Scouts Inc. on Derrick Mason
July, 16, 2010
By James Walker | ESPN.com
With the recent acquisition of three-time Pro Bowler Anquan Boldin, veteran receiver Derrick Mason will have a reduced role this year for the Baltimore Ravens. Mason, 36, is coming off his third straight 1,000-yard season but will be the No. 2 receiver for the first time in Baltimore.
What can we expect from Mason in 2010? The AFC North blog checked in with Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson to get some answers.
"Assuming he's pretty similar to where he finished up in 2009, I think Mason can still give Baltimore a lot of quality snaps. [Ravens quarterback] Joe Flacco loves him. It's a little bit different story now with so many weapons, but Flacco used to stare [Mason] down, especially in his rookie year. Mason is ultra reliable, he's a master craftsman and knows the position so well. He never looks out of balance, he catches everything thrown his way and all his routes start out the same. Mason is not going to give you anything after the catch or be a long threat. But he's going to get you what you need to get. I still think he's a real good football player."