Trey Lance struggled during the first half of the 49ers’ win versus the Houston Texans, but the rookie eventually found his groove and led San Francisco to a 23–7 victory at Levi’s Stadium.
In his second career NFL, Lance demonstrated star ability that led head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch to draft him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. While Lance showed glimpses of his immense potential, it was also clear to 49ers legend Steve Young what Green Lance is like as a quarterback.
“Trey is big and strong and mighty,” Young said on KNBR on Wednesday. “You can see all the things you want to see more of, right? But it hit me the other day while I was watching him as he tried to throw the meter at the linebackers and figure out where the guys were.” It just struck me that he said he threw 300 passes in college, and you think for yourself how much more I learned to play and measure things so that I understand what works, what doesn’t, it How to put that in the NFL, obviously, it gets faster and more difficult, but it just struck me that we’re going to see Trey essentially not zero, but two to 10.
“Like the whole process of watching him grow, we’re really going to witness that,” Young continued. “Because he hasn’t come from the place to play in Alabama for three years or from Clemson for three years and fix everything in the system. He’s going to do that in front of us. I’m good with it. It just struck me that we’re into that, and that’s a positive thing.
“I thought the first half scared me because it was too much. The idea that I could get over it. And then, in the second half, he settles down and does really cool stuff; it’s like ‘Hey, yeah, right. We can take that kind of repetition where it starts slow, I’ve got to figure it out, get up to speed and then, bam, I’m up to speed. This That’s the kind of process, the cycle that we can all live with, and we’ll hopefully get better and better – not incrementally bigger each time, but better and better, and, with the evolution of all kinds of great Tre Lance we’ve -will go along because it starts with square one or two.”
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Watching Lance on Sunday vs. Texans, it was clear that North Dakota State Product was still learning to handle the situation. While Lance looked more comfortable against the Texans than he did early in his career, he made several young quarterback mistakes while handling Shanahan’s paired-down offense.
While there were many teaching moments, Lance also threw several impressive throws, including a 45-yard touchdown pass to Deebo Samuel.
With Jimmy Garoppolo’s position for the regular season finale up in the air, the Lance’s third start to his career could be on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, a win or loss by the New Orleans Saints to the 49ers to punch up their playoff ticket. is required.
Experience is life’s greatest teacher, and Lance is learning some important lessons in his early season.
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