Week 5 might be the time for Trey Lance to make his first career start at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. The rookie replaced an injured Jimmy Garoppolo and played extensively in last week’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Lance connected on 9-of-18 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 41 yards on seven carries. The North Dakota State product showed some of the gifts that enticed San Francisco trade up to take him with the No. 3 overall pick back in April.
While 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan still isn’t sure if Lance will start this weekend–Garoppolo has not been ruled out–he did say he was encouraged by what he saw from the first-year signal caller when he reviewed last week’s tape.
“When thrown into the battle here, he got more comfortable as the game went, especially going home and watching the tape after, there was encouraging stuff,” Shanahan said, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. “He’ll see some things out there that he’s never seen. But what you like about him and stuff he might not be ready for, he can overcompensate with his athletic ability and how competitive he is, and how good of a football player he is.”
The second part of Shanahan’s quote is an important one. Like all rookie quarterbacks, Lance is going to struggle with some things opposing defenses throw at him, particularly as he puts more of his tendencies on film.
The key for Lance is that he can mitigate some of that with his physical ability, as Shanahan said, and can then make the adjustments mentally as he gains more experience.
If he does both those things, you’re going to be looking at a pretty good NFL quarterback.
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