Dwelley inked his one-year contract offer from San Francisco on Tuesday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. The 25-year-old was tendered by the team earlier this month and has now officially signed his deal. Dwelley is expected to handle the No. 2 tight end role behind Pro Bowler George Kittle in 2020.
The 49ers tendered Dwelley to a one-year contract Thursday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. 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.
Dwelley finished with 15 receptions (22 targets) for 91 yards and two touchdowns in 2019. 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.
Dwelley caught his only target for 25 yards in Saturday's 34-31 win over the Rams. 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.
Dwelley did not receive a target in Sunday's 37-8 win over Green Bay. 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.
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