49ers training camp: 5 fringe players who are improving roster chances

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Trey Lance, Jordan Mason, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) hands the ball to San Francisco 49ers running back Jordan Mason (41) Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports /

49ers fringe player No. 2: Running back Jordan Mason

Of all the undrafted free agents whom San Francisco brought aboard after the 2022 NFL Draft, none have made an impact anywhere as close as former Georgia Tech running back Jordan Mason.

Mason, 5-foot-11 and 223 pounds, has the combination of speed and elusiveness that make for an intriguing hidden-gem product. And thus far during the 49ers’ offseason workouts and training camp, there’s hardly been a negative practice report from Mason at all.

That’d include this recent one from Sports Illustrated’s Grant Cohn:

"[Mason] got his first carry with the second-team offense, which is big for an undrafted free agent rookie. Mason has excellent quickness and hand-eye coordination and is a terrific receiver out of the backfield."

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It’s still an uphill struggle for Mason, though, who likely isn’t going to unseat rushers like Elijah Mitchell and even fellow rookie Tyrion Davis-Price on the depth chart.

However, the UDFA challenging returning veterans like Trey Sermon, Jeff Wilson Jr. and JaMycal Hasty is certainly in play.

If Mason keeps things up, it might be impossible to leave him off the 53-man roster.