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Week 1 vs. CIN
Receiving: 4 / 44 / 0 on 6 targets
While he was QB Joe Flacco's favorite target, that circumstance failed to translate into an overly productive day for the veteran Mason. As offensive coordinator Cam Cameron had clearly formulated a conservative game for his rookie signal caller, Mason's receptions were all in the short to medium range, and he simply did not have the separation or speed to gain yards after the catch.
Week 3 vs. CLE
Receiving: 4 / 42 / 0 on 5 targets
Mason was Joe Flacco's favorite target, but he only caught four balls for 42 yards. He made a nice move that could have led to a touchdown but Brandon McDonald held Mason to save it.
Week 4 vs. PIT
Receiving: 8 / 137 / 0 on 14 targets
WR Derrick Mason had a big game for the Ravens. He brought the ball to the five yard line on a third down reception for 35 yards which setup the game-tying score from RB LeRon McClain. He was easily QB Joe Flacco's favorite target throughout the game. One reception was originally ruled incomplete but a booth challenge overturned the play as Mason clearly dragged both feet in bounds.
In the first quarter, Mason nearly had a touchdown catch but the play was ruled incomplete. Replay revealed that Mason may have had both feet in bounds but there was no challenge from the Ravens' coaching staff.
Week 5 vs. TEN
Receiving: 5 / 38 / 0 on 8 targets
While he was QB Joe Flacco's favorite target, Mason was primarily used in short routes that gave him little chance to make plays. As a result of this, Mason's day was rather unremarkable.
Week 6 vs. IND
Receiving: 6 / 70 / 0 on 7 targets
While he was regularly targeted in the passing game, Mason turned in a quiet performance (as did virtually every Raven), with a single notable exception. Late in the game, as the contest was no longer in doubt, Mason was able to get down field and corral a long pass for a gain of 54 yards.
Week 7 vs. MIA
Receiving: 6 / 87 / 1 on 8 targets
Despite QB Joe Flacco dropping back to pass only 23 times on the day, Mason was targeted on over a third of those attempts, hauled in six and put up his best performance of the season. From his opening reception in the first quarter through the remainder of the contest, Mason was able to gain separation, make the catches, and elude defenders. As a result, passes that had been going for five or ten yards earlier in the season, started going for 15 to 20 against the Dolphins. On his TD reception, Mason was able to find the hole in the defense and plant himself just inside the goal line for the easy score.
Week 8 vs. OAK
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 5 targets
Despite being targeted the most on the team with five targets, Mason only managed to catch one ball for 3 yards.
Week 9 vs. CLE
Receiving: 9 / 136 / 1 on 10 targets
Mason had an amazing game, catching nine of the 11 balls thrown his way. He managed to break one of the shorter passes for a 28 yard touchdown, his longest reception of the day. He hauled in everything Joe Flacco threw his way and it was an impressive showing.
Week 10 vs. HOU
Receiving: 3 / 41 / 0 on 5 targets
While he started the game, Mason suffered a left shoulder injury early on that took him out of the action for significant stretches, and thus limited his targets to only a half dozen. While he managed to convert half of those looks, Mason only contributed one significant play --- taking a short pass on the last play of the third quarter, spinning away from the covering DB, and dashing up the right sideline for 21 yards. Mason might have contributed a second big play early in the first quarter as he looked ready to haul in a long TD pass in the end zone, but Houston Jaques Reeves managed to break up the play at the last moment.
Week 11 vs. NYG
Receiving: 7 / 82 / 0 on 11 targets
Mason, who suffered a shoulder injury last week, started and saw a team high 11 targets. He turned out another impressive day as he grabbed seven balls for 82 yards. Mason was again Flacco's favorite targets and first option when he dropped back. He caught many balls in the 10-15 yard range, converting six of his receptions for first downs.
Week 12 vs. PHI
Receiving: 3 / 40 / 0 on 5 targets
Though he was tied for second on the team with six targets and tied for first in receptions with three, Mason's day was still rather pedestrian. Some of this was due to the fact that QB Joe Flacco was not at his best, but Mason also suffered from the fact that Baltimore only attempted three passes in the final quarter. In the end Mason only really made one significant play. Early in the third quarter he took a 15 yard pass and then bobbed and weaved his way up the left sideline to add an additional seven yards.
Week 13 vs. CIN
Receiving: 6 / 91 / 1 on 9 targets
Mason is likely one of the more under appreciated wide receivers in the game. He displayed his excellent route running by giving his rookie quarterback the biggest target and opportunity to make his throws. His out and slant routes were nearly un-coverable. Mason was able to score when his buddy Mark Clayton threw to him after his defender fell for the fake end around play. He also had 91 yards on six grabs for a nice stat line.
Week 14 vs. WAS
Receiving: 3 / 60 / 1 on 6 targets
WR Derrick Mason was wide open on his fourth quarter touchdown but QB Joe Flacco's throw was too short and Mason was forced to come back to the ball and battle with the defender for the ball before scoring.
Week 15 vs. PIT
Receiving: 3 / 23 / 0 on 8 targets
Derrick Mason only had three receptions on eight targets. This describes the day very well. Some of the passes were very good but defended better. Mason did not show a lot of effort to get the ball.
Week 16 vs. DAL
Receiving: 6 / 66 / 1 on 6 targets
Derrick Mason deserves an award for the toughness on display. His left shoulder was clearly hurting as he was lying on the turf in pain after landing on the shoulder while making two catches in the first half. They could not keep him off of the field as he would come right back and seemed to make big plays, when needed. The biggest play was on McClain's fumble recovery. The recovery was an instance of being in the right place at the right time as the ball just bounced right into his arms. He caught an easy touchdown to close out the drive as Flacco found him open in the front of the end zone and he was able to catch the ball with only one good arm.
Week 17 vs. JAX
Rushing: 1 / 3 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 77 / 0 on 8 targets
Mason, playing with a dislocated shoulder, had six catches for 77 yards on the day. The veteran played a pivotal part in the Raven's offense and even had one rush for three yards, when he took a lateral pass from Flacco. Mason was targeted deep several times in this game.
Week 18 vs. MIA
Receiving: 4 / 71 / 0 on 8 targets
Mason showed very good quickness in running his routes and excellent hands when the ball was thrown within his reach. Apart from one deep pattern, he was utilized mostly on intermediate routes, and may have had bigger numbers had he not been overthrown twice after getting open.
Week 19 vs. TEN
Receiving: 5 / 78 / 1 on 9 targets
Derrick Mason is the favorite target of Flacco and the man that gets looked at when a big play is needed. His first reception was for a touchdown as Flacco was able to get him the ball on a deep pass in the end zone while Mason was double covered. After the initial deep pass he went to work on shorter routes where Flacco could hit him in stride and enable him to gain yards after the catch.
Week 20 vs. PIT
Receiving: 3 / 41 / 0 on 9 targets
Mason made a couple nice catches while running mostly intermediate routes, but did drop at least one ball and had a couple other passes deflected by his defender. In addition, two of the passes thrown to him were intercepted, including one for a touchdown.