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Week 12 Outlook
The Patriots have ruled out starting G Shaq Mason for Week 17 with a calf injury.
Mason has been a solid contributor for the Patriots offensive line since signing a five-year $50M extension in 2018. He was a little banged up and missed time in 2020 and looks to bounce back and have a healthy 2021.
OG Shaq Mason has agreed to a 5-year, $50 Million contract extension with the New England Patriots, with $23.5 Million guaranteed.
Mason received an 81.6 grade from Pro Football Focus in 2017, ranking him 4th among offensive guards, and he is now one of the highest-paid offensive guards in football as a result. While no one likely has Mason on their fantasy teams, this news is good for the skill position players, particularly the running backs including Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead. Offensive line play is very important for running back success, and Mason is a key piece of the Patriots' line.
Shaq Mason was taken off the Patriots' PUP list Thursday and has promptly begun practicing with the team, Doug Kyed of NESN reports.
Mason who started 10 games for the Patriots last year is expected to start for the Patriots at right guard during the regular season opener. The Patriots struggled with the offensive line throughout the season and the health of Mason will be important for the team.