Trey Lance was cheered to the rafters when he took the field at Levi’s Stadium for the San Francisco 49ers’ preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers. Lance played only briefly, but the second-year quarterback demonstrated why 49ers fans are excited and why he’s San Francisco’s undisputed starter when the NFL season commences on 9 Sept.
Lance led the 49ers on two straight scoring drives. San Francisco’s opening drive stalled after he threw a pass a little too high to wide receiver Danny Gray. The 49ers ended up with a field goal. On the ensuing possession, Lance redeemed himself, tossing a deep pass to Gray who raced to the end zone for a 76-yard touchdown reception.
It was easily Lance’s best pass of the night and was a superb way to conclude his preseason debut as the 49ers’ starting QB.
It certainly impressed 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, delighted with the 28-21 win. He said: “He did some good things. It was a good first game. I wish we would’ve kept him out there more but got to get him out.”
Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have great faith in Lance, 22, to lead the franchise and are in the process of finding a new team for his predecessor, Jimmy Garoppolo.
Discarding Garoppolo, 30, for a quarterback with only 71 career passes is a risk. Garoppolo led the 49ers to Super Bowl 54 and last season’s NFC championship game. But the 49ers feel the reward outweighs the risk.
Lance is younger, more athletic, mobile and possesses a stronger arm. He brings a new dimension to Shanahan’s offense.