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Derrick Mason: Joining Texans is a “breath of fresh air”

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Derrick Mason sounds happy to no longer be with the Jets.

The 37-year-old Texans receiver said it was “a breath of fresh air” to “come to a situation where they want you & they believe in what you can do.”

Well, he’s right about the Jets not wanting him.  That’s why they dumped him for what will likely amount to a bag of footballs. The Jets say Mason’s performance was the reason why they traded him. Ultimately we believe that was the biggest factor in his release.

If Mason was producing, the Jets would put up with his complaining.  Heck, they gave Santonio Holmes a huge contract and he complains all the time. Mason wasn’t producing, and it’s hard to imagine that will change much in Houston.

Nick Scurfield of HoustonTexans.com relays word that Mason says he will play Sunday, and will be spending all his time learning the playbook until the game.

The Ravens, meanwhile, will prepare to face their former teammate for their second straight game. Baltimore held Mason to 37 yards on two catches last time out.

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62 Responses to “Derrick Mason: Joining Texans is a “breath of fresh air””
  1. scudbot says: Oct 12, 2011 7:15 PM

    Shucks, I thought that everyone wants to play for Rex.

  2. kingviking414 says: Oct 12, 2011 7:16 PM

    “The 37-year old Texans receiver…”
    Doesn’t that line say it all?
    Can the Texans really believe he can help? I think not.

  3. trbowman says: Oct 12, 2011 7:20 PM

    “I will play Sunday.”

    He will. Wants a shot at his former team. Mason is gonna surprise people this week.

  4. marshmont says: Oct 12, 2011 7:21 PM

    damn. why can’t the ravens get a reciever like that.

  5. stealersfannot says: Oct 12, 2011 7:26 PM

    Mase may not have the top-end speed of a 22 year old but he’s still deadly sharp on his routes and cuts.

    Given a few weeks with Schaub to get timing down, he could be dangerous.

  6. caseyanthonymunoz says: Oct 12, 2011 7:28 PM

    Breath of fresh air = Thank God Sanchez is no longer my QB

  7. jigwig13 says: Oct 12, 2011 7:30 PM

    Now we all know the qb play is the reason for his bad play…sanchez is not good and the jets don’t want to admit it

  8. mistrezzrachael says: Oct 12, 2011 7:31 PM

    Will say this..Mason a PERFECT fit for jets…Alot of talk, no show…and no game.

    He could have helped them win their next SuperBowl in april.

    Congrats on your 43rd anniversary jet fans.

  9. firerosenthalthebastard says: Oct 12, 2011 7:35 PM

    I guess Houston thinks they’re just an over the hill receiver who complains to much away from making a deep run…

  10. jcjets says: Oct 12, 2011 7:36 PM

    whoa whoa whoa, stop the clock. It’s a bit of a stretch to say Holmes complains all the time. That’s just as bad as people on here who say you guys always hate on the jets, cowboys, eagles, etc. Way overstated.

    What other comments has Holmes made where he was complaining?

  11. waldoampere says: Oct 12, 2011 7:37 PM

    “Given a few weeks with Schaub to get timing down, he could be dangerous.”

    At this point in his career the only way Mason will be dangerous is if he’s packing heat.

  12. djstat says: Oct 12, 2011 7:39 PM

    The same CB’s who held him in check before will do again Sunday. All he needs to learn is one route because all he can do is the comeback route…just tell him when to run it.

  13. profootballwalk says: Oct 12, 2011 7:47 PM

    Randy Moss was happy to go to the Vikings last year.How did that work out for you?

  14. djteknision1200 says: Oct 12, 2011 7:53 PM

    The Jets say Mason’s performance was the reason why they traded him.
    ——————————————————-

    Well Santonio isn’t producing either, why didn’t they get rid of him? That is just hogwash..the man spoke out and they didn’t like it. That’s why he is gone.

  15. peester15 says: Oct 12, 2011 7:58 PM

    Maybe its not Rex as the problem…I’m beginning to think that Tannenbaum is the issue.

  16. joerevs300 says: Oct 12, 2011 7:58 PM

    Dear D-Mason,

    We also are feeling a lot of fresh air.

    Regards,

    Baltimore and the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS

  17. bigperm33 says: Oct 12, 2011 8:12 PM

    He was traded because of a combination of 1) he wasn’t being productive; 2) he kept complaining; and 3) the emergence of Kerley as a legit #3 receiver. Why have a #3 receiver who thinks he should be a #1 when you can have a young, hard working guy at #3 who likely will take anything he gets, play hard, and keep his mouth shut. A smart move by the Jets.

  18. jerseyshoregiant says: Oct 12, 2011 8:19 PM

    @djteknision1200

    You hit it on the head! none of the Jet receivers are doing anything. Reports were Mason, Santonio and Plax complained about the OC. The Jets only traded him because he opened his mouth and to take it a step further, they didn’t want his attitude to rub off and Plax anymore than it already has.

  19. alldayvikings says: Oct 12, 2011 8:19 PM

    profootballwalk

    Randy Moss was happy to go to the Vikings last year.How did that work out for you?

    It didn’t work out like we expected…

  20. goatcheez says: Oct 12, 2011 8:21 PM

    what this tells me more is Andre Johnson’s hamstring might not heal as quick as the Texans are telling us…

  21. jerseyshoregiant says: Oct 12, 2011 8:21 PM

    last sentence should say rub off on Plax

  22. habsman says: Oct 12, 2011 8:21 PM

    Top three receivers on the Jets:

    Larry, Moe and Kerley.

  23. nyjalleffingday says: Oct 12, 2011 8:43 PM

    @djtekennison

    Because the whole offense stinks, not just Holmes. Gridiron football is a team game

  24. dolphins4 says: Oct 12, 2011 8:46 PM

    Is there any way the Eagles could trade Juan Castillo and Andy Reid?

  25. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Oct 12, 2011 8:48 PM

    This move is more about the Jets than Mason. Losing creates delusions: If they’d just use me properly we’d be winning! Going to be fun watching the J-E-T-s unravel. With divas like Holmes and Plax it is only going to get worse.

  26. mikgaes says: Oct 12, 2011 9:04 PM

    Derrick the dickhead.

  27. ravenator says: Oct 12, 2011 9:05 PM

    Derrick Mason – “I want to play where I have the best chance for a superbowl”

    Now you have the courtesy of facing that very team, not once, but twice!

  28. mike5011ad says: Oct 12, 2011 9:05 PM

    “2 catches for 37 yards”. Well that is an improvement over the debacle that was Jacoby Jones last week…

  29. thekingdave says: Oct 12, 2011 9:09 PM

    @goatcheez

    No, this tells us that Jacoby Jones is a waste of an NFL player. Granted Derrick Mason is old and wasn’t productive with the Jets, he’s still an upgrade over Jacoby.

  30. rexismybff says: Oct 12, 2011 9:16 PM

    And this guy is 10-times the receiver Ochocinco is this year.

  31. mustangplayer58 says: Oct 12, 2011 9:30 PM

    I guess next week he’ll be traded to the Jaguars? Give it up Mason. You aren’t going to “hand it to your old team”. You should know that by now. Rex has been trying his hardest since he left. Ravens 2, Sexy Rexy 0

  32. 52raylewis says: Oct 12, 2011 9:32 PM

    Woah, woah, woah, stop the clock…laughed out loud at that one, good stuff jcjets. I just don’t think they knew how to use him; Still got love for Mase here in Baltimore…

  33. veraky says: Oct 12, 2011 9:43 PM

    Oct 12, 2011 8:21 PM
    what this tells me more is Andre Johnson’s hamstring might not heal as quick as the Texans are telling us…
    ********************************************
    Maybe or else it could have something to do with how terrible Jacoby Jones is. Guy is filling in for Andre but at 1/1oth the productivity and even that’s probably a generous estimate. I hate to say it but if TO is healthy they should give him a look….

  34. itstariq says: Oct 12, 2011 9:49 PM

    What it actually tells us is that Jacoby Jones sucks at WR. We already knew that.

  35. j0esixpack says: Oct 12, 2011 10:03 PM

    Mason was probably just commenting about Rex Ryan’s notorious farting.

  36. j0esixpack says: Oct 12, 2011 10:17 PM

    This has been quite a week for the Jets…

    For those of you just catching up in the span of just a few days the Jets:

    lost to the Patriots’

    are mired in third place

    cut one of their most prominent free agent signings – a 14 veteran who couldn’t be happier to be far away from that locker room

    have begun to become embroiled in GoodellGate, as more and more question why the Commissioner won’t request a copy of the videotape taken from the sideline by a Jets employee with his camera clearly pointing away from the ball and at the Patriots sideline

    and are generally imploding before our eyes

    even the most die hard Jets fan knows that if the Cowboys don’t roll over and play dead for them this team is 1-4

    The only saving grace for the coach who once again guaranteed a Super Bowl victory for the Jets is that they’re playing the Dolphins

    It’s somewhat ironic that this game against a 0-4 team is a “must win” for Rexy and the Jets.

    It’ll be interesting to see how much trash talk Jets fans, coaches and players get into this week – if they have half a brain they might actually realize the Fins are coming off a bye and have nothing to lose – as opposed to Rexy and the Jets who have everything to lose on Monday night

    get your popcorn boys and girls!

  37. FinFan68 says: Oct 12, 2011 10:18 PM

    Mason used to be a very good receiver. Not so much any more. How the Jets decided he was better than Cotchery is beyond me

  38. faulkana says: Oct 12, 2011 10:18 PM

    rexismybff says:
    Oct 12, 2011 9:16 PM
    And this guy is 10-times the receiver Ochocinco is this year.
    ————————————————–
    This might be true right now, but Ochocinco isn’t needed to contribute right now. The Pats have 10 players that can catch a football better than the Jet’s #1 receiver.
    I have a feeling, a little hopeful, that Ochocinco will come around and turn out to be quite valuable towards the end of the year. Meanwhile, Smilin’ Plax and Stoner-boy will still be yapping and dropping balls for a 5 win team.

  39. tecmobowl34 says: Oct 12, 2011 10:21 PM

    as a bears fan, i would have welcomed him

  40. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 12, 2011 10:23 PM

    People are getting too worked up over this. It has nothing to do with Andre Johnson’s hamstring and everything to do with Jacoby Jones’ lack of route-running ability. Andre was jogging today at practice; he’s coming along very nicely.

    Jets fans are talking trash because Mason is talking trash, both of which we’ve all come to expect. Nothing new there.

    I don’t think any sane Texans fan thinks Mason give Houston a better shot to win this weekend in Baltimore. If the Texans win, it’s going to be because the defense really gets after it and forces some turnovers. I see the Texans scoring somewhere in the 16-20 point range.

    And the Texans are giving up, what? A seventh round pick? There’s really no risk here for anyone. If Mason gives them anything at all, it’ll be more than they’ve been getting from their third WR.

    Show’s over. Nothing more to see here. Move along.

  41. vahawker says: Oct 12, 2011 10:43 PM

    Won’t take long before Mason starts stinking up that “fresh air”

  42. whatwouldlombardido says: Oct 12, 2011 10:54 PM

    This is Kubiak admitting that Jones (his pick) will never be a NFL receiver. If Jacoby had a brain, he would have gotten open for Schaub at the back of the endzone the end of the Raiders game. Instead, he ran around in circles. If Mason can get open in the endzone just once a game he’ll be an improvement over what the Texans have now.

  43. buzzbissinger says: Oct 12, 2011 10:58 PM

    In the words of the Hoodie, “Shut the f**k up Mason and look at the scoreboard”.

  44. thesportsguy52 says: Oct 12, 2011 11:00 PM

    As a Ravens fan, I can certainly empathize with D-Mase: Anyone who is forced to catch passes from Kyle Boller for 4 years deserves credit. More to the point, in just 5 seasons, Mason racked up well over 5,000 receiving yards, as well as over 450 receptions. Though he’s not a burner, those numbers as well as his career stats are worthy of the Hall of Fame.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see him have some decent games with Houston… Just not at the Bank next week.

  45. dukemarc says: Oct 12, 2011 11:02 PM

    I imagine sitting in a small film room with Rexy after Enchilada night could be lacking in “fresh” air.

  46. bobbyb06073 says: Oct 12, 2011 11:03 PM

    To quote Arnold: Girly girl…. Enjoy your last year in the NFL….

  47. diablito0402 says: Oct 12, 2011 11:14 PM

    Yeahh you’re right, the man spoke out, told them the jets are overrated, coach talks too much and isnt all that good, and they didnt like it..now trade me,, ” CANT WAIT”

  48. rockhill32 says: Oct 12, 2011 11:26 PM

    “Baltimore held Mason to 37 yards on two catches last time out.”

    That was on 3 targets according to NFL.com PDF gamebook. 37 yards led all Jets receivers. Santonio Holmes had 3 catches on 18 targets for 33 yards. Hard to say Mason was bad compared to other Jets receivers.

  49. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 12, 2011 11:34 PM

    Excellent point, dukemarc.

    Also, I just realized the Texans overpaid big time. I’m thinking a package of socks, some toenail polish, and a tube of foot lotion would have gotten it done.

  50. lostsok says: Oct 12, 2011 11:39 PM

    Only the Jets could make a whiney over-priced over-aged WR look like the GOOD guy.

  51. monropoobah says: Oct 13, 2011 6:23 AM

    djteknision1200 says:
    Oct 12, 2011 7:53 PM
    The Jets say Mason’s performance was the reason why they traded him.
    ——————————————————-

    Well Santonio isn’t producing either, why didn’t they get rid of him? That is just hogwash..the man spoke out and they didn’t like it. That’s why he is gone.

    —————————————–

    holmes 17/224/2. it’s not amazing stats but not producing??
    mason was below expectations AND complaining. if that’s why he’s gone, so what?

  52. jharmon64 says: Oct 13, 2011 6:30 AM

    Didn’t Mason actually retire a couple of years ago and the Ravens talked him into coming back?

    That should tell us he didn’t have much desire or much left in the tank, or both.

  53. jsratx says: Oct 13, 2011 8:19 AM

    Mason, “a breath of fresh air”

    Texans fan, “a waft of an old, slow receiver”

  54. ravenshaterssuckdonkeydick says: Oct 13, 2011 8:35 AM

    He said the same thing when he went to the Jets about being wanted and such. He’s just a bitter man at this point.

    Mase, your done. Hang em up dude. You’ve had a good run but a championship is going to elude to you sir.

  55. kev86 says: Oct 13, 2011 9:16 AM

    Jets might have 53 lousy draft picks in 2012.

  56. supashug says: Oct 13, 2011 9:32 AM

    Flaccos arm strength allowed Mason to hang on the past 3 years, Mason needs the ball to be thrown to the flat. Sanchez doesnt have that ability and not sure Schaub does either. Could be all she wrote. He was a very big gamer for the Ravens but they needed more, and found it for sure

  57. wtf_seriously says: Oct 13, 2011 10:09 AM

    j0esixpack says:
    Oct 12, 2011 10:17 PM
    This has been quite a week for the Jets…

    For those of you just catching up in the span of just a few days the Jets:

    lost to the Patriots’

    are mired in third place

    cut one of their most prominent free agent signings – a 14 veteran who couldn’t be happier to be far away from that locker room

    have begun to become embroiled in GoodellGate, as more and more question why the Commissioner won’t request a copy of the videotape taken from the sideline by a Jets employee with his camera clearly pointing away from the ball and at the Patriots sideline

    and are generally imploding before our eyes…

    ==========================

    And Joesixpack is commenting on every Jets post, still, as his kind-of-twisted obsession for all things Gang Green continues.

    Fixed it for you.
    You’re welcome.

  58. wtf_seriously says: Oct 13, 2011 10:12 AM

    ravenshaterssuckdonkeydick says:
    Oct 13, 2011 8:35 AM
    He said the same thing when he went to the Jets about being wanted and such. He’s just a bitter man at this point.

    Mase, your done. Hang em up dude. You’ve had a good run but a championship is going to elude to you sir.

    ==========================

    Well said and very true, ravenhaters…
    I had a feeling Mason would be gone long before the season ends.
    He’s Texas’ problem now.

  59. semperfi24 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:22 PM

    monropoobah says: Oct 13, 2011 6:23 AM

    djteknision1200 says:
    Oct 12, 2011 7:53 PM
    The Jets say Mason’s performance was the reason why they traded him.
    ——————————————————-

    Well Santonio isn’t producing either, why didn’t they get rid of him? That is just hogwash..the man spoke out and they didn’t like it. That’s why he is gone.

    —————————————–

    holmes 17/224/2. it’s not amazing stats but not producing??
    mason was below expectations AND complaining. if that’s why he’s gone, so what?
    ________________________________

    I wouldnt be too happy if my number one receiver had stats like that…

  60. galvestontexans says: Oct 13, 2011 12:31 PM

    If they would judt tell Jacoby Jones that this is a pre-season game he would be unstoppable. I hope Mason can help I dont think he can hurt. I was really thinking Bryant Johnson might step up.

  61. joeyballgame4 says: Oct 13, 2011 3:32 PM

    i hope this turns out like Randy Moss, and the ravens end up playing vs this guy 3 or 4 times

  62. kappy32 says: Oct 13, 2011 5:34 PM

    I love how Jets fans LOVED this signing when it happened & now that the guy called a spade a spade by calling out the Dirty Sanchise, Rexy & Schotty, fans think this guy is trash. Jets fans have to be the most brainwashed, simpleminded individuals I have ever met in my life & I have many of these Manchurian Candidate fans in my family.

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