Tre Mason expects to compete for starting job

Rams to stage RB competition?: Last season, Zac Stacy rose from being buried on the depth chart to becoming a breakout rookie star. This season, he might have to fight to keep his starting gig … at least if you believe Tre Mason. The recently drafted runner says he’s been told that he will compete for the Rams starting running back job. That’s probably a surprise to Stacy and it should serve as a surprise to fantasy owners who were under the belief that the former Vanderbilt rusher was going to be St. Louis’ go-to back in 2014. Before you start to panic, it’s worth reminding yourself that it’s still late May and sometimes these are the things coaches tell players in order to motivate them. Mason has the potential to be a sleeper as a change of pace, Gio Bernard-type back. But until further notice, treat Stacy as though he’s going to see the bulk of the carries.

Jets’ QB race slants toward Smith: The Jets are having a quarterback competition. This much everyone agrees on. How evenhandedly that competition is being staged depends on who you ask. Coach Rex Ryan has suggested that Michael Vick will have a chance to win the job. Vick disagrees. Now offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has weighed in, admitting that the competition isn’t exactly “50-50″. Jets fans might not like it, but it’s hard to see the logic of impeding the progress of a second-year quarterback in favor of an aging veteran with continual injury issues. With the additions on offense, Geno Smith could be in line for a breakout season. If the Jets really believe he can be the future, they’ll have to put these rumors to rest.

Texans ‘trying to mimic’ Patriots: Texans coach Bill O’Brien spent time as an assistant with the Patriots from 2007-11. Now he’s trying to bring some of New England down to Houston. Quarterback T.J. Yates says the Texans are watching lots of film of the Pats’ offense and “trying to mimic them right now.” It certainly makes sense to study one of the league’s most productive offensive units — although Houston lacks a trigger man even close to the caliber of Tom Brady. If the Texans can find a portion of that type of efficiency, fantasy owners should rejoice.

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