Derrick Mason played six seasons for the Ravens, and he also saw them just two weeks ago while he was with the New York Jets.
That prompted the obvious question to Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak on whether the decision to acquire the veteran receiver Tuesday night was motivated partly by a desire to get more information on the Ravens, their opponent Sunday.
"Not at all. We're going through some issues right now as a football team," Kubiak said this morning on a conference call with Ravens reporters. "We've got some nicks going on. We lost some players. Obviously Andre Johnson is out. Bryant Johnson got nicked on us a little bit last week in practice. We're just trying to get ourselves back together full strength here from a position standpoint. We had an opportunity to acquire a veteran who has played very well in this league. Hopefully, he'll be able to come in and help us out."
The Texans acquired Mason from the Jets for a conditional seventh-round pick. Mason struggled with the Jets, playing just five snaps in their loss to the New England Patriots Sunday while losing his No.3 receiver spot to rookie Jeremy Kerley.
Mason also had been vocal about the Jets' offensive struggles, which led to some speculation that he was benched last Sunday because of his comments. Jets coach Rex Ryan denied that was the case.
Asked if he was concerned with the factors behind Mason's exit in New York, Kubiak said, "I don't get into that. We'll give him an opportunity here. I know a lot of guys that have coached him and he's played very well in this league, at a high level for a long team. We've got an opportunity here that he can help us out so we'll give him a chance to do that."