Woerner wasn't targeted while playing 17 of the 49ers' 70 snaps on offense in Sunday's 13-0 win over the Saints.
Analysis: With double-digit snaps in both of the past two games, Woerner appears to have seized hold of the No. 2 tight end role ahead of Ross Dwelley, who has played 10 snaps combined over that same stretch. Even so, starter George Kittle continues to dominate the reps at the position, leaving little room for Woerner to carve out a role. Even if Kittle misses time with an injury like he did earlier in the season, Woerner is expected to be deployed almost exclusively as a blocker. Woerner has drawn just two targets over 160 offensive snaps this season.
Nov 30, 2022 8:39 AM EST
Woerner went without a target across 21 offensive snaps in Sunday's 37-15 win over the Panthers.
Analysis: Any window of opportunity Woerner had to carve out a meaningful role in the 49ers' passing attack closed when top tight end George Kittle returned to action Week 3 following a two-game absence to begin the season. Even in the two games Kittle missed, Woerner went without a target. The 49ers continue to essentially view the 6-foot-5, 241-pound Woerner as an extra lineman; he's ran just 10 routes on 98 snaps on offense this season.
Oct 10, 2022 12:48 PM EST
The 49ers activated Woerner (abdomen) from the active/PUP list Sunday.
Analysis: Woerner underwent offseason core muscle surgery and started training camp on the PUP list. Now healthy, the 2020 sixth-round pick will compete with Tyler Kroft and Ross Dwelley for limited playing time behind George Kittle.
Aug 14, 2022 12:50 PM EST
San Francisco placed Woerner (abdomen) on the PUP list Tuesday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Apparently Woerner recently underwent core muscle surgery, and he presumably still needs time to recover from that. He did see three starts in 2021 after George Kittle went down with a calf injury, but he'll fight Tyler Kroft for scraps behind Kittle in 2022 assuming he's ready to go by the start of the regular season.
Jul 26, 2022 11:36 AM EST
Woerner had five receptions for 52 yards across 17 games during the 2021 regular season.
Analysis: Woerner took over backup duties behind George Kittle early in the season, but the slight shift up the depth chart did not result in more usage offensively. The 23-year-old did make three starts in place of Kittle, but he was primarily used as a blocker and recorded just four receptions over that three-game span. Woerner will still be under team control for 2022, and he will serve a similar backup role if kept on the 53-man roster.
Jan 14, 2022 2:31 PM EST
Woerner caught his lone target for 11 yards in Sunday's 34-26 win over the Vikings.
Analysis: Woerner recorded his first reception since George Kittle returned from IR a couple of games back. While both tight ends finished with similar disappointing stat lines, don't let the production indicate any sort of time share at the tight end position in San Francisco. Kittle recorded 65 offensive snaps (93 percent) while Woerner was limited to 19 snaps (27 percent). The latter does not carry any fantasy value heading into a matchup against Seattle.
Nov 29, 2021 12:09 PM EST
Woerner was on the field for 11 offensive snaps (19 percent), but did not receive a target in Sunday's 31-17 loss to Arizona.
Analysis: George Kittle was activated off of injured reserve prior to the contest, effectively ending Woerner's short run as fill-in starter. The 23-year-old accrued four receptions (five targets) for 41 yards in the three games he filled in for Kittle. Woerner remains a fantasy afterthought in his current role.
Nov 9, 2021 12:29 AM EST
Woerner is still expected to remain involved in the 49ers' offensive game plan Sunday against the Cardinals, though his overall snap count could take a hit with top tight end George Kittle (calf) available after being activated from injured reserve Saturday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Following a four-week absence, the 49ers are planning to ease Kittle back in with something less than a full workload, though the extent of his snaps isn't fully known. Regardless, Kittle's return even in a limited capacity should diminish what little fantasy utility Woerner provided over the past month. Woerner drew a pair of targets in both of the 49ers' last two contests, recording three receptions for 37 yards.
Nov 7, 2021 10:51 AM EST
Woerner started and logged 45 offensive snaps (80 percent), finishing with one catch (two targets) for seven yards in Sunday's 33-22 win over the Bears.
Analysis: Woerner continued to serve as the 49ers' starting tight end, but his usage was limited to mainly blocking for Elijah Mitchell. George Kittle (calf) is eligible to come off of injured reserve next week against the Cardinals, and all signs are pointing towards that happening. Whenever the star tight end does end up returning, Woerner will go back to backup and special teams duties.
Nov 1, 2021 2:49 AM EST
Woerner started and logged 30 offensive snaps (54 percent) Sunday, finishing with two receptions (two targets) for 30 yards in a 30-18 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Woerner took over for Ross Dwelley (27 snaps) as the 49ers' temporary starting tight end while George Kittle (calf) mends on injured reserve. Neither player made much noise from a fantasy perspective, and that's likely to remain the same in next week's tilt against the Bears.
Oct 25, 2021 2:44 PM EST
Woerner appeared in 14 games for the 49ers during the 2020 season, finishing with three receptions for 36 yards and no touchdowns.
Analysis: Injuries to San Francisco's top two tight ends opened up some sparse playing time for the rookie. Most of Woerner's time on the 53-man roster was spent on special teams, but he impressed his position coaches as early as training camp with his combination of size and speed (similar to what another late-round tight end did before exploding into a star in San Francisco). It would be a stretch to assume Woerner could replicate George Kittle's rise into stardom, but the 22-year-old does fit the profile of this next generation of tight ends who are asked to not only block, but to also provide plus athleticism at the position. Woerner could jump as high as second on the depth chart for the 49ers in 2021, but for now, he will be a fantasy afterthought until he gets an opportunity to prove himself.
Feb 2, 2021 2:28 PM EST
Woerner was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.
Analysis: Woerner missed the last two games while on the list. He'll be available for the season finale against Seattle. It's tough to project how he'll be utilized with position mates George Kittle, Jordan Reed and Ross Dwelley all healthy for the first time since Week 1.
Dec 29, 2020 1:40 PM EST
The 49ers placed Woerner on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Woerner's placement on the COVID-19 list could mean either that he's tested positive for the virus or been deemed a close contact with someone who has. The rookie sixth-round pick recorded the first three targets of his career in his last two appearances.
Dec 19, 2020 2:31 PM EST
Woerner caught both his targets for 33 yards during Sunday's 34-24 loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: The rookie sixth-round pick played a season-high 15 offensive snaps and secured the first two receptions of his career. Jordan Reed and Ross Dwelley each played over 50 percent of the offensive snaps, and Woerner should continue to work as San Francisco's No. 3 tight end.
Dec 8, 2020 8:06 PM EST
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