Derrick Mason has gotten around over the past five months. He was released by the Ravens when the NFL lockout ended. The New York Jets traded him in October. And after his brief stint with the Houston Texans ended last week, he found himself in the studio as a guest analyst for NFL Network.
In this video from NFL Network, Mason breaks down the young quarterbacks he played with in his recent NFL odyssey: Joe Flacco of the Ravens, Mark Sanchez of the Jets and T.J. Yates of the Texans. Eventually, the Ravens’ all-time receptions leader was asked to choose between Flacco and Sanchez.
“I’d take Flacco because I’ve spent a lot of time with Flacco and I understand the strides he’s made over his career,” said Mason, who caught 214 passes from Flacco in three seasons. “Not a knock on Sanchez or anything, but I spent a lot of time with Flacco. So I’d take a Flacco over Sanchez.”
Mason defended Flacco when he was asked about Flacco’s up-and-down play at times this season.
“I think Joe’s history is that he has been good over the long haul. He has games here and there where they’ve gotten behind. And when you get behind these defenses, they know you’ve got to pass the ball,” Mason said. “I wouldn’t look at Joe and say he’s been inconsistent.”
He was also complimentary of Sanchez, but he said the third-year quarterback is capable of more.
“One minute Sanchez plays like he’s the best quarterback in the NFL. The next minute he plays not up to the standard that even he wants. … I don’t know. I really don’t know,” Mason said. “The young man loves to work. [He’s a] very bright young guy. And he wants to win more than anybody else.”
Mason looked polished on camera, and he has often said he wants to get into broadcasting when his playing career is over. His co-host in the segment commented that Mason was “well-traveled in what was your final season in the National Football League,” though I’m not sure we have seen the last of Mason on an NFL field. If and when he does become a studio analyst, I will be looking forward to it.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun