Who replaces Derrick Mason for Jets?

October, 12, 2011
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The New York Jets traded veteran receiver Derrick Mason to the Houston Texans. The Jets got a conditional seventh-round draft choice in return.

Here are some thoughts on the trade:
  • Last Sunday's benching against the New England Patriots was a prelude to this trade. Mason, and a lot of Jets, have been unhappy with the way things are going on offense. The Jets are ranked No. 28 offensively. Mason has never been shy to voice his opinions. But the Jets probably felt it was too detrimental for a team which already has a bruised psyche. New York is on a three-game losing streak.
  • Unless the Jets acquire another veteran, rookie Jeremy Kerley looks to be the favorite to get playing time as New York’s No. 3 receiver. Kerley showed flashes against the Patriots. He had three catches for 35 yards and a touchdown while Mason was benched. The coaches like Kerley's potential. A trade is another possibility. The Jets now lack depth at receiver if there is an injury to starters Santonio Holmes or Plaxico Burress.
  • I also understand why the Texans would make this move. Mason is a veteran who can help plug the hole for Andre Johnson, who is out for several weeks with a hamstring injury. The Texans didn’t look the same without Johnson in last week’s home loss to the Oakland Raiders. Houston needs some help to win games now.

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