The 49ers are willing to endure the growing pains and take risks, handing the reins to quarterback Trey Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 draft.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In one of the most stressful situations of a young quarterback’s entire athletic career, Trey Lance’s look told Kyle Shanahan everything he needed to know.
The rookie’s second NFL start — a must-win Week 17 game against visiting Houston — didn’t start well. On paper, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, who was pushed to the field due to a thumb injury to starter Jimmy Garoppolo, has three fumbles, a turnover and an interception in San Francisco’s first five games. Appears too strong at the end. But Lance’s coach saw something he liked.