AFC North: Keyshawn Johnson

Take your pick: Mason vs. Johnson

September, 17, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker


During their verbal jousting this week, Baltimore Ravens receiver Derrick Mason provided an open challenge to new adversary and ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson.
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“If he wants to hash this out man to man or talk about it, you want to stack up numbers man to man and talk about it, we can do that,” Mason said. “Remember, Keyshawn, you were a No. 1 pick in the draft and I was a fourth-rounder, and our numbers still pretty much stack up, OK? But let’s go.”

So in this week’s version of “Take your pick” in the AFC North, we open the forum to Mason’s challenge.

Which NFL receiver was better: Derrick Mason or Keyshawn Johnson?

Keep in mind Mason, 35, is still playing while Johnson, 37, is retired. Therefore, the situation is somewhat fluid.

But here are the career numbers as they currently stand:

Mase vs. Key
Player Rec. Yards TD Seasons
Keyshawn Johnson 814 10,571 64 11
Derrick Mason 794 10,108 52 13*
*Mason is currently one game into his 13th season.


Right now the numbers are nearly identical. So throughout their solid careers, which receiver would you have wanted on your team?

Take your pick.

Mase vs. Key continues

September, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker


It’s the verbal jousting that just won’t end.
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Baltimore Ravens receiver Derrick Mason and former receiver and current ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson continue to go at each other through the media.

Johnson’s “bum” comment recently caused a stir in the Ravens’ locker room, although it was unclear exactly who Johnson was referring to, if anyone at all. Mason, a leader in Baltimore, took it personal as comments aimed toward his offensive teammates and fired back after the Ravens scored 38 points in a win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

On Wednesday Mason said Johnson had more to say, so he does as well.

"Keyshawn knows where I’m at, he knows where the Ravens’ facility is," Mason said to Baltimore reporters. "So if he wants to hash this out man to man or talk about it, you want to stack up numbers man to man and talk about it, we can do that.

"Remember, Keyshawn, you were a No. 1 pick in the draft and I was a fourth-rounder, and our numbers still pretty much stack up, OK? But let’s go."

Whoa!

Although this makes for great headlines, this could be getting a little too personal. Both have strong personalities and obviously have struck a chord with one another. But it may be time to pull the plug and find a way to make peace.

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC North:

Morning take: This signing displays some internal uncertainty coming from the Browns in regards to the legal situation of Donte' Stallworth.

  • Former NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson, the cousin of Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ocho Cinco, said he recently talked to Ocho Cinco but isn't sure where he stands with Cincinnati.

Morning take: Things have definitely been quiet on the Ocho Cinco front. But everyone will have a little more information next week when Cincinnati opens its offseason program.

Morning take: This should be a hard-hitting matchup with plenty of good story lines. But, of course, I would have preferred to see the Steelers and Baltimore Ravens kick off the 2009 season on a national stage.

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