Report: Mason benched 'because of his mouth'

October 10, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Released by the Ravens this summer, Derrick Mason may already be wearing out his welcome in New York.

According to a report by Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, the Jets receiver played sparingly in Sunday’s 30-21 loss to the New England Patriots “because of his mouth.” After the Ravens roughed up the Jets in Week 4, Mason was critical of his offense, telling reporters, "Obviously, there are some things that need to change.”

Ryan said Sunday that Mason’s role was diminished because the team wanted to get an extended look at rookie wide receiver Jeremy Curley, who caught three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

There is also a report circulating that Mason, Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress each independently approached Ryan recently to complain about offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and his offense.

"OK, let me say this: I've been in this thing 15 years and I've never criticized the offensive coordinator to a head coach -- never once," Mason told The New York Post. "I've got enough problems going on myself.”

Jenny Vrentas of The Newark Star-Ledger reported that one of those problems is learning the Jets offense, according to her source. “This is surprising because Mason came from the Ravens, and their offensive system under Cam Cameron is very similar to Brian Schottenheimer’s with the Jets,” Vrentas wrote in the report.

Meanwhile, Mason said, “I think I’m picking up on it well enough to go out there and play fast football.”

Mason, the leading receiver in Ravens history, has 13 catches for 115 yards in five games with the Jets.

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