Mason rushed eight times for 28 yards and was not targeted as a receiver in Sunday's 38-13 win over Arizona.
Analysis: The 49ers welcomed back Elijah Mitchell (knee) from injured reserve, but Mason still received 14 snaps on offense (23 percent). The Georgia Tech product did an admirable job backing up Christian McCaffrey in Mitchell's absence this season, racking up 258 yards on 6.0 yards per carry in limited action over his rookie campaign. Mason will likely see his role limited to special teams in the wild-card round with San Francisco's backfield -- including Deebo Samuel -- back at full strength ahead of Saturday's playoff matchup against Seattle.
Jan 11, 2023 1:09 AM EST
Mason (hamstring) rushed two times for 13 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-34 win over Las Vegas.
Analysis: Mason -- who was limited to special teams due to a hamstring injury last week -- resumed his change-of-pace role behind starter Christian McCaffrey, cashing in one of his two carries for the first touchdown of his career. The undrafted rookie saw significantly-fewer touches than he had previously as San Francisco's No. 2 back, but that was likely the result of head coach Kyle Shanahan leaning on McCaffrey in a tight contest. Assuming his hamstring injury is fully healed, Mason could be in line for a larger workload against the Cardinals on Sunday in a matchup the 49ers should be heavily favored in.
Jan 1, 2023 7:39 PM EST
Mason (hamstring) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Mason suited up with the hamstring injury last week against Washington but only played special teams while Tyrion Davis-Price operated as the No. 2 running back behind Christian McCaffrey. With Mason now off the injury report, a return to the No. 2 role is possible.
Dec 30, 2022 1:47 PM EST
Mason (hamstring) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Mason only managed 17 snaps on special teams this past Saturday versus the Commanders after his hamstring tightened up on him last Wednesday. With back-to-back capped sessions behind him this week, he doesn't appear to be in the clear on the health front just yet, but Friday's injury report could be the bearer of good news for undrafted rookie. If Mason is able to retake the No. 2 RB role behind Christian McCaffrey (knee) on Sunday in Las Vegas, the former would push fellow first-year player Tyrion Davis-Price back down the depth chart.
Dec 29, 2022 4:14 PM EST
Mason (hamstring) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: After his hamstring tightened up on him last Wednesday, Mason was limited last Thursday before going down as questionable for Saturday's game against the Commanders. He was active Week 16, but he also was contained to 17 snaps on special teams, as Tyrion Davis-Price handled the RB reps that didn't do to Christian McCaffrey. There's a chance Mason takes over the No. 2 role out of the 49ers backfield Sunday at Las Vegas, but he may have to get back to a full session before the end of Week 17 prep in order to do so.
Dec 28, 2022 4:10 PM EST
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that Mason is "doing great" in his recovery from a tight hamstring, per David Lombardi of The Athletic.
Analysis: Mason played in last Saturday's win over Washington but was limited to special teams. Tyrion Davis-Price took over the backup RB role behind Christian McCaffrey in that contest, but Mason is expected to again work behind McCaffrey in Week 17 now that he is showing improvement. Mason had been very effective in his previous three games prior to Saturday, tallying 171 rushing yards on 23 carries.
Dec 27, 2022 12:18 PM EST
Mason (hamstring) was active in Saturday's 37-20 win over the Commanders, but he did not receive a carry and only logged snaps on special teams.
Analysis: Mason's hamstring tightened up during practice this week, but he was ultimately cleared before kickoff. Fellow rookie Tyrion Davis-Price -- who was a healthy scratch for the last two weeks -- took over the backup duties behind Christian McCaffrey and finished with 30 yards on nine carries. Perhaps the decision to limit Mason to special teams was a direct result of him missing practice this week due to injury. The Georgia Tech product was excelling at spelling McCaffrey prior to this unexpected shakeup, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him reclaim that role against the Raiders on Jan. 1.
Dec 25, 2022 4:32 PM EST
Mason (hamstring) is listed as active Saturday against the Commanders, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Mason's hamstring tightened up at Wednesday's practice, which resulted in his early departure from that session and limited on-field work Thursday. He subsequently went down as questionable for Week 16 action, but he again will be available to the 49ers offense as Christian McCaffrey's direct backup. Mason has experienced a regular role over the last five games, racking up 32 carries for 210 yards (6.6 YPC).
Dec 24, 2022 11:43 AM EST
Mason (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday's contest versus the Commanders, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: A late-week addition to the 49ers' injury report, Mason relayed to David Lombardi of The Athletic on Thursday that his hamstring tightened up at Wednesday's practice, which resulted in him being removed from that session and ultimately going down as a limited participant to end Week 16 prep. If Mason isn't 100 percent or out Saturday, Tyrion Davis-Price and/or practice squad member Tevin Coleman would be the main candidates to get work behind the 49ers' No. 1 running back Christian McCaffrey.
Dec 22, 2022 3:10 PM EST
Mason rushed four times for 64 yards in Thursday's 21-13 win over the Seahawks.
Analysis: Mason ripped off a 55-yard run on the 49ers' final drive, stopping one yard short of his first career touchdown so that the team could ice the game. The undrafted rookie actually saw his playing time decrease against Seattle (seven offensive snaps), but he still produced at least 50 rushing yards for the third consecutive week. It is tough to recommend the Georgia Tech product in fantasy when Christian McCaffrey is healthy, but if the latter were to be rested with the NFC West title in hand, then Mason would immediately become a hot asset. For now, expect Mason to serve a similar limited role against Washington next Saturday.
Dec 16, 2022 12:47 PM EST
Mason rushed 11 times for 56 yards and was not targeted in Sunday's 35-7 win over the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Mason followed up last week's career high in rushing with another new high-water mark on 11 carries. The undrafted rookie absorbed nearly all of Elijah Mitchell's (knee) carries over the last two weeks, providing some low-end fantasy value for those in deeper formats. Mason is still the clear No. 2 behind workhorse Christian McCaffrey, who went for 153 combined yards and two touchdowns Sunday. Expect the Georgia Tech product to see a similar workload in a soft matchup against the Seahawks on Thursday.
Dec 11, 2022 6:02 PM EST
Mason rushed eight times for 51 yards in Sunday's 33-17 win over the Dolphins.
Analysis: Mason took on a larger offensive role sans Elijah Mitchell (knee) as expected, setting new career marks in carries and rushing yards. The Georgia Tech product looked sharp in limited action, putting his downhill running style on display. Christian McCaffrey still dominated the workload, producing 146 yards and a touchdown on 25 combined touches. CMC has a poor injury history and entered Sunday's contest with a balky knee, so Mason is worth stashing for fantasy managers with the luxury to do so. In his current role, the rookie tailback will find it hard to crack fantasy lineups against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Dec 4, 2022 6:58 PM EST
Mason rushed five times for 25 yards in Sunday's 13-0 win over the Saints.
Analysis: Mason was used on the final drive of the game with the 49ers up multiple scores for the second week in a row. Unlike last week's garbage time appearance against the Cardinals, the undrafted rookie was actually needed after No. 2 back Elijah Mitchell (knee) went down late in this contest. Starter Christian McCaffrey was dealing with knee soreness as well, but the former's is expected to be more serious. It sounds like Mitchell will be forced to miss some time again, and CMC doesn't have the build to handle a 20-plus touch workload, so Mason could step into a prominent backup role in head coach Kyle Shanahan's run-heavy offensive scheme. If that were to be the case, the Georgia Tech product should absorb a chunk of Mitchell's carries ahead of Sunday's showdown against the Dolphins.
Nov 27, 2022 7:39 PM EST
Mason rushed four times for 14 yards in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: Mason was able to finally get some offensive run in garbage time after serving exclusively on special teams this season. The carries and yardage both represented new highs for the undrafted rookie. Mason will resume seeing the majority of his snaps on special teams when the 49ers take on the Saints on Sunday.
Nov 22, 2022 11:27 AM EST
Mason logged 19 snaps on special teams and was not used on offense in Sunday's 22-16 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Mason returned to action after being deployed as a healthy scratch last game, effectively swapping spots on the depth chart with Tyrion Davis-Price (inactive). The 49ers welcomed back Elijah Mitchell (knee) to backup Christian McCaffrey this week, so the rookie wasn't asked to do more than serve on special teams. Mason carries no fantasy value heading into a Week 11 tilt against the Cardinals next Monday.
Nov 14, 2022 11:36 AM EST
Mason (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Chiefs.
Analysis: Mason will sit for the first time this season after the team's acquisition of Christian McCaffrey. The undrafted rookie will likely need an injury to find himself on the active roster moving forward.
Oct 23, 2022 12:22 PM EST
Mason logged 15 snaps on special teams and did not receive a touch in Sunday's 37-15 win over the Panthers.
Analysis: The 49ers signed an old friend, Tevin Coleman, to backup Jeff Wilson for the past two weeks, effectively pushing Mason further down the depth chart. It is still unclear what the team's plan for the undrafted rookie is, as they promoted him to the active roster over players with higher pedigree and more experience, only to give him one carry through five active games. Even with San Francisco's backfield decimated by injury, Mason remains a non-factor in his current role on special teams.
Oct 10, 2022 9:10 AM EST
Mason failed to record a single rushing attempt in Monday's 24-9 win over the Rams.
Analysis: Mason did not play any offensive snaps Monday. Instead, the rookie running back saw the field for 17 snaps on special teams. Meanwhile, starter Jeff Wilson handled almost all of the team's work out of the backfield with 33 offensive snaps, ceding one carry to fellow veteran Tevin Coleman. It appeared Mason would have the opportunity to see increased involvement in the running game after injuries to both Elijah Mitchell (knee) and Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle), but that just hasn't come to fruition. The 23-year-old will look to make the most of any opportunities he may earn when the 49ers visit the Panthers in Week 5.
Oct 5, 2022 3:27 AM EST
Mason rushed one time for seven yards in Sunday's 11-10 loss to Denver.
Analysis: Mason served as the primary backup to starter Jeff Wilson (17 carries for 75 yards) with rookie Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle) set to miss several weeks of action. The undrafted rookie only saw five snaps on offense (nine percent) compared to Wilson's 41 snaps, which shows the lack of trust head coach Kyle Shanahan has in Mason as an offensive option. Veteran Marlon Mack -- who was promoted from the practice squad prior Sunday's contest -- only saw three snaps on special teams. Mason shouldn't be considered a fantasy option heading into a matchup with the Rams next Monday.
Sep 26, 2022 11:46 AM EST
Mason will take over the No. 2 spot on the 49ers' running back depth chart following the news that Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle) will miss several weeks, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Davis-Price -- who appeared to beat the undrafted Mason for the No. 2 job in practice last week -- suffered the injury late in Sunday's 27-7 win over Seattle. Mason served as the third active back and did not receive a touch (eight snaps on special teams), so it is hard to get excited about the undrafted rookie's new elevated role. Chan also added that practice squad veteran, Marlon Mack, is a candidate to be elevated to the active roster, so he could leapfrog the less-experienced Mason. However the backup spots shake out, Jeff Wilson (20 touches for 103 yards) was the clear lead back in Sunday's win, making him the desired fantasy target for running back stats in San Francisco heading into a matchup against the Broncos on Sunday Night Football.
Sep 19, 2022 6:30 PM EST
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