No. 2: Ross Dwelley Takes Over from Garrett Celek as No. 2 Tight End
Unfortunately for veteran tight end Garrett Celek, the 2017 “Celek Time” moniker hasn’t carried over into this season.
Celek’s five accepted penalties are the most among all 49ers players this season, outnumbering the amount of receptions he’s had all year (three), which is down from the 21 he posted back in 2017.
Simply put, the 30-year-old veteran has become more of a liability than an asset at this point in his career.
Sure, Celek still has a fairly good shot at sticking around beyond this season. But the past few weeks have seen an uptick in snaps for third-string tight end Ross Dwelley, who managed 13 offensive snaps in the game versus the Giants.
Dwelley might never be a game changer at the pro level. At this point, though, Celek’s lack of impact and liabilities on the field open up the idea the 49ers may rather see what they have in the rookie over the veteran.
Especially as they look to formulate the depth chart once this season is over.