Holmes-Burress-Mason the Answer to Ochocinco-Welker-Branch?


The New York Jets have been aggressive in free agency these past two seasons. Now, they are on the verge of adding locker room leader WR Derrick Mason from Rex’s old Ravens who will put the Jets wide receiving unit – in an offense with influence from newly added Tom Moore – into the discussion of best in the league.

Mason is on his way to take a physical in the Big Apple tomorrow and, if he passes, they plan on signing the fiercely competitive wideout (Matt Rybaltowski, CBS Sports).

Derrick Mason, a returner and back-up his first three seasons, has eight 1000-yard seasons and has caught 66 touchdowns and an additional 2 TDs and a punt return TD in 16 career playoff games (11 as a starter).

Jerricho Cotchery is still on the team as well.

Across the AFC East, I really feel for Chad Henne. While he was quite inconsistent in his second year as starter, no one should ever judge someone based on PRACTICE. Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, Davone Bess, and a healthy Brandon Marshall will give him a chance to compete in this fully tricked-out division. The prognosis for the Steve Johnson-Lee Evans-Marcus Easley-Brad Smith Bills isn’t as good, but we’ll see.


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3 Responses to “Holmes-Burress-Mason the Answer to Ochocinco-Welker-Branch?”

  1. Russ Loede says:

    Don’t forget about third-round pick Edmond a.k.a. “Clyde” Gates from Abilene Christian, the same college Bears receiver Johnny Knox attended. Clyde ran a 4.37 40, and should compliment Marshall nicely in Miami. The Dolphins have so many weapons surrounding Henne, he has no reason but to succeed.

    • Chris Bach says:

      Ultimately, the O-line is going to be the deciding factor on whether or not Henne has no reason but to succeed but Edmond Gates, Brian Hartline and Anthony Fasano could open things up to where Marshall, Bess and Bush all have over 50 catches and 5 TD receptions.

      I actually don’t know if the booing necessarily bothers me as much as the doom-and-gloom fans that are really panicking about his practice performance days afterward. It’s one thing to be in the moment and boo reflexively but it’s another thing to not be able to step back and remember that your team won six road games featuring Henne as the starter.

  2. Russ Loede says:

    Consider, ESPN’s NFL Scout Matt Williamson says Dolphins have a better defense than Ravens.

    http://twitter.com/#!/WilliamsonNFL/status/97107434786660352

    In later tweets, he mentions the “great DL” being the primary reason. Says just a free safety (like Clemons) away.

    When you take this into consideration, Miami could surprise and compete with New England and New York Jets if Henne does an admirable job.

    The Dolphins are a well-rounded team, and will be more balanced on offense this season. The addition of Pouncey to the line will only help.

    Lastly, Cameron Wake is “James Harrison lite.” I wouldn’t be shocked if he keeps up his torrid pace.

    Could this be a team on the verge? Knocking on the door, on the cusp of making a run in the AFC East, say, NE or NY unexpectedly stumbles. Improving home play has to be the first step, if so.