Dwelley signed a one-year extension with San Francisco on Friday. Following three solid seasons in San Francisco to start his career, Dwelley has demonstrated enough to earn an extension. The 26-year-old filled the No. 2 tight end role behind George Kittle in 2020 and played significant snaps during the latter's eight absences, catching 19 of his 24 targets for 245 yards and a touchdown.
Dwelley finished with 19 receptions for 245 yards and a touchdown with the 49ers in 2020. The 25-year-old began the year third on the depth chart behind star tight end George Kittle and newly acquired veteran Jordan Reed. Dwelley still saw an 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.
Dwelley caught both of his targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Cowboys. 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.
Dwelley caught both his targets for 29 yards during Monday's 34-24 loss to the Bills. 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.
Dwelley had one reception (two targets) for 22 yards in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Saints. 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.
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|10||11/15||Los Angeles Rams||8||6.33|
|18||01/09||@Los Angeles Rams||8||6.33|
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