Trey Lance‘s NFL debut started out with a bang, but he didn’t finish on a positive note.
During his second series of the 49ers‘ preseason game against Kansas City last Saturday, Lance faked a handoff, rolled to his left, planted his feet and delivered a perfect pass Trent Sherfield for an 80-yard touchdown. It was a small snippet of what the former North Dakota State star appears capable of. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing from thereafter.
Lance wound up completing just five of his 14 pass attempts for 128 yards and one touchdown. Those numbers don’t tell the full story, though. Three of Lance’s 14 incompletions were perfect passes that were dropped by the receiver.
PFF had more telling statistics to share revolving Lance’s NFL debut. 39 percent of his throws last Saturday were “perfect,” which ranked first among all NFL quarterbacks over the weekend. On the flipside, 46 percent of Lance’s throws were “uncatchable,” which ranked as third worst.
Trey Lance throw accuracy in his preseason debut:
🎯 39% “perfect” (1st among QBs)
🎢 46% “uncatchable” (3rd worst) pic.twitter.com/XnprZaqrQp
— PFF (@PFF) August 17, 2021
The statistics shared by PFF tell a clear story. The talent is there, but Trey Lance is still a rookie.
Lance hasn’t thrown many in-game passes these past few years. His days at North Dakota State were cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. He now has to get back up to speed, this time in the NFL.
The 6-foot-4 dual-threat quarterback is giving veteran Jimmy Garoppolo some major competition in the 49ers’ quarterback room. For now, Garoppolo has maintained his lead, but Lance could catch up by the end of preseason.
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