Charlie Woerner

San Francisco 49ers
Tight End #89
San Francisco 49ers
Tight End #89

Charlie Woerner News

Little usage as backup

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

11 yards in win

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

Falls back into reserve role

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

Should have role in Kittle's return

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

One catch in start

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

Gets start in loss

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

Gets first taste of pro action

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

Returns from COVID-19 list

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

Lands on COVID list

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

Catches first passes

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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