The good news for Rams RB Tre Mason is that he's now in his second season and doesn't have nearly as much to learn before he can make an impact. When Mason arrived in St. Louis, he was ready as a runner but not much else. He had little experience picking up the blitz and hadn't had many opportunities to run pass routes.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher consistently talks about the need for young running backs to handle those details before being tossed into the mix. That's why Mason didn't really become a factor until after the first quarter of the season.
"As we’ve talked about before, Tre was somewhat of a slow starter last year," Fisher said. "He got going. Playing without the ball is really important. Once we felt comfortable with where he was, we cut him loose and he was really productive for us."
The story added in each of the past two seasons, the Rams have had a rookie lead the team in rushing in Zac Stacy and Mason. Both players took about four weeks to get up to speed before entering the lineup. The same could be true of Todd Gurley, who not only has to get caught up from the mental side but is still recovering from his knee injury. That's why Mason wants to be sure to make an impact early on, however, even the author said the job will likely eventually go to Gurley. Mason's pass blocking may get him on the field as a third down back which means he could end up with some value in PPR leagues.