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By Mike Preston | September 28, 2011
Despite being cut before the start of the Ravens training camp, former Baltimore wide receiver Derrick Mason has played well for the Jets, and had six catches in New York's loss to Oakland on Sunday. Mason will be one of three receivers the Ravens have to stop Sunday night here at M&T Bank Stadium. The other two are Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes. Mason is tied with two other receivers for third in receptions with ten. "Not having the OTA's and all that kind of stuff, we kind of just threw him to the wolves, so to speak," said Jets coach Rex Ryan.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2014
Former Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason spoke to Ray Rice shortly after the running back's arrest in February and found his old teammate to be reflective and remorseful.  Mason came away believing Rice would rebound and learn from the incident, in which he was charged with felony aggravated assault on his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer. But that doesn't mean Mason agreed with the two-game suspension NFL commissioner Roger Goodell handed down Thursday to Rice for violating the league's personal-conduct policy.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2012
Derrick Mason announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday, and he went out as a member of the Ravens. General manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh joined Mason in the auditorium at the Under Armour Performance Center as he said goodbye. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, wide receivers coach Jim Hostler, quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receiver Torrey Smith were among those in attendance. Mason spent most of the 30-minute news conference reminiscing about his time with the team and speaking about his decision to retire . But he also talked about the current state of the Ravens, specifically their offense.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2013
In one of the biggest moments of his NFL career, Joe Flacco started counting. There were six San Francisco 49ers defenders breathing on the Ravens offensive line. All-Pro pass rusher Aldon Smith walked in from the slot to join them. The strong safety, Donte Whitner, creeping toward the line of scrimmage, made it eight 49ers in the box. The Ravens needed just 1 yard on third down. But based on simple math, Flacco realized the Ravens were outnumbered up front and quickly calculated that his odds would improve if he audibled from the original play call - a run by Ray Rice to the right - to a quick pass to wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
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By Matt Vensel | May 11, 2012
For six seasons, Derrick Mason left cornerbacks slipping on the turf with his signature comeback routes - cuts that were sharp, surgical, and effective. Now, as he sprints into life after football, Mason may soon swerve back to Baltimore to retire as a member of the Ravens. Mason, the franchise's all-time leader in career receptions and receiving yards, told The Baltimore Sun on Friday he hopes to retire as a Raven. The 38-year-old has spoken with team officials about his desire, and it will likely happen once he officially retires.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2010
Derrick Mason said he hasn't returned punts with any regularity since 2004, but that hasn't stopped the wide receiver from seriously offering his services to the Ravens coaching staff. "I've done it before, and I was very good at it," said Mason, who went to his first Pro Bowl in 2000 as a member of the Tennessee Titans after leading the NFL in punt return yards (662) and ranking second in average yards on kick returns (27.0). "Not taking away from the guys that are doing it, but if you feel you can help the team in some aspect, you mention it to a coach.
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By Edward Lee | October 3, 2011
Paul Kruger hasn't lit up the stat sheet in his three years with the Ravens, but the outside linebacker may have made an indelible impression when he exchanged a few pleasantries with New York Jets wide receiver Derrick Mason. On third down-and-8 from the Jets' 36-yard line, Mason, a former Raven, caught a pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez, but was wrestled to the turf by Kruger one yard short of a first down. Afterward, Kruger and Mason traded some shoves, and other players joined in the fray before cooler heads prevailed.
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By Matt Vensel | March 7, 2011
Browns cornerback Eric Wright, who was torched by Anquan Boldin for three touchdowns in Week 3, recently told The Cleveland Plain Dealer that Browns fans threatened his life last season . Appearing on "The Norris & Davis Show" on 105.7 The Fan this morning, Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason was asked if he had ever received a death threat . He said no, adding that if you're going to threaten someone, you better do it to his...
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By Matt Vensel | May 19, 2011
When at least 20 Ravens players take the field at Towson University next week for informal workouts organized by wide receiver Derrick Mason, the Ravens will join the growing list of teams whose players decided to practice on their own during the NFL lockout. These workouts have become a hot topic. There is concern among some teams and some players about the injury risk involved when players are taking part in football drills away from team supervision . If a player suffers a serious injury now, it would be considered a “non-football injury,” which means it puts his contract in jeopardy after the lockout.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2014
Former Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason spoke to Ray Rice shortly after the running back's arrest in February and found his old teammate to be reflective and remorseful.  Mason came away believing Rice would rebound and learn from the incident, in which he was charged with felony aggravated assault on his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer. But that doesn't mean Mason agreed with the two-game suspension NFL commissioner Roger Goodell handed down Thursday to Rice for violating the league's personal-conduct policy.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2012
Derrick Mason announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday, and he went out as a member of the Ravens. General manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh joined Mason in the auditorium at the Under Armour Performance Center as he said goodbye. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, wide receivers coach Jim Hostler, quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receiver Torrey Smith were among those in attendance. Mason spent most of the 30-minute news conference reminiscing about his time with the team and speaking about his decision to retire . But he also talked about the current state of the Ravens, specifically their offense.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | June 11, 2012
Less than a year after his release from the Ravens left him angry and bitter, wide receiver Derrick Mason returned to the organization that he said his heart never left to say goodbye to the NFL. Wearing the same suit that he wore when he signed with the team in March 2005, Mason announced his retirement Monday, officially ending a stellar 15-year career in which he became the Ravens' all-time leader in catches and receiving yards. “There are not too many places you can go and be embraced the way the city of Baltimore embraced me,” Mason said during a news conference at the Ravens' team facility.
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By Matt Vensel | May 11, 2012
For six seasons, Derrick Mason left cornerbacks slipping on the turf with his signature comeback routes - cuts that were sharp, surgical, and effective. Now, as he sprints into life after football, Mason may soon swerve back to Baltimore to retire as a member of the Ravens. Mason, the franchise's all-time leader in career receptions and receiving yards, told The Baltimore Sun on Friday he hopes to retire as a Raven. The 38-year-old has spoken with team officials about his desire, and it will likely happen once he officially retires.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2012
This is the first installment of a three-part series in which Baltimore Sun staff writer Matt Vensel examines all three phases of the Ravens and how those areas can be improved this offseason. He will tackle the Ravens defense in Friday's newspaper and the special teams unit on Saturday. The Ravens, who made significant changes to their receiving corps during each of the past two offseasons, would benefit from continuity and stability on offense as they transition into 2012.
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By Kevin Cowherd | January 10, 2012
Lost in Tebow-mania and all the NFL playoff hoopla this week was the fact that Derrick Mason, the former Ravens wide receiver who is the franchise's all-time leader in pass receptions (471) and yards (5,777), has quietly announced his intention to retire. In his six seasons in Baltimore, the two-time Pro Bowler quickly emerged as a media favorite in the Ravens locker room and the go-to guy for anyone with questions about the offense. Smart, funny and articulate, Mason was also the ultimate loyal soldier, ready at a moment's notice to defend any of his teammates from what he felt was unwarranted criticism from the talk-show blowhards and ink-stained rabble-rousers in the press.
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By Edward Lee | January 9, 2012
After a nomadic 2011 campaign that included stops with the New York Jets and Houston Texans, Derrick Mason has concluded that it is time to end his 15-year career. “Right now, I'm just doing some analysis and spending time with my kids,” the former Ravens wide receiver told The Sun's Mike Preston from his home in Nashville. “Physically, I feel fine and I can still go play. Mentally, I've had enough. I know it's my time to get out and I plan to retire.” Mason, who was waived by the Ravens in the offseason, did not encounter much success, catching just 19 passes for 170 yards with the Jets and Texans.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2011
Hours after his former Ravens teammates said they would welcome his return, wide receiver Derrick Mason shocked them by announcing he would sign with the New York Jets. Mason, 37, is the Ravens' all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. The Ravens released him prior to camp to create $4.5 million in salary-cap room. "After a lot of very thoughtful and careful consideration, conversations with my family and prayer, I have decided to sign with the New York Jets," Mason said in a statement.
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By MIKE PRESTON | July 28, 2008
It was near the midway point of the morning practice yesterday, and Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason ran one of those post-corner routes, leaving cornerback Ronnie Prude in another zip code. Mason easily hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass. Minutes later, Mason was shaking veteran cornerback Chris McAlister loose as well. Regardless of who lines up against him, Mason, 34, doesn't seem to have lost a step. Despite 710 career receptions and 170 games played throughout a stellar 11-season career, Mason, at least for now, is winning the battle against an opponent that has not lost a fight: Father Time.
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Mike Preston | January 9, 2012
Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates can't Tim Tebow the Ravens. He has some charisma but not the big play ability of Tebow, which is why the Houston Texans won't beat the Ravens here Sunday in an AFC divisional- playoff game. The Ravens and Texans are similar and have the same formula for winning, but Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has more experience, a bigger arm and more big play ability than Yates, a rookie who has started only six games. If this was Flacco versus Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers or New Orleans' Drew Brees, then those teams have the edge.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2012
The benefits of the playoff bye weekend were obvious to John Harbaugh . The Ravens coach said players nursing various injuries and ailments appear much improved after getting the opportunity to rest for three consecutive days over the weekend. "From an injury perspective, we look good," Harbaugh said during his weekly conference Monday. "We anticipate everybody playing in the game [against the Houston Texans Sunday]. " Harbaugh said the turf toe injury that shelved inside linebacker Ray Lewis for four consecutive games earlier in the season is no longer a concern.
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