Tre Mason beats out fellow former NFL backs for Riders roster spot

Tre Mason is the last Saskatchewan Roughriders running back standing with NFL experience.

At the end of training camp, Tre Mason, Zac Stacy, David Cobb and Storm Johnson were competing for one active roster spot. All were drafted in the NFL, ranging from the third to seventh rounds.

Mason had the most amount of NFL production recording 254 carries for 972 yards and five touchdowns while catching 34 balls for 236 yards and one touchdown in 25 games. Despite being signed part way through camp, Mason earned the lone active roster spot available for an American running back to start the 2018 CFL regular season as Marcus Thigpen serves his two-games performance-enhancing drugs suspension.

Stacy saw a lot of action with the first-team offence early in camp, but he has been released. The 27-year-old had 11 carries for 51 yards and three catches for 39 yards in pre-season action. Mason had one carry for 14 yards, but the Riders must have liked what he was able to show in practice enough to pick him ahead of Stacy.

Stacy, Cobb and Johnson didn’t make the roster and were among Saskatchewan’s final cuts.

Dynamic return man Christion Jones can play running back as well and he’ll be on the roster as the Riders’ primary return man. But if Jerome Messam, who is on a pitch count, needs a breather it will be Mason that comes into the game.

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