Mason comments on Rex, Jets

October, 12, 2011
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On his first day with the Texans, Derrick Mason sounded like a man thrilled to be starting over. He called it a "breath of fresh air," insisted he still can be a productive player and claimed he's done talking about the Jets.

"I come to a situation (with) a team that’s winning, a young team, an exciting team," Mason told the Houston media Wednesday, describing what his old team -- the Jets -- are not.

Mason didn't take any parting jobs at the team that traded him after only five games.

“I’m done, I just want to put that behind me as quickly as possible," he said." They can continue to talk about it if they want, but I’ve got a job to do, and that’s to come here and play good football. I can’t worry about what happened in New York. I enjoyed my two months there, if it was that. I enjoyed Rex (Ryan). I’ve been knowing Rex for a long time, but things just don’t last.

"Sometimes you go in with one thought as an organization and then you come out with another, so I think it was a win-win for everybody. I’m not upset. Like I said, I’m going to put it behind me as quickly as possible and move on.”

Mason disputed the Jets' contention that he wasn't getting it done on the field.

"What I’m able to do out there on the field hasn’t diminished; the numbers may have, but if you watch me week-in and week-out, it’s the same guy," he said.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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