Trey Lance to Get Reps with 49ers' 1st-Team amid QB Battle with Jimmy Garoppolo

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVAugust 6, 2021

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance throws a pass in front of quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello at NFL football training camp in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, July 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan says he plans to give Trey Lance reps with the first-team offense in practice moving forward.

Shanahan indicated there is not an open competition for the starting job and Jimmy Garoppolo remains their starter. To this point, Lance has only one rep with the starting lineup.

"Trey will get reps with the 1s," Shanahan said. "That doesn't mean the competition is open. It just means I want him to get some reps with the [No. 1] O-line."

While Garoppolo currently has a grip on the starting job, Shanahan's made it clear the 49ers' first-round pick will see the field.

"Trey is going to play for us this year," Shanahan said. "I know you guys are all running to Twitter with that. But situationally, he's going to get plays. That doesn't mean he's going to be the starter or anything. He's going to get plays. You have got to prepare him for that in every way possible."

The 49ers mortgaged three first-round picks to move up and select Lance, so it stands to reason they'd want him on the field this season. While Garoppolo has been solid during his tenure in San Francisco, he's an unspectacular game manager who limits the offense. Lance is a near-perfect model of the modern quarterback, equipped with a strong arm and mobility that makes him dynamic in the open field.