Lance had some dazzling plays on Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs highlighted by an 80-yard touchdown pass to Trent Sherfield, but also showed signs of inexperience with off-target shots and the inability to dodge sacks. .
As the Niners enter the week of their second preseason game after two joint practices against the Los Angeles Chargers, the quarterback’s pecking order remains Jimmy Garoppolo as a starter, with Lance occasionally mingling in the first. team.
“I didn’t really define that for myself either,” said coach Kyle Shanahan on Sunday of what Lance needs to show to have more time in training with the starters.
“When I think it’s okay, when he looks ready, when I think the team looks ready. We will continue to mix them in there. But I don’t plan to do it completely. … I wish I could do it. help him longer. I know he likes to play. He has only been able to play one game in over a year. But I think it was good for him to go out. I think he started well, he got a little excited sometimes, which he does. And you get a little bit excited, some of your technique and stuff you lose, which will be fun to watch with him. “
Lance threw the 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of his second disc, doing a half-barrel to his left, stopping and returning across the field to Sherfield. The Niners scored a field goal in their next practice, then found themselves empty on the last five possessions with Lance in the game, getting just two first tries on those practices.
Lance finished 5 for 14 for 128 yards. He was injured by three abandoned passes by his receivers but also nearly threw two interceptions and recovered his own fumble on one of his four sacks.
The Niners have invested heavily in Lance, trading three first-round picks to move up to third in the draft. Despite his inexperience in college when Lance only played a full season in North Dakota State at FCS level and only one game last season, Shanahan has seen enough to believe Lance has them. tools to be a franchise quarterback.
But with Garoppolo in place as a starter after helping San Francisco reach the Super Bowl in the 2019 season, the Niners are in no rush to make the switch despite some of Lance’s best plays so far in training and during the first exhibition match. .
“We all know Trey has the ability to play well and do special things,” Shanahan said. “Being in practice and you’ve seen a little bit in the game, but that’s not playing the quarterback in the NFL. You have to have the ability to get into the club, but that’s how you react to adversity, how you can play on it the course of a game, when you make a mistake, can you come back and make another big game?
“I know there are a lot of things he’s already going to know without seeing us that he’s going to be hard on himself and that he can get better at. That’s why I’m just excited to start. I can’t wait for him to play in these next two. Trey Lance’s top-down debut in the preseason hasn’t done much to change the schedule for the San Francisco 49ers when their rookie quarterback has more time with the first team in practice and may take over as a starter.
NOTES: Rookie RG Aaron Banks suffered a shoulder injury in the game and is expected to miss two to three weeks. … WR Austin Watkins broke his foot in the game and is expected to be out for six to eight weeks. … Several players are expected to resume training on Monday, including CB K’Waun Williams, DE Samson Ebukam, LB Azeez Al-Shaair, LB Demetrius Flannigan Fowles and TE MyCole Pruitt.