Ross Dwelley

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

Ross Dwelley News

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

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.

Nov 16, 2020 3:08 PM EST

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.

Nov 5, 2020 9:58 PM EST

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.

Nov 2, 2020 12:36 PM EST

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.

Sep 27, 2020 2:40 PM EST

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.

Sep 22, 2020 1:54 PM EST

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.

Sep 3, 2020 10:16 PM EST

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.

Aug 27, 2020 6:20 PM EST

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.

Aug 22, 2020 1:23 PM EST

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