Mason: “We’ll still be a run first team”

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OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason predicts a high-scoring offense this fall to work in tandem with a dominating defense.

One year removed from ranking ninth in the league in scoring offense with a 24.4 average, Mason told the Sporting News, "We have a good shot to score 25-35 points a game."

Even with the addition of Anquan Boldin and Donte’ Stallworth, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Ravens are going to throw the football significantly more this season since offensive coordinator Cam Cameron emphasizes handing off to Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice.

"We’ll still be a run-first team and pass the ball off our success there," Mason said. "That’s the kind of offense that wins in December and January."

The Ravens do have more weapons now for quarterback Joe Flacco to work with.

"It’s creating a good buzz," Mason said. "With Quan, there’s a reason for him going to three Pro Bowls. He’s the tough guy who is willing to go over the middle, sacrifice his body to make the tough catch. Then you also have Donte’ Stallworth, who brings the speed to make that 60- or 80-yard play out the slot."

Mason was asked how those additions affect his role.

"I don’t think it will change that much," he said. "I’ll still be running a lot of the same routes. The one thing that’ll be different is that with Quan we have someone who can draw that double-team attention.

"We have so many weapons who can beat single coverage. So maybe I go from seeing 10 balls a game to making the most of the seven or eight I do get."

Mason said one reason he’s still playing at age 35 is a quest for a Super Bowl ring, which has eluded him during his stints with the Tennessee Titans and Ravens.

"I am optimistic about our chances after how successful we’ve been the past two years," Mason said. "It’s just a good feeling from how this team is put together on the field and with the coaching staff. We believe in our leaders and the ability to get by any challenger. We just have to sustain that all season."

 

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3 Raves on “Mason: “We’ll still be a run first team”

  1. jws on said:

    Do you love Mason? I am sure we respect his pass catching ability,the williness to go over the middle and play injured. But for years he has been outspoken in the lockerroom and with the coaches. Is he a postive force with young players or is he teaching them to speakout when they should just listen? It is not his job to already say that the passing attack will still take abackseat to the running game. Infact he should not be commenting at all at this time.It’s time to just be a “TEAM” player and just play football !

  2. Not jws on said:

    JWS,

    You have an interesting perspective on things. It’s clear to me that you make comments pre-Prozak.

    Don’t forget your medication!

  3. jws on said:

    YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE THE GUTS TO POST YOUR NAME WIMP! DON’T NEED DRUGS TO KNOW MY SPORTS AND WRITE A EEKLY ARTICLE ON RAVENS ! DO YOU. EITHER DO DRUGS OR WRITE ? OR KNOW ALL THE MEDIA AND PLAYERS AND LOCKERROOM TRUTHS? GIVE ME A BREAK “NOT JWS” THANK GOD!

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