Trey Lance

San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback #5
San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback #5
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Trey Lance News

Getting first-team reps in OTAs

Lance is in line to handle all the first-team reps with the 49ers during OTAs while Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) remains sidelined, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "We're excited for that opportunity that he has [in the spring]," 49ers general manager John Lynch said Monday.

Analysis: Though both Garoppolo and head coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged in the early weeks of the offseason that the veteran signal-caller would likely be donning a different uniform in 2022, Garoppolo's ongoing recovery from right shoulder surgery along with an active trade market that resulted in several experienced quarterbacks being moved has thus far prevented the 49ers from finding a trade partner. The San Francisco brass has since talked down the possibility of Garoppolo being traded or released, but at the very least, Lance looks like he'll be given every opportunity to compete for the starting job throughout the spring and early portion of the summer. With Garoppolo still in rehab mode from thumb surgery, Lance will get the keys to the offense during OTAs and during minicamp, and with an impressive showing in those workouts, he could head into training camp in the driver's seat for the starting job even if Garoppolo is fully healthy and still on the roster by then.

Apr 26, 2022 10:20 AM EST

Shanahan noncommittal on starter

49ers' head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Tuesday that he has yet to decide who will be the team's starting quarterback this upcoming season, according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.

Analysis: While this may sound annoying to those investing in the potential fantasy star, Shanahan did also express confidence in the sophomore's ability to handle the starting job next year, referencing the organization's willingness to move on from a proven starter like Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason. In all likelihood, this is just lip service from San Francisco's front office in an attempt to drum up trade value now that the free-agent quarterback market has all but settled. It wouldn't make a ton of sense from a cap management standpoint to keep Jimmy G and his massive $27 million cap hit past the June 1 deadline. This is not to say that the 49ers wouldn't end up restructuring the veteran's deal to bring him back as an actual backup. Even in the unlikely event that Garoppolo is still on the 49ers' roster as we near OTAs, smart money would be on Lance being handed the keys to Shanahan's offense in 2022.

Mar 30, 2022 9:30 AM EST

Returns to backup role

Lance will return to a backup role Sunday at the Rams with Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) active for the contest, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports.

Analysis: The 49ers are turning back to Garoppolo after he showed enough in practice this week to be able to play through his sprained right thumb. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported earlier Sunday that Garoppolo also would start and not yield many, if any, reps to Lance, indicating coach Kyle Shanahan will be relying on the veteran quarterback to deliver a much-needed victory. As a result, Lance seems to be in line for clipboard duty Sunday, as he was from Weeks 7-16.

Jan 9, 2022 12:14 PM EST

Trending toward backup duty Sunday

Lance may be trending toward a backup role Sunday at the Rams with Garoppolo a better bet to be the 49ers' starting quarterback, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Lance stepped in for Garoppolo in Week 17 when the latter was held out due to a sprained right thumb en route to 16-for-23 passing for 249 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while turning eight carries into 31 yards. Garoppolo returned to the practice field Wednesday and proceeded to put together three consecutive limited practices, splitting reps with Lance. Coach Kyle Shanahan likely wants the experienced hand to be under center with the 49ers requiring a win to reach the postseason. Ultimately, if Garoppolo gets the nod, Lance could be relegated to clip board duty, as he was in nine of 11 games following the team's Week 6 bye.

Jan 8, 2022 8:36 PM EST

No decision yet on Week 18 starter

Coach Kyle Shanahan wouldn't commit to Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) or Lance as the 49ers' starting quarterback for Sunday's road game against the Rams, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Analysis: It appears as if Shanahan won't tip his hand until closer to Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, but he added that he "feels good" where Garoppolo stands after sitting out Week 17 due to a Grade 3 UCL sprain in his right thumb and then splitting reps with Lance this week, per Wagoner. Considering the 49ers can be eliminated from the playoff race with a loss and a Saints win in Atlanta, Shanahan may opt for the steadier hand in Garoppolo if he deems him healthy enough to play. Even if Garoppolo does suit up, though, Lance still could be a part of the offense, similar to what he was early on this season. In any case, Lance's value is contingent on Garoppolo's availability, making him a huge hit-or-miss proposition for Week 18.

Jan 7, 2022 2:19 PM EST

Start could come down to wire

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that he'll wait until Sunday to announce either Lance or Jimmy Garoppolo (hand) as the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Rams, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Given the importance of Sunday's game, Shanahan won't pass up the potential competitive advantage of forcing the Rams to prepare for two very different QBs. Shanahan did say Lance will get most of the snaps at Wednesday's practice, per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, with Garoppolo returning as a limited participant after sitting out last week.

Jan 5, 2022 12:11 PM EST

Strong finish in first career win

Lance completed 16 of 23 pass attempts for 249 yards, two touchdowns and an interception Sunday, adding 31 yards on eight carries in a 23-7 win over Houston.

Analysis: Lance made his second start of the season in place of Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb), turning in a solid fantasy performance in the process. The end results may look good for the third-overall pick from this year's draft, but we didn't see the quarterback settle in until the second half. Lance had some bouts of inaccuracy -- one of the criticisms of the raw prospect -- most notably a forced throw into double coverage that resulted in his lone interception. Head coach Kyle Shanahan called a conservative gameplan to protect his rookie for the majority of the contest, but when he finally opened up the playbook, we saw some of that big-play ability that excites fantasy managers. Garoppolo's status for Week 18 against the Rams is uncertain and may be another late-week decision, but Shanahan stated that Lance will be the backup if his usual starter is healthy enough to play, according to David Lombardi of The Athletic.

Jan 2, 2022 7:26 PM EST

Starting for Garoppolo

Lance will start for an inactive Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) in Sunday's contest against the Texans, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports.

Analysis: Garoppolo entered the weekend as doubtful to play through the sprained and fractured thumb that he sustained Week 16 at Tennessee. His absence paves the way for Lance to earn his second career start and make his sixth appearance overall. In the previous five, he was spotty as a passer, completing 25 of 48 passes for 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. But he made up for it with his legs, turning 30 carries into 137 yards and one more score. Lance will have a chance to produce versus Houston's 19th-ranked pass defense (239.7 yards per game).

Jan 2, 2022 11:48 AM EST

Looks bound for second career start

Lance appears likely to receive his second career start Sunday against the Texans with top quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) listed as doubtful for the game, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: While tending to a torn ligament to the thumb of his throwing hand in the aftermath of last Thursday's loss to the Titans, Garoppolo hasn't practiced or thrown this week, allowing Lance to pick up all the reps with the first-team offense. Head coach Kyle Shanahan isn't closing the door on Garoppolo playing Sunday, but in order for the veteran to be available, he'll need to show that his accuracy and velocity aren't compromised when he takes part in a throwing session Saturday. Even if Garoppolo looks good in the workout, the 49ers could still be inclined to limit him to a backup role behind Lance, who hasn't attempted a pass since he started and played every snap in a 17-10 loss to Arizona in Week 5. Lance generally struggled to move the offense through the air (15-for-29 for 192 yards, no touchdowns and an interception), but he proved to be a useful contributor from a fantasy perspective thanks to a 16-carry, 89-yard rushing performance. Shanahan noted that earlier in the week that Lance has made strides in practice as the week has rolled along, offering hope that the rookie signal-caller can show more improvement as a passer if he does in fact receive the starting nod Sunday.

Dec 31, 2021 2:27 PM EST

Taking all first-team reps

Lance has taken all the reps with the 49ers' first-team offense at practice this week, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: The development is a residual effect of Jimmy Garoppolo's compromised health, which includes a Grade 3 UCL tear in his right thumb. As of Wednesday, he hadn't thrown since last Thursday's loss at Tennessee, and during the open portion of this Thursday's practice he was a spectator during warmups before hitting the weight room. The result has been no reps for Garoppolo, leaving all the high-profile ones for Lance. Considering the 49ers have just one session remaining this week, Lance seems to have a better chance to start Sunday's game against the Texans than Garoppolo does. In five appearances (one start) in his rookie campaign, Lance has 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on 52 percent passing and 30 carries for 137 yards and one more TD.

Dec 30, 2021 5:47 PM EST

Status TBD with Garoppolo injury

Lance may be in line for practice reps with the 49ers' first-team offense after Jimmy Garoppolo was diagnosed with a UCL tear and fracture in his right thumb in the wake of Saturday's loss in Tennessee, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Lance opened the season with as a regular part of the offensive game plan and even earned a spot start for an injured Garoppolo in Week 5. But Lance has made just one appearance in 10 games in the meantime and currently has a rookie stat line of 52 percent passing for 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interception to go with 30 carries for 137 yards and another TD. The 49ers are slated to evaluate Garoppolo's thumb again Wednesday, which could set the stage for Lance to handle high profile reps in practice and potentially even his second NFL start Sunday against the Texans.

Dec 27, 2021 4:12 PM EST

Doesn't enter game by design

Head coach Kyle Shanahan stated that he did not plan on using Lance (knee) outside of an emergency situation with the quarterback fresh off an injury, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The post-game announcement helped explain why Lance didn't receive the handful of designed plays usually drawn up for him, especially after how badly starter Jimmy Garoppolo struggled last week against the Colts. Perhaps we see the rookie out there a bit against Arizona with another week of rest, but the latter should be a lock to start in Week 9 after a strong showing in Sunday's victory.

Nov 1, 2021 2:38 AM EST

Cleared to return

Lance (knee) has no injury designation for Sunday's game in Chicago, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: The rookie will return to his role as the backup quarterback, potentially getting some snaps in the red zone and/or in special packages designed to take advantage of his running ability. Given Jimmy Garoppolo's poor performance this season, Lance seems increasingly likely to make additional starts as a rookie, after filling in for the injured veteran in a Week 5 loss to Arizona. It was in that game where Lance sprained his knee, forcing a one-game absence even after the Week 6 bye. In any case, he's back for Week 8 at Chicago.

Oct 29, 2021 1:44 PM EST

Stays limited at practice

Lance (knee) was limited at Thursday's practice, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Lance has opened Week 8 preparations with back-to-back capped practices, which marks his first consistent on-field work since he sprained the MCL in his left knee back in Week 5. It's unclear yet whether he's trending toward a return to action or inactive status for Sunday's game in Chicago. If it's the former, Lance will back up Jimmy Garoppolo and likely would have situation specific plays drawn up for him on the 49ers' offensive game plan, as was the case for the first three and a half games of the season when both quarterbacks were available.

Oct 28, 2021 2:57 PM EST

To be limited Wednesday

Lance (knee) will practice in a limited capacity Wednesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: This will mark Lance's first practice since picking up the injury in his Week 5 start at Arizona, in which he completed 15 of 29 passes and one interception and had 16 carries for 89 yards. Of course, if he does enough this week to be active Sunday in Chicago, Lance will be backing up Jimmy Garoppolo, who returned to action this past Sunday against the Colts after missing a game and a half due to a bruised calf. Lance has two more sessions this week to put himself into a position to be available.

Oct 27, 2021 12:48 PM EST

Likely to practice Wednesday

Lance (knee) is "on pace" to take part in Wednesday's practice, coach Kyle Shanahan told Nick Wagoner of on Monday.

Analysis: Assuming he does so, Lance isn't expected to be anything more than a limited participant as he works his way back from a sprained MCL in his left knee. If he does enough to be active for the first time since Week 5, he'll serve as the backup to Jimmy Garoppolo in Sunday's game at Chicago. That likely would yield the sporadic snaps and reps Lance earned in the 49ers' first three-plus games of the season before he was thrust into a lead role after Garoppolo bruised his calf in the first half of a Week 4 loss to the Seahawks.

Oct 25, 2021 4:26 PM EST

Ruled out

Lance (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Lance won't be available this week, but fellow quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been cleared to return from a calf injury. Both guys figure to contribute to the team this year, but Lance's Week 5 start against the Cardinals didn't exactly help his case for more playing time. The ankle injury also doesn't help, though it'll likely heal within the next few weeks. That said, Lance didn't practice at all this week.

Oct 22, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Not practicing

Lance (knee) isn't practicing Friday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) is on track to return and start, while Lance's continued absence suggests Nate Sudfeld will need to be called up from the practice squad before Sunday's game against the Colts. The rookie QB hasn't practiced since spraining his MCL in the Week 5 loss to Arizona.

Oct 22, 2021 12:14 PM EST

Idle for another practice

Lance (knee) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Coming off a Week 6 bye, Lance hasn't taken the field in either of the 49ers' first two Week 7 practices. Unless he practices in some capacity Friday, Lance's sprained left knee looks as though it'll keep him sidelined for Sunday's game against the Colts. If that's the case, the 49ers would likely elevate Nate Sudfeld from the practice squad to serve as the backup to Jimmy Garoppolo (calf), who appears set to put an end to his one-game absence this weekend.

Oct 21, 2021 12:31 PM EST

No practice reps Wednesday

Lance (knee) won't participate in practice Wednesday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: In fact, Lance isn't expected to be available at all Sunday at Indianapolis, while Jimmy Garoppolo eases his way into practice as a limited participant Wednesday, according to Nick Wagoner of With Garoppolo slated to be under center Week 7 and Lance seemingly trending toward an absence, the 49ers will roll with Nate Sudfeld as their backup QB.

Oct 20, 2021 12:59 PM EST

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