 98 yards on 18 carries. Mason also caught a touchdown pass from Colt Brennan, improvising like a veteran as the rookie QB rolled out of the pocket.

Naturally, such a performance has some calling Mason a lock to make the final roster.

Not so fast, my friend.

Barring injury, Mason has a very small chance of making the final 53. It's a numbers game, as simple as that.

The Redskins will carry 25 players on offense. Three will be quarterbacks, three will be tight ends. Nine offensive linemen is the bare minimum and even at that at least one of your reserves has to be ready to play two positions, more if one of them is inactive.

That leaves ten spots for backs and receivers. Five wide receivers will make the team; six is a possibility, as discussed here earlier. If that happens, the extra spot is likely to come out of the allotment for the defense and there will be 26 offensive layers.

Portis, Betts, and Cartwright all will make it and none of them is well-suited to play fullback. That means that either Nemo Broughton or a player to be named later has to stick as the backup to Mike Sellers.

The end result is that there is no room for Marcus Mason. The best his supporters can hope for is that he lands on the practice squad again.