Redskins Cut Marcus Mason ... aka the Preseason's Leading Rusher
You'd think that being the leading rusher during the preseason would help. Apparently not. The Washington Redskins released Marcus Mason as part of Cut Day.
Mason led the NFL ... albeit in the preseason ... with 317 yards rushing. Sure, that number is kind of misleading since the Redskins played five preseason games while everyone else (but the Colts) played just four. But Mason was netting a 4.8 yards-per-carry average -- and that's not too shabby no matter when you do it.
The issue is another number: roster openings. Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts are locked in to the top two spots. Rock Cartwright was re-signed this offseason for his outstanding return duties (plus, he is an underrated running back who averaged 7.9 ypc this preseason). There really isn't another spot for Mason ... no matter how well he played.
Still, it won't be for nothing. Mason's rushing this preseason (which was 12 less yards than the rest of the Redskins combined) could get him a job somewhere else in the league.