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: 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.

March 5, 2021 2:15 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: 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.

February 2, 2021 2:12 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: 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.

December 21, 2020 2:57 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: 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.

December 14, 2020 1:50 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: 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.

December 8, 2020 8:24 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Starts, but limited to one catch

Dwelley had one reception (two targets) for 22 yards in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Dwelley got another start in George Kittle's (foot) extended absence, but he was primarily used as a blocker while fellow tight end Jordan Reed (five receptions for 62 yards) ran more routes despite playing six fewer snaps. The target share between the teammates makes sense given their differing skill sets. Dwelley will continue to technically start for however long Kittle is sidelined, but Reed appears to be the tight end to chase fantasy points with on this club following the upcoming bye week.

November 16, 2020 3:08 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Solid performance in loss

Dwelley secured all three targets for 52 yards in the 49ers' 34-17 loss to the Packers on Thursday night.

Analysis: With George Kittle (foot) out, Dwelley served as the primary tight end even with Jordan Reed (knee) also being activated from injured reserve for the contest. The third-year tight end finished a distant second in receptions and receiving yards to Richie James, who exploded for a career-best 9-184-1 line. Kittle could well be out for the remainder of the regular season, so Dwelley could retain a solid role in a Week 10 battle against the Saints in Sunday, Nov. 15 while sharing snaps with Reed.

November 5, 2020 9:58 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Playing time opens up

Dwelley could have an increased role in the offense with George Kittle (foot) expected to be out for eight weeks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Kittle suffered a broken bone in his foot during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks and could be out for the rest of the season, and Dwelley caught a 16-yard touchdown after his exit. Dwelley had five catches for 54 yards during Kittle's two-game absence earlier this year, but Jordan Reed (knee) worked as the primary tight end before going down with his own injury. Reed is back at practice and could be on the field for Week 9, but he's not ready to go Dwelley should operate as San Francisco's top tight end.

November 2, 2020 12:36 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Four catches in Week 3 win

Dwelley secured all four targets for 49 yards in the 49ers' 36-9 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: The third-year tight end saw some extra opportunity with Jordan Reed (knee/ankle) leaving the game on two separate occasions, the second time for good in the second half. George Kittle (knee) is likely to return for a Week 4 Sunday night matchup against the Eagles, but Dwelley could operate as his primary backup if Reed remains sidelined.

September 27, 2020 2:40 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Corrals one pass Sunday

Dwelley caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 31-13 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Although Jordan Reed dominated the production in George Kittle's (knee) stead, Dwelley recorded a 64 percent snap share Sunday. Dwelley's fantasy impact is non-existent as long as Reed is around, but he could have another decent workload on tap Sunday versus the Giants if Kittle sits out.

September 22, 2020 1:54 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Back at practice

Dwelley (foot) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Dwelley was dealing with a minor foot injury sustained earlier in camp, but he was practicing without limitations Thursday. After serving as George Kittle's primary backup last season, the 25-year-old will have to compete with veteran Jordan Reed and rookie Charlie Woerner for snaps behind the starter in 2020.

September 3, 2020 10:16 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Labeled day-to-day

Dwelley (foot) is considered day-to-day, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 49ers are also currently without top tight end George Kittle (hamstring) at practices, leaving Jordan Reed as the de facto top option for reps. When healthy, Dwelley stands to compete with Reed for leftover snaps behind Kittle. The 25-year-old primarily operates as a run blocker.

August 27, 2020 6:20 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Out Saturday

Dwelley did not participate in Saturday's practice thanks to a foot injury, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 49ers were also without Jordan Reed for at least the portion of practice open to the media although a lack of specific injury designation might just mean a day of rest for the veteran. Dwelley is expected to compete with the aforementioned role in two tight-end sets with George Kittle set as the unquestioned starter.

August 22, 2020 1:23 PM EST

Ross Dwelley: Role uncertain in 2020

It's unclear how Dwelley will be used with the signing of Jordan Reed this offseason.

Analysis: Dwelley proved effective as both a blocker and backup tight end behind George Kittle in 2019, finishing with 91 yards and two scores on 15 receptions. The signing of veteran tight end Jordan Reed complicates the 25-year-old's role heading into the 2020 campaign. Dwelley is a superior run blocker, which could keep him on the field in certain heavy packages, but if Reed can stay on the field (a big "if"), then Dwelley will see his already low target share reduced even further.

August 20, 2020 12:58 AM EST

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

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