5 sneaky threats for Commanders to worry about vs. Patriots in Week 9

The Commanders must keep these sneaky threats contained.
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Commanders can't underestimate Pharaoh Brown

Mike Gesicki was supposed to be the new arrival who added more production at tight end. Instead, unheralded journeyman Pharaoh Brown is the one making splash plays.

The former Las Vegas Raiders, Cleveland Browns, and Houston Texans pass-catcher hauled in this 58-yard touchdown against the New York Jets in Week 3. This also displayed the outstanding athleticism Brown brings to the table for a man his size.

Brown's stretching the field by traveling 8.9 yards before the catch on every reception, as well as averaging 15.4 yards after the catch. His ability to get vertical will be a challenge for the Washington Commanders' suspect linebackers - so it's a challenge they have to be ready for.

If Jamin Davis can't stay with Brown in space, the job should fall to safety Kamren Curl.

The Patriots have long flourished thanks to their ability to get significant contributions from small, role players. Keeping these five supporting acts quiet should lead to a win for the Commanders.