5 sneaky threats the Commanders should worry about vs. 49ers in Week 17

Brandon Aiyuk and Javon Hargrave lead the sneaky threats the Washington Commanders should worry about when they host the San Francisco 49ers.

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Jordan Mason can move the chains

Christian McCaffrey is an elite running back. But the San Francisco 49ers have some dynamic supporting players in the backfield. Something the Washington Commanders must be wary of if they want to stand any chance of keeping this game close.

One of those is Jordan Mason. He is an explosive chain-mover who can gain yardage in chunks if not afforded the correct respect by defensive front sevens.

Mason is averaging an impressive 5.2 yards per carry this season. The former Georgia Tech standout has also converted 10 of his 32 rushing attempts into first downs, according to Pro Football Reference.

At 5-foot-11 and 223 pounds, Mason adds a more bruising element to San Francisco's multiple ground attack. He'll be a problem for a Washington defense giving up 4.5 yards per carry.

The Commanders have also allowed 13 touchdowns and 103 first downs on the deck. Not exactly what most anticipated from this once-vaunted defense before the campaign.