There’s been a weekly Shaq attack this season in New England. Right guard Shaq Mason has improved as much as any lineman on the roster this year, but more than that, he seems to make at least one highlight-reel block in every game. That’s atypical for the big fellas up front who are usually stuck in the shadows. But at Gillette Stadium, the Masonry is on full display. When asked if the Patriots rewind some of Mason’s highlights to revel in his best work, center David Andrews smirked and conceded, “Every now and then.” When linemen flatten someone, they admit to hitting the rewind button to get an extra few laughs, and Mason is often the star of the show. “I take a lot of pride in it because, really, when you’re out there, you’re trying to take another man’s will,” Mason said. “That’s all it is in the trenches, so there’s a lot of pride taken in that aspect of it. If it happens like that and you pancake a guy or make a touchdown block, definitely you take pride in it.” When the running backs know Mason is tasked with opening the lane, they recognize the potential for a big gain. “I look forward to it,” Dion Lewis said. “If I know I’ve got him pulling, I’m going to stay behind him because I know he is going to make the right read and a great block for me. When I’m behind him, I pay close attention to that.” Mason might have just had his best game of the season when the Patriots knocked off the Bills, 37-16, at Gillette. He blasted defensive tackle Kyle Williams and drove him into the end zone to open a huge hole for Mike Gillislee during his easy 1-yard touchdown plunge. And Mason flattened defensive end Jerry Hughes to pave the way for Lewis’ 12-yard touchdown on a screen pass. He later pulled left to stone linebacker Matt Milano on Lewis’ 4-yard scoring run.
Patriots linemen enjoy tasty visits to Shaq Mason’s pancake house
Boston Herald | Dec 29