RB Anthony Dixon, Free agent
HT: 6-1, WT: 233, Born: 9-24-1987, College: Mississippi State, Drafted: Round 6
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Dixon already looked like his biggest impact would come on special teams, and that was before the Bills traded for Bryce Brown. A battering ram of a back, Dixon is no more than depth for the Bills (and a special teams presence) and won't see the field unless there are multiple injuries. He only has value in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 2 - Getting his lone carry on a true power formation in the 1st quarter, with his nose tackle as a lead blocker, Dixon ran full power to the right, pushing the wall back for a four yard gain.
Week 3 - Dixon was brought in for a power run to the right, but when he caught the toss Indianapolis was already in the backfield and tackled him for a loss.
Week 4 - Thanks to a St. Louis turnover at their own 3-yard line, Anthony Dixon was given the opportunity to slam the ball in the jumbo package. While the first run garnered only a minimal gain, the blocking on the second run was excellent, opening a hole on the right side that allowed Dixon to saunter in to the end zone untouched.
Week 5 - After Frank Gore did the tough work to get the 49ers to the goalline, Dixon scored a touchdown from two yards out. Dixon broke outside and scored easily on his first carry of the game. That carry came in the second quarter. Dixon came back in during the fourth quarter, when the 49ers were knocking on the door at the goal line again. Dixon was held up with both of his carries from inside the five yard line. Dixon shared carries with LaMichael James late in the fourth quarter when Colt McCoy was at quarterback.
Week 7 - Playing primarily on special teams, Dixon was only able to record a carry when the 49ers ran out the clock in the 4th quarter. The big back was able to turn the corner for a fine 8-yard gain to help seal the victory.
Week 12 - Playing on the 49ers’ final drives, Dixon was used to run down the clock and end the game. Dixon’s power was admirable, as the big back barreled forward as hard as he could in to whatever was in front of him. This caused the longest run of the game for the 49ers: a 9-yard gain. However, Dixon was too slow and too immobile to do anything more than run as hard he could in a straight line.
Week 13 - Used primarily as an end-of-game back, Dixon’s style hasn’t changed during his career. He took the handoff and ran as hard as he could in a straight line, hoping to knock over anyone in his way. Though this was an effective strategy when San Francisco was able to block open a large enough hole for a 5-yard gain, Dixon rarely threatened to turn any run in to a long gain.
Week 17 - Though Dixon’s carries were largely unsuccessful, as Dixon was stuffed on 4th and short and completely swallowed on a run to the left when the offensive line got overwhelmed, Dixon was more than competent in the passing game. In the second quarter, Dixon got a free release in the left flat, Kaepernick waited, delivered the ball and Dixon was able to catch and run down the sideline for a 19-yard gain. In the third quarter, Dixon found space underneath, secured the catch and ran for what he could. Though his running was less than impressive (especially against a stout defense that was unfazed by his power style), Dixon was able to partly fill the gap left behind by Bruce Miller as an outlet option.
Week 18 - Like Kendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon was not on the field very often (just six snaps) and only say one target in the pass game. Dixon made a nice catch and was able to turn upfield and gain a first down with his second effort.
Week 20 - Dixon had a few short plunges at the goal line, one that was overturned by replay, and the second for a score. Like the rest of the 49ers offense, he was unable to budge a sometimes vulnerable Seahawks run defense as a blocker.