Rex Ryan thinks Derrick Mason will get 90-100 catches


As a starter in Baltimore last year, Derrick Mason caught 61 passes. So now that Mason is a No. 3 receiver in New York, what kind of production are the Jets expecting of him?

Try 90 to 100 catches.

That’s what Jets head coach Rex Ryan thinks Mason will do in the Jets’ offense this season, according to ESPN’s Suzy Kolber, who interviewed Ryan before tonight’s Jets preseason opener.

“Adding Derrick Mason is huge,” Ryan said. “I don’t know if people realize how big that is.”

Mason has topped 90 catches three times, including a career-high 103 catches in 2007 — a season that Ryan saw up close as a Ravens assistant. But to think Mason could get into that range this year, at age 37, is awfully farfetched.

And it’s even more farfetched to think Mason could do it in the Jets’ offense, which is still run-first, pass-second, and which spreads the ball around so much that no one caught more than 55 balls last year. Mason probably won’t become Mark Sanchez’s favorite receiver, but even if he does, he’s not catching 90 or more passes while Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, Dustin Keller, Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson are all hoping to get their share of the catches as well.

It’s not exactly breaking news to say that Ryan sometimes goes overboard when he’s talking up his team, but to predict that Mason will get close to 100 catches this season is a bit much even for Rex.

83 responses to “Rex Ryan thinks Derrick Mason will get 90-100 catches

  1. As usual, Rex says something as a joke and it is reported as a prediction or bona fide assessment of his team.

    Stop taking everything literally for five minutes.

  2. Gosh, Rex Ryan sure talks alot ……. Now if he could only say something that people could take seriously …….

    Eventually, Jet Fans will want him gone, out the door, unemployed, ex- Jet HC, etc. …… It will happen ….. Sooner rather than later …..

  3. Of course he will! And Sanchez will throw for 40+ TDs, Shaun Greene will rush for 2,000 yards, defense will only give up 3 PPG, and the Jets will win the Superbowl 56-0.


  4. yeah, 90 to 100 only if Tom Brady, Drew Brees or Peyton was tossin’ him the rock. And if he does get 100 nabs it tells me the Jets O has receded (which they have) compared to last year because they won’t be able to count on anyone else. Mason’s almost 38 years old. Put down the pipe Rex.

  5. He also said they will be the first team to play the superbowl in space.against shark/human hybrid players.and after they win he will be given the united states presidency but will turn it down after deciding to become emporer of earth.

  6. Is there going to be a point when this team stops running its mouth? It’s all great since they have been to two straight afc championships but when they don’t perform is someone finally going to be held accountable? Sanchez’s stats are comparable to Chad Henne’s, actually Sanchez’s are worse, and Henne is being booed out of camp by his own fans.

    Mason is 37, drops a ton of balls, and is playing with a quarterback who won’t get Holmes 90 catches, let alone his third receiver. Can’t wait for the Jets to go 9-7 and relax with these ridiculous comments

  7. Rex really shouldn’t eat brownies given to him by Santonio Holmes before going on ESPN.

    Mason 90-100 catches, jets winning the Super Bowl,

    Harold Camping is on line #1 Rex. Two peas in a pod.

  8. I personally think that Rex is a bit stupid. Yes, he’s clearly a good coach. But when it comes to common sense, I think he lacks.

  9. Just annoying. Why does he always make predictions on EVERYTHING. Shut your mouth and focus on your team. You have a 14-2 Defense and a 2-14 offense. Hang it up.

  10. The team motto is written right on the locker room wall:

    “Everyone catches something from Sanchez”….

    Oh wait, that’s the girls’ locker room at the area high schools.


  11. rex ryan is on a drug, its called charlie sheen.

    Plus with all the 3 and out’s the jets d will cause, jets o will probably have ball more time to allow the sanchez to throw more.

  12. Mason was the only target on some of those Ravens teams. It’s no wonder he caught so many balls. On the Jets the only way he could get that many catches is if he plays slot and can actually get open, which he cannot. He’ll be a sure handed target on 3rd down and he’ll catch 30 or 40 max.

    Rex is just pumping Mason up publicly, but he’s not what he once was.

  13. The sports media seem to give more attention to blowhard, big-talking braggers, clowns and outright liars than to anyone else. But among the first to get bored and weary with Ryan’s prognostication antics and his disdain for other teams and his own former players will be guys he puts on the spot to back up his mouthings. They’ll see him for what he is. Then they’ll lose respect for him. Then the losing sets in……then the owner steps in and changes directions.

  14. “…Derrick Mason is huge,” Ryan said. “I don’t know if people realize how big that is.”
    What the hell is Rex talking about????

  15. In order for Mason to catch 90-100 balls, Sanchez will need to throw 90-100 completions this season.

  16. offsideburns says:
    Aug 15, 2011 6:14 PM

    what the hell is Rex on?

    Feet. He is drunk on feet 24/7.

  17. Rex Ryan likes to keep the attention on himself. And off of his young QB. Being in the limelight in NYC can be a bit overwhelming for a 24 year old.

  18. Everyone will be shocked when the Rex Ryan gameplan completely removes running from the playbook and insists on throwing 700+ short slants and screens to every conceivable back and receiver. 100 catches for everybody!!!

  19. Why not just say “infinity?” Derek Mason will catch infinity balls this year, for infinity yards and infinity touchdowns. LT and Shonn Greene will combine for infinity X 6 rushing and receiving yards with also infinity touchdowns. Mark Sanchez will be the first player to be inducted to Canton during the season, after weeks 5 or 6, Rex couldn’t decide. Oh and the defense will score a touchdown every time the other offense takes the field.

  20. He may talk alot but I gotta admit he’s one hell of a coach…..back to back arc championship appearances with a rookie qb and 2nd year? Id take him as the coach for my team in a heartbeat

  21. brandyontx says:
    Aug 15, 2011 6:52 PM
    Anyone who takes anything Rex says at face value, is an idiot… Guy just knows how to work a crowd.

    Plenty of idiots here, brandy. They’re called “Pats fans”.

  22. I have to say i am sorry to Jets fans. I didn’t understand the signings of WR’s they ahve made this offseason when they let the most productive guy go.

    Well i had forgot who they drafted. J. Kerley from TCU is going to be a GREAT WR. Maybe not this year as he is a rookie and playing behind people. But by next season this guy will be starting. He has that ability to get open “it” factor for a WR. Though i think they will suffer this season with who they have. I now get why they didn’t invest in a long term deal with any of the WR’s that were out there. Sanchez still sucks but the Jets were not as dumb as i thought they were when it came to signing WR’s

  23. Well, Rex promise a Super Bowl victory last year too and we all know how well that turned out.

    Still, as a Patriots fan I look at Mason and know that even at 37 he may still be good for 60-70 catches.

    If he can do that – and he proved he could last year – 90 would be a stretch, but not a huge one, especially if Mason is a dink and dunk 5 yard dump pass option, which may be how they choose to use him.

  24. Rex is going to promise a Super Bowl victory every year until he wins one. And then, he’s going to promise another one. It’s just how he rolls. He talks a lot but he’s a defensive genius and the players seem to play for him. I think we all know (including Rex) that Mason isn’t coming close to 90 catches.

  25. I cant believe how many trolls you can have commenting on one Jets article. If you guys spent this much time cheering for your own teams instead of hating the Jets maybe they would be able to go deep into the playoffs every year too.

    By the way, the fat jokes and feet jokes are hilarious, but most of all they are very original. I have never heard any of these types of jokes before.

    Will Mason catch 90-100 balls? Heck no. He will catch about 60 or so. The reason Rex does this is to put himself out there for critique instead of his players and thats why they all love playing for him. 80%+ of fans of other teams in the league wish they could get as good a head coach as Ryan. How many coaches in the NFL are better than him? Really, list them out for me.

    Show your support for your favorite teams rather than wasting time rooting against the Jets. Like it or not, they will be a top 10 team at worst for a while so get used to it while your teams are either fighting for a high draft pick or getting bounced out of the first round of the playoffs.

  26. Jabba the Jet and footballfan80 weren’t even close. Try 13 catches for 115 yards.

    As for who is a better coach, let’s see, here is a list:

    John Harbaugh
    Jim Harbaugh

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