Ross Dwelley

Ross Dwelley

Tight End #85
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 240 lb.
Born:January 26, 1995
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

Ross Dwelley: Officially back with 49ers

Dwelley inked his one-year contract offer from San Francisco on Tuesday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old was tendered by the team earlier this month and officially signed his deal. Dwelley is expected to handle the No. 2 role at the tight end position behind Pro-Bowler George Kittle heading into 2020.

March 24, 2020 3:07 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Sticking in Bay Area

The 49ers tendered Dwelley to a one-year contract Thursday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Dwelley was a solid contributor as the team's backup tight end in 2019, hauling in 15 of 22 targets for 91 yards and two scores. The 25-year-old performed admirably behind No. 1 tight end George Kittle last season, especially when Kittle missed two games due to injury, and Dwelley is expected to assume a similar role in 2020.

March 5, 2020 5:33 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Two scores in limited role

Dwelley finished with 15 receptions (22 targets) for 91 yards and two touchdowns in 2019.

Analysis: Dwelley won the backup tight end job out of training camp, and he was able to find the end zone twice while filling in for starter George Kittle. The latter gets banged up frequently, but also has a high tolerance for pain and has missed the minimum amount of games through is impressive three-year career, leaving scraps for other tight ends on the roster when active. The 49ers have exclusive rights to Dwelley this upcoming offseason, and it would be surprising if they passed up on the 25-year-old after his strong year as a backup.

February 24, 2020 9:21 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Big play on lone reception

Dwelley caught his only target for 25 yards in Saturday's 34-31 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Jimmy Garoppolo connected with Dwelley for a big gain in the fourth quarter to extend a drive that ultimately led to a touchdown pass to starting tight end George Kittle. It was the only offensive action Dwelley would receive, and he was only on the field for two offensive snaps. Both he and fellow backup tight end, Levine Toilolo, combined for just 10 snaps on offense, and neither carries fantasy value while Kittle is healthy and terrorizing opposing defenses.

December 22, 2019 3:40 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Quickly falls out of favor

Dwelley did not receive a target in Sunday's 37-8 win over Green Bay.

Analysis: Fresh off a two-touchdown performance, Dwelley not only took a back seat to returning starter George Kittle (knee/ankle), but he also finished well behind Garrett Celek in terms of offensive snaps. The 24-year-old will maintain a non-fantasy role so long as Kittle is healthy for Week 13's tilt against Baltimore.

November 25, 2019 1:29 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Grabs two short TDs in comeback win

Dwelley caught four of five targets for 14 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 36-26 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Getting another start in place of George Kittle (knee), Dwelley took advantage of a matchup with the weakest defense in the league against tight ends and caught TD passes of four and five yards -- the first two of Jimmy Garoppolo's four touchdowns on the day. While he isn't the downfield threat Kittle is, Dwelley is proving he can be a useful short-yardage and red-zone threat, but his snap count and target volume in Week 12 against the Packers will depend entirely on Kittle's health.

November 17, 2019 6:13 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Likely to replace Kittle again

Dwelley's teammate George Kittle (knee/ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Analysis: Dwelley filled in for Kittle in Monday's 27-24 loss to Seattle, catching three of seven targets for 24 yards while playing 92 percent of snaps on offense. The Niners could give some of that playing time to Garrett Celek or Levine Toilolo in Week 11, but Dwelley remains the better bet to draw targets.

November 15, 2019 3:41 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Appears to have won backup job

Dwelley joined George Kittle as inactives for Thursday's preseason finale against the Chargers, signalling that the former has won a backup job on the 53-man roster.

Analysis: Dwelley saw his stock rise with a strong training camp, and he apparently did enough to separate himself from the pack and earn the primary backup job behind star tight end George Kittle. While this is great news for the tight end's camp, a backup tight end job won't get catch fantasy owners' attention unless Kittle was forced to miss time at any point this season.

August 30, 2019 6:25 AM EST

Ross Dwelley: Making strong case for backup job

Dwelley's strong camp has given him the inside edge on becoming the primary backup at tight end to George Kittle this season, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Dwelley stood out during Wednesday's practice when he made four catches -- the final going for a touchdown -- on a drive led by fellow backup Nick Mullens. The 49ers brought in a handful of tight ends to compete for the primary backup job behind Kittle, but the 24-year-old has been the only candidate to generate buzz early in camp. Garrett Celek (back) may start the regular season on the PUP list, so Dwelley is front-runner to win the back job competition.

August 8, 2019 4:55 AM EST

Ross Dwelley: Finishes season as third tight end

Dwelley caught two passes for 14 yards with the 49ers this season.

Analysis: Dwelley was promoted to the active roster Week 6, but he spent most of the season on special teams, only logging 39 offensive snaps over 11 games. The undrafted rookie will battle for the 49ers' third-string tight end job next season with both George Kittle and Garrett Celek locked in to the first two spots on the depth chart.

January 24, 2019 1:50 AM EST

Ross Dwelley: Jumps to active roster

Dwelley was promoted to the 49ers' active roster prior to Monday's game versus the Packers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: This move casts doubt unto whether George Kittle (knee) is fully healthy, but Kittle is expected to suit up anyway. Therefore, Dwelley could end up being a healthy inactive Monday.

October 15, 2018 2:59 PM EST

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