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Houston Texans Trade Conditional 7th Round Pick To Jets For Derrick Mason

Hmmm...

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There are a lot of reasons why the Texans may have traded for Jets wide receiver Derrick Mason. They certainly didn't give up much for him in just a conditional seventh rounder. But, why make the move now? I think the Oakland game made Houston's front office reconsider the options at receiver.

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We know Houston has already brought in two different receivers in Bryant Johnson and David Anderson to try and bolster that corps. And that was with a healthy Andre Johnson in the mix. With him out one or two more weeks, the Texans needed a veteran presence who can take some pressure off Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter.

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I'm just not sure if Mason is the guy. After signing with the Jets in the offseason, Mason had 13 catches for 115 yards in five games. That's more production than all but two Houston receivers this season, which is sad in itself. Who knows how much production the 37-year old has left, but he probably makes a better option than the underperforming Jones right now.

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The other reason why I think this move makes sense is that Mason just spent six years in Baltimore and the Texans are conveniently playing the Ravens this week. It wouldn't be the first time a player was brought in for a scouting report on another team. I'm not sure how much Mason will help, but if he gives the Texans a competitive advantage, it was worth a conditional seventh rounder.

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