RB Anthony Dixon - Free Agent

6-1, 233Born: 9-24-1987College: Mississippi StateDrafted: Round 6, pick 2010

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2015 Week 3 vs MIA (5 / -1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The third running back on the depth chart did nothing to change opinions on Sunday. He was used occasionally as the Bills took a big lead early and ran often to keep it. While it's not Dixon's fault for getting hit in the backfield with limited attempts, the other backs suffered the same fate yet showed well. Dixon unfortunately did not.

2015 Week 4 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Dixon did not receive any carries but was targeted three times as the Bills attempted to come back from an early deficit. Once while in space, Dixon hurdled a defender and gained a few extra yards. While Dixon seems to have the second running back spot locked down until LeSean McCoy comes back, Karlos Williams is the much better player and will receive the vast majority of the snaps.

2015 Week 5 vs TEN (7 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Dixon shared the running load with Daniel Herron. On one four yard gain, Dixon had a nice stiff-arm and proceeded to hurdle a defender. More notably, Dixon was the only running back targeted in the receiving game. He should remain the 1B running back until the return of LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams.

2015 Week 12 vs KC (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dixon had two carries against the Chiefs. They were his first carries since October 11th. Even with Karlos Williams' injury, Dixon was not in the Bills' game plan and presumably will continue to ride the bench, especially with LeSean McCoy playing very well.

2015 Week 13 vs HOU (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dixon received just one carry to Mike Gillislee's seven. A player just promoted from the practice squad outsnapped him, Dixon is not a factor in this offense.

2014 Week 1 vs CHI (5 / 60 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

An absolute bruiser of a back, Dixon announced his presence with authority on his 2nd carry. Preferring to run through tacklers instead of around them, Dixon went over the center and crossed paths with two Bears looking for a fight. The three collided, with Dixon absorbing the contact and still had enough forward momentum to spin away and stumble forward for four more yards. Dixon wasn't all brute, however, as he showed some nice wiggle on his 47-yard rumble in the 2nd quarter. Taking the ball on the read-option and seeing the parting of the Red Sea, Dixon blasted through. Chris Conte had come downfield and was waiting just beyond the hole, but a sly shift to his right and Dixon easily ran through Conte's weak arm tackle and was off to the races.

2014 Week 6 vs NE (7 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Not asked to do much more than blast Vince Wilfork and the middle of the Patriot defensive line, Dixon flashed some tremendous athleticism on his third carry. With one his blockers being driven into his lap as he took the handoff, Dixon bounced off the contact and got wide. Alfonzo Dennard had backside contain and understandably went low as Dixon approached. With almost no forward momentum, Dixon shockingly went vertical and cleanly leapt over the diving Dennard. Maybe the fanciest one-yard gain of the season, the run could have easily been a four-yard loss.

2014 Week 7 vs MIN (13 / 51 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

After both CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson went down, and Bryce Brown was a healthy scratch, the Bills were forced to turn the running game over to Anthony Dixon. Uninspiring for the most part, the Bills kept Dixon between the tackles as the glorified fullback looked his best when he stayed on a straight line and was getting downhill right off the handoff. His long went for 12 yards where he showed decent vision, but there is zero wiggle to his game and barring a defensive breakdown it's hard to envision Dixon doing anything more than the 3.9 yards per carry he averaged on Sunday. Dixon also caught three passes, but lacked the fluidity necessary to excel in open space as any throw that wasn't put on him turned the bruising back into a stalled tank in the middle of an F-1 Grand Prix. Not built to shoulder the load, Dixon was sucking air by the end of the game and missed a blitz pick-up late in the game that resulted in an Orton sack/killed the drive. Look for Dixon to return to his role of spell back and for the Bills to activate, and lean on, Bryce Brown in Week 8 against the Jets.

2014 Week 8 vs NYJ (22 / 44 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anthony Dixon received 22 carries on Sunday, but that was entirely due to game flow and given his performance it's difficult to envision another game going forward with similar volume. Plodder, glorified fullback; they all apply to Dixon who was at his best when he was downhill immediately (even that was unimpressive to be honest). The Jets have arguably the best rush defense in the NFL, so it was no easy task for Dixon and put simply he just doesn't have the skillset to carry the running game outside of extended use as a clock killer. Imagine a blind bull trying to smash its way through a doggy door and you get an idea of Dixon's running style. Dixon's one carry where he did try to create and bounce the run outside went exactly as one would expect it to given the talent. Dixon bounced the run wide, but looked like he was traversing the Sahara as David Harris easily caught him from behind before he could get to the edge. Dixon did get one carry inside five-yard line, but after picking up three yards ultimately had his touchdown vultured by fullback Frank Summers on the following play.

2014 Week 10 vs KC (9 / 62 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

For the second game in a row, Anthony Dixon was the Bills leading rusher, in both attempts and yards, and was able to showcase his most effective trait as a runner. A brutal downhill runner who's impossible bring down with a full head of steam, Dixon used the best performance by the Bills offensive line in months and a complete lapse in contain by the Chiefs defense to average almost seven yards per carry. Ineffective again when trying to work between the tackles, 40 of Dixon's 62 yards came on two runs where he bounced outside and absolutely pummeled the overmatched defensive backs trying to corral the raging bull. His longest such carry saw Dixon start left, but abruptly (as a semi making a left turn) reverse field and get around the edge with no resistance. Dixon straightened out and used virtually nothing but his Juggernaut-like running style to rumble for 28 yards, leaving undersized and tumbling Chiefs in his wake. A one trick pony, Dixon is easily the least talented of the three backs and it's not hard to see his role diminishing as Fred Jackson's health improves. Four times the Bills entered the red zone and Dixon received exactly one carry in those four trips.

2014 Week 11 vs MIA (10 / 35 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Anthony Dixon led the team in carries again, but with each passing performance it's hard to discern why that is the case and how it will continue moving forward. Dixon does a good enough job blasting the interior of the defensive line, but his production is limited by the space the offensive line can (or often, cannot) create. He suggested he could fix the red zone woes following last week's game, but his two carries inside the Dolphin 10-yard line only netted four yards. Dixon appeared to find space on the latter of the runs as he tried to cut backside at the line of scrimmage, but when a tiny hole briefly opened he lacked the quicks to take advantage and was dropped without much fight. Dixon can be a devastating runner, and he flashed that at times on Thursday, but without a healthy head start he's just another guy relying on an offensive line that's struggled all season (despite improving as of late) with run blocking.

2014 Week 12 vs NYJ (12 / 54 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Just as he did in Week 8 against New York, Anthony Dixon led the Bills backfield in carries on Monday night and just like Week 8, it was largely game flow related as 6 of his 12 carries came with a 28-point lead. Bottled up on his first eight carries, including getting stuffed on a fourth and one; Dixon finally found a lane late in the fourth quarter. It was clear the New York defenders were uninterested in stepping in front of that freight train as he rumbled 30 yards for the touchdown. Dixon showed nice patience as he pressed the initially clogged hole, but as the flow of the play moved left Dixon exploded through the new opening and was downhill immediately. The closest defender got caught leaning with the flow of the line and didn't have the necessary angle to even touch Dixon. Another threw his arms at Boobie's legs, but Dixon treated it like those frail drop down gates in your favorite 80s action flick. No other defender came close as Dixon waltzed into the end zone to cap off the Bills scoring for the night. Dixon did have one red zone carry, but could only muster one yard and caught one pass for eight yards on a short dump off over the middle. Dixon also blocked a punt into the end zone that resulted in the Bills third touchdown.

2014 Week 13 vs CLE (6 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Given a much closer game this Sunday, Anthony Dixon's usage saw a considerable drop as he only carried the ball six times and only once in the first half. Exhibiting that same powerful, straight-line running style, Dixon's long of eight yards was an ankle tackle away from being a much bigger gain. Dixon cut backside and burst into the second level, but Jim Leonhard was able to clip enough of his foot to trip Dixon up. Had Dixon stayed upright, there was plenty of open space to graze on.

2014 Week 14 vs DEN (3 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Not the pass catcher Jackson and Bryce Brown are, nor a game breaker; Anthony Dixon was limited to three carries including a long of 11 yards. As per usual, Dixon worked between the tackles on the all three carries but lacked the opportunity to mount much in terms of production because of game flow.

2014 Week 15 vs GB (6 / 26 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Anthony Dixon was second on the team in carries and again provided that bruising style as he smashed his way between the tackles. Dixon's long went for eight yards and was the standard, straight-forward blast Bills fans have become accustomed to. Later in the drive, Dixon used that same power to pick up three yards on a pivotal 3rd and 1. Dixon had a near disaster late as he was able to recover his own fumble on the Bills final drive that would have given the Packers the ball deep in Buffalo territory whilst they clung to a single score lead. Dixon also caught one pass, a short dump off over the middle for five yards.

2014 Week 16 vs OAK (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

A return of CJ Spiller meant a return to irrelevance for Anthony Dixon as he only received three carries on Sunday, picking up seven yards.

2014 Week 17 vs NE (7 / 27 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Anthony Dixon plodded his way to a so-so day, highlighted by one good run and one not-so-good run. Dixon's good run was a 7 yard gainer that featured a solid cutback to find room after his initial lane was sealed off by defenders. On the down side, Dixon failed to convert a 3rd and short after one of the worst leaping attempts you'll see from an NFL running back. Dixon also vultured a 1 yard score from Fred Jackson on a run any running back would have scored with.

2013 Week 2 vs SEA (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 3 vs IND (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 4 vs STL (3 / 6 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 5 vs HOU (5 / 12 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 7 vs TEN (1 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 12 vs WAS (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 13 vs STL (8 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 17 vs ARI (2 / -5 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 18 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 20 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

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.

2012 Week 4 vs NYJ (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dixon appeared on the 49ers' final drive. Dixon demonstrated that he is a patient, downhill runner.

2012 Week 5 vs BUF (4 / 21 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The rarely used Dixon was able to rumble through large holes and finished runs physically. Defenders often weren't able to take him down on first contact, and by the time of his touchdown run, the Buffalo defense was completely worn through. The run was still impressive, as two defenders had Dixon stopped, and Dixon kept his legs moving and pushed the defenders and him across the goal line.

2012 Week 11 vs CHI (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

During the 49ers' attempts to run out the clock on the final drive, Dixon was given the totality of the carries. He didn't look particularly fast or strong, but the game was pretty much sealed.

2012 Week 12 vs NO (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dixon had one carry to spell Gore in the second half, and he was able to pick up five yards on the toss play. However, with the quality of blocking and the size of the hole, five yards was an underwhelming result.

2012 Week 14 vs MIA (2 / 9 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dixon's two carries were largely successful. With great blocking on a pitch to the left, Dixon was able to run through the tunnel and for a man with limited acrobatic ability, Dixon actually dove over a tackler to get close to the goal line. Dixon also received the goal line carry after Frank Gore was stopped at the 1 yard line. Using their jumbo package again, Dixon ran hard through the gut for the score.

2012 Week 15 vs NE (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With the success of both James and Gore, Dixon's touches were limited to two carries. On his long carry of 5 yards, Dixon put his hand on his lead blocker and followed, then hit the blocked hole.

2012 Week 17 vs ARI (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dixon received his carries at the end of the game to run out the clock. He did a good job of running to the hole, but struggled to push through contact and often just ran at the pile and fell down.

2011 Week 2 vs DAL (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dixon had one carry at the end of the first quarter for the 49ers. The play came on 3rd and short and he was able to convert the first down running off tackle before being wrapped up by two Dallas linebackers.

2011 Week 5 vs TB (2 / 4 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Sulked after the game last week because he didn't get any carries. They let him plunge one in late in the game so hopefully that satisfies his thirst a bit. He just doesn't have the moves of Kendall Hunter and he likely will stay put as the 3rd RB on this team.

2011 Week 6 vs DET (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dixon had just one touch in the game. Frank Gore had a long run and was taken down at the goal line. Dixon came in for the next play and got a goal line carry, but was stuffed by the Detroit defense. That was the final play of the first quarter, and on the first play of the second quarter Gore came back in and scored.

2011 Week 11 vs ARI (7 / 32 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dixon made the most of the work that he got in the second half and looked good. He was facing 8 to 9 man fronts but still was able to average more than 4 yards a carry. Dixon looked quick and may have more of future than people think.

2011 Week 13 vs STL (3 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dixon saw few carries very late in the game but was not able to do much. He did not see the field on offense until late in the game. Dixon is still clearly behind Hunter on the depth chart.

2011 Week 15 vs PIT (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Most of Dixon's work came at the end of the game when the team was allowing Gore to rest and salting away the clock. It's still unclear whether he's the main back-up to Gore based on the fact that the team does use him at fullback on occasion as well. He and Hunter would most likely form a "thunder-and-lightning" committee should anything happen to Gore.

2011 Week 17 vs STL (8 / 21 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Nearly everyone got into the act in this one, including Dixon, who scored a late TD to all but put the game away. Dixon ran with power, toughness, and even some decent elusiveness (Dixon was even mixed into the passing game) in mop-up duty after RB Frank Gore left the game at half time to rest for the playoff run. What began as mop-up duty quickly turned into a more important role, though, as Dixon ran the ball on three consecutive plays late in the 4th quarter to pick up a first down and put an end to any hopes the Rams had of completing their comeback bid.

2011 Week 19 vs NO (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Had one carry in the 4th quarter after Gore galloped for 42 yards. He wasn't able to produce much in the way of yards.

2010 Week 2 vs NO (1 / 2 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dixon got on the field when Frank Gore removed himself at the end of a long drive. Dixon promptly responded with a 2 yd td run on his 1st career run. It proved to be his only carry of the evening, although he looked good on it.

2010 Week 4 vs ATL (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dixon carried the ball only one time in this game, but it was an important 3rd and 1, which he successfully converted.

2010 Week 6 vs OAK (1 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Although Anthony Dixon only had one carry that registered in the box score, he had a touchdown run which was called back by a holding penalty in the 4th quarter. On the run, Dixon showed tremendous open field moves and quickness to dart into the endzone. Dixon's cameo appearances this season must be encouraging for the 49ers coaching staff.

2010 Week 7 vs CAR (1 / -6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Anthony Dixon lost six yards on his only touch of the game (a sweep play to the right where cornerback Chris Gamble was patiently waiting).

2010 Week 8 vs DEN (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dixon has a decent amount of opportunity in this offense behind Gore, but never makes the most of any workload he is given. He had mostly inside runs on Sunday and was often met very quickly at the line. He bounced runs outside sometimes, but never could get to the edge and was always far less productive than Gore. The 49ers trusted him to try and seal the game on a 4th and 3 call up the middle, but that's more than anyone playing fantasy football should trust him.

2010 Week 12 vs ARI (14 / 54 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)

Dixon saw some extended action with Frank Gore standing on the sidelines in week 12. For the most part Dixon looked solid, he will never be elusive while running his typical downhill style but he makes up for it in straight ahead power. Dixon put this power on display late in the 1st quarter when he pounded up one up the gut for a short 1st down gain and he later found a little seem and went airborne for a TD stab at the goal line. Obviously grab him if he is not already rostered.

2010 Week 13 vs GB (9 / 33 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Based on the way the Niners were trying to use him especially opening the 2nd half and handing the ball off it seemed like Dixon was the starter. Dixon looked slow compared to Gore obviously and there were not a lot of open holes but he also did not find a couple that were there as well. His vision is lacking but he also is not called upon to play often. Over the next few weeks the Niners are going to have to use Dixon at least some of the time. Not sure that bodes well for owners although Green Bay was likely the toughest opponent they had left.

2010 Week 15 vs SD (6 / 33 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Dixon had some nice runs in the early part of the game when the score was still close. He showed good power, nice patience, and excellent vision in picking his spots to attack on the San Diego defensive front. The 49ers offensive line was giving him plenty of holes to work with, and he responded with some nice moves inside and shaking several arm tackle attempts. Dixon also was excellent at reading his blocks, and for a little while he looked on his way to a nice performance. It didn't last. The Charger defense clamped down, the Charger offense blew the game open, and the Niners completely abandoned the running game in the second half.

2010 Week 17 vs ARI (11 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Dixon was more of a backup/change of pace to Brian Westbrook in this one. He ran hard and downhill with good patience and burst for a big man. His role and importance to this team should only increase next season.