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Derrick Mason: Texans Trade Conditional Draft Pick for Veteran Wide Receiver

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11:  Derrick Mason #85 of the New York Jets makes a recpetion against the Dallas Cowboys during their NFL Season Opening Game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Job TennantCorrespondent IIOctober 11, 2011

The Texans have acquired veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason from the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick.  The Texans have been dealt a major blow with the loss of Andre Johnson for at least another two weeks and were in need of another option at wide receiver to complement Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter.

Last week Jones, who stepped into the starting lineup to replace Johnson, was targeted 11 times but only had one reception for nine yards.  Head coach Gary Kubiak refrained from throwing Jones under the bus but anyone that was listening could read between the lines in what Kubiak said about Jones' route running on the flagship station of Texans SportsRadio 610.

In addition to the loss of Johnson and the ineffectiveness of Jones the Texans are also dealing with a minor injury for Bryant Johnson which left the team with only three receivers for their game against the Raiders. 

Kevin Walter stepped up admirably with 81 yards (including a top 10 catch on SportsCenter) and a touchdown, which is by far the best game of the season for him.  However, that was clearly not enough from the wide receivers.

Mason has had relatively little success thus far this season with only 115 yards on 13 receptions from the first five games in his first season with the Jets.  However, the entire Jets offense has struggled this year averaging under 300 yards per game of total offense.

Mason will have to work quickly to have a workable understanding of the Texans offense when they go against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.  Mason has spent his last six years in Baltimore before he signed with the Jets as a free agent this offseason.

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