Ross Dwelley

San Francisco 49ers
Tight End #85
San Francisco 49ers
Tight End #85

Ross Dwelley News

Part of big splash play

Dwelley caught his lone target for 56 yards in Sunday's 31-14 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Dwelley -- normally a backup tight end -- played most of his 19 offensive snaps at fullback in place of Kyle Juszczyk (thumb). The 27-year-old only saw one target, but he made it count by running a crisp wheel route of out the backfield for a huge gain. With the 49ers entering a bye week, there is a good chance Juice returns before the team's next game against the Chargers on Nov. 13. Dwelley is not currently a rosterable fantasy option.

Oct 31, 2022 11:48 AM EST


Back in full Friday

Dwelley (ribs) practiced in full Friday, Lindsey Pallares of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Dwelley sat out practice last week with a ribs injury, but he ultimately played through the issue in Monday's 24-9 win over the Rams. Although the 235-pounder failed to practice again Thursday, his ability to participate in full Friday indicates he's no longer in danger of missing Sunday's contest against the Panthers. With George Kittle reclaiming the No. 1 tight end spot for San Fran, Dwelley has seen just a combined nine offensive snaps over the 49ers' last two games.

Oct 7, 2022 3:57 PM EST



Ready to go Monday

Dwelley (ribs) will play Monday against the Rams, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Dwelley didn't practice last week until Saturday, but he's feeling healthy enough to suit up against the Rams. The 27-year-old only played four offensive snaps last week and never saw a target in George Kittle's return. He's a dart throw at best for fantasy purposes, even in DFS single-game contests, as long as Kittle remains healthy.

Oct 3, 2022 3:58 PM EST


Questionable for Week 4

Dwelley (ribs) practiced in limited fashion Saturday and is questionable for Monday's game against the Rams, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Dwelley's limited session was his first practice participation of the week. Since the return of George Kittle, Dwelley has been relegated nearly exclusively to special teams duties.

Oct 1, 2022 4:32 PM EST


Sits out Friday's practice

Dwelley (ribs) didn't practice Friday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Dwelley has missed back-to-back practices ahead of Monday's divisional clash with the Rams due to a rib injury. The extent of the issue remains unclear, but he'll have just one more practice before the team makes a decision on his status for Week 4. With George Kittle back, Dwelley played just four offensive snaps in Week 3, so his potential absence wouldn't be a significant blow to the 49ers offense.

Sep 30, 2022 2:16 PM EST



Didn't practice Thursday

Dwelley (ribs) didn't practice Thursday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Dwelley sat out the team's first practice ahead of Monday's showdown with the Rams due to a rib issue. The extent of the injury remains unclear, but he'll have two more opportunities to practice before the team needs to make a decision on his status. With George Kittle back in the mix, Dwelley saw just four offensive snaps in Week 3, so his potential absence wouldn't be major loss to San Francisco's offense.

Sep 29, 2022 4:24 PM EST


Makes impressive touchdown catch

Dwelley caught his lone target for a 38-yard touchdown in Sunday's 27-7 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: George Kittle (groin) wasn't able to suit up, and Tyler Kroft (knee) suffered an injury, so Dwelley took over as the 49ers' top receiving option at the tight end position. Seasoned backup Jimmy Garoppolo hit the veteran tight end in stride, and Dwelley fully extended to cross the plane for his first touchdown of the season. Kittle was close to playing Sunday, so his impending return will quash any excitement over Dwelley's big score. If the 49ers' star tight end is unable to go against Denver on Sunday, Dwelley would remain a non-factor in fantasy due to a low volume of potential targets.

Sep 19, 2022 7:30 PM EST


One catch as backup

Dwelley caught one of two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 19-10 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: With George Kittle (groin) missing the season opener, Tyler Kroft got the start at tight end (one catch for nine yards) and Dwelley backed him up. Neither player made a fantasy impact, and that should remain the same even if Kittle is unable to suit up for a Week 2 matchup against Seattle.

Sep 12, 2022 2:47 PM EST


Returning to 49ers

Dwelley signed a one-year contract to return to the 49ers on Monday.

Analysis: Dwelley wasn't particularly involved in San Francisco's offensive scheme in 2021, as he logged only 185 snaps with the unit. However, he remained a key part of the special teams group. He should maintain the latter role, but he could also move up the tight end depth chart if either George Kittle or Charlie Woerner suffers an injury.

Mar 28, 2022 5:01 PM EST


Finishes year as third TE

Dwelley had four receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown across 17 games during the 2021 regular season.

Analysis: Dwelley was usurped by Charlie Woerner as the primary backup behind George Kittle, resulting in barely any usage offensively. The 26-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason, but he is unlikely to land anywhere that provides fantasy value in 2022.

Jan 20, 2022 3:19 PM EST


Falls to second on depth chart

Dwelley had one reception (two targets) for five yards in Sunday's 30-18 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Charlie Woerner (30 snaps) officially got the start for the first time this season, but Dwelley stuck around as "co-starter" with 27 offensive snaps logged (48 percent). The former is the more athletic option -- as evidenced by his greater production with the same amount of targets -- but neither is really a fantasy option at this point. The tight end duo will fill in for George Kittle (calf) for at least one more game while the star mends on IR.

Oct 25, 2021 2:50 PM EST


Catches both targets

Dwelley caught two of two targets for 25 yards against Arizona on Sunday.

Analysis: Dwelley wasn't anywhere near as prominent in the passing game as the injured George Kittle (calf) typically is, but there's nothing surprising about that. Kittle can't be imitated, of course, and Dwelley only had one target in 2021 before drawing two Sunday. He'll need to play more as long as Kittle is out, but only in deep fantasy formats is Dwelley likely to provide consistent, predictable value.

Oct 10, 2021 5:40 PM EST


Added opportunities with Kittle on IR

With George Kittle (calf) having landed on IR, Dwelley is in line to head the 49ers' tight end corps for the team's next three games.

Analysis: Kittle is reportedly likely to return from IR when he's eligible, but for the 49ers' next three games, Dwelley is in line to see added snaps and targets, with Charlie Woerner and Tanner Hudson in the mix on that front as well. Though Dwelley can't be expected to approach Kittle's level of production, he's nonetheless an option for those scrambling for fantasy tight end depth for the next few weeks.

Oct 9, 2021 1:22 PM EST


Likely to start for Kittle

Dwelley is expected to start at tight end and see an uptick in snaps Sunday against the Cardinals with George Kittle (calf) listed as doubtful for the game.

Analysis: Kittle has been sidelined for only a handful of plays through the 49ers' first four games, leaving few reps left over for Dwelley and Charlie Woerner, the two reserve options at tight end. Neither player can come close to matching Kittle's impact as a pass catcher, but Dwelley projects as the more fantasy friendly option of the two, given that he's drawn 25 targets in 20 games over the past season and change compared to just four for Woerner. Dwelley, who turned his lone target of 2021 into a 21-yard touchdown Week 4 against the Seahawks, shouldn't be viewed as much more than a desperation streamer at tight end in deeper season-long leagues or as a punt play in DFS.

Oct 8, 2021 2:55 PM EST


First catch goes for a score

Dwelley caught his lone target for a 21-yard touchdown in Sunday's 28-21 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Dwelley got the scoring going on a seam route where he boxed out his assignment and corralled the pass for a touchdown. It was the backup tight end's first catch (and target) through four games, which emphasizes his role -- or lack thereof -- on offense while George Kittle is active.

Oct 4, 2021 3:38 PM EST


Inks extension

Dwelley signed a one-year extension with San Francisco on Friday.

Analysis: After a third and effective season with the team, Dwelley has showed enough talent to stick around in San Fran. The 26-year-old earned the No. 2 tight end role behind George Kittle, catching 19 of his 24 targets for 245 yards and a touchdown.

Mar 5, 2021 2:15 PM EST


Sees limited action as backup

Dwelley finished with 19 receptions for 245 yards and a touchdown with the 49ers in the 2020 season.

Analysis: Dwelley began the year at third on the depth chart behind star tight end George Kittle and newly-acquired veteran Jordan Reed. The 25-year-old was still able to experience another increase in both playing time (500 offensive snaps) and production after the rest of the tight end room dealt with injuries at various points during the season. Kittle is here to stay and Reed will be an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason, so the 49ers' decision regarding the latter will impact whether or not Dwelley will be extended past his expiring rookie contract for the 2021 season.

Feb 2, 2021 2:12 PM EST


28 yards vs. Dallas

Dwelley caught both of his targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Dwelley continues to start games for San Francisco while George Kittle (foot) remains on IR. The 25-year-old logged 46 offensive snaps (55 percent) compared to backup tight end Jordan Reed's 42 (50 percent), but the latter saw three extra targets and caught a touchdown pass. Reed is the more desirable fantasy asset due to his superior receiving capabilities, but neither is a must-start in standard fantasy formats heading into a Week 16 matchup with the Cardinals.

Dec 21, 2020 2:57 PM EST


Two catches in loss

Dwelley secured both of his targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 23-15 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Dwelley started and logged 36 offensive snaps (44 percent) compared to co-starter Jordan Reed's 33 snaps (41 percent). The 25-year-old finished with the most receiving yards of his position group for the first time since Week 9, highlighting his preferred usage as a blocker. Dwelley should continue to start in place of George Kittle, who remains sidelined with a foot injury, but Reed has the higher fantasy upside heading into Sunday's contest with the Cowboys.

Dec 14, 2020 1:50 PM EST


Secures both targets

Dwelley caught both his targets for 29 yards during Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Dwelley has played at least 50 percent of the offensive snaps in each of the past five games, and he has eight catches for 122 yards and one touchdown during that stretch. The 25-year-old should continue to see consistent playing time down the stretch. though Jordan Reed is clearly the preferred tight end in the passing game.

Dec 8, 2020 8:24 PM EST


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