Jimmy Garoppolo got the beginning and saw a series’ worth of play, needless to say . Then came Trey Lance, the most attraction. The 2021 No. 3 overall pick’s first preseason drive as a San Francisco 49ers quarterback produced a three-and-out, with an incomplete pass and a sack. And then came a second chance to form an outstanding first impression and therefore the North Dakota St. product followed suit with a scintillating 80-yard touchdown to Trent Sherfield . It was the indelible moment in Lance’s first action because the 49ers lost to the Chiefs, 19-16, in preseason action on Saturday night.
“It was super exciting,” Lance said after the sport. “Kind of the instant you dream of scoring your first touchdown. albeit it’s preseason, it’s pretty cool. With my teammates, the blokes therein room, that they were so excited on behalf of me and for Trent making that play. it had been needless to say a special moment and that I wish I could’ve capitalized on the opportunities that came then .” Lance took over after the opening drive and ended his night following the primary drive of the last half. His final line was 5 of 14 for 128 yards, the one score, no interceptions, and a 93.7 QB rating.
“There was some good and a few bad. By no means was it perfect,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Definitely missed a few. There were a few spots that could’ve gone to different places. Sometimes a few balls that sailed on him that he would really like to possess back, but he also came out pretty good, too – making the proper plays, getting the proper spots. I feel he had a few drops there, especially on a 3rd down that I feel he could’ve kept the drive going if we had caught it. it had been an honest first day. I didn’t want it to travel perfectly for him. [There’s] some things he could learn from and there are tons of things we will re-evaluate tomorrow.”
Lance was forced to affect three receiver drops within the half. And within the shadows of the 80-yard highlight, Lance took a pounding. He was sacked fourfold and constantly pressured behind a Niners line that had a couple of starters playing, but struggled mightily. The 80-yard highlight was a play-action to the proper during which the rookie rolled back left, calmly found out, and delivered brilliance, hitting Sherfield just maybe a step behind stride. Sherfield raced untouched to 6.
“I was a touch bit nervous coming around because the corner had gotten hands on him a touch bit, so he was probably only at 5 to 10 yards where typically if he did not have hands-on him he would already be down the sector at 15,” Lance said of the play. “But yeah, he made an excellent play, obviously, and set the angle perfectly. So, for me, it had been one among those situations, obviously, where I would like to urge the ball in his hands.”
It was one big moment in one preseason game, but it had been a snapshot of what could become for Lance and can little question kindle 49ers fans’ desire to ascertain the rookie replace Garoppolo. As much of a dream-like scenario, because it was for Lance, though, it isn’t what he’ll be that specialize in going forward.
“Obviously, I will be able to specialize in what I did incorrectly quite what I’ll specialize in what I did well,” he said. “There’s something I can learn on just about every play out there. That Jimmy ran, that I ran, which Josh [Rosen] ran. So, it’ll be good on my behalf to travel through and watch it. My first time during a game setting, being tackled for a while. [I’m] excited to travel back and watch that and really see if what I felt lines up with what I’m seeing on tape.”