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Kyle Shanahan: No plans for Trey Lance to take first-team practice reps with 49ers

Aug 2, 2021 at 1:19 PM--

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke with reporters on Monday after players came off the field from the first training camp practice of the week. While rookie Trey Lance has had impressive moments over the past week, Shanahan reiterated that no quarterback competition is brewing in Santa Clara.

Garoppolo is currently getting the majority of the practice reps with the first-team offense. Lance has been primarily working with the second-team unit. There are no plans for that to change.

"I thought Trey had one of his better days on Saturday," Shanahan said, "but that was nothing to move him up there, to start talking differently with Jimmy or anything like that."

The plan is for Garoppolo to be the 49ers' starter when the team faces the Detroit Lions in Week 1 and for the remainder of the season. The veteran quarterback just needs to stay healthy and play well to hold onto the job.

Lance has created some excitement when it comes to the 49ers' future, though. Naturally, fans are eager to see what the young passer can do with the plethora of talent on the roster. Shanahan was asked if he envisions Lance getting snaps with the first-team offense anytime soon.

"I haven't planned that at all," he responded.

Lance could still stun his new coach and show that he is rapidly improving during training camp and the preseason. However, Shanahan feels that might be a tall order for a rookie quarterback going against a savvy veteran like Garoppolo, who has spent years within the offense.

As unlikely as it seems, the coach didn't dismiss the possibility, though.

"I just think to look better than a guy who's been playing for a while, done everything in practice and in three preseason games where you're not playing in all the games, I think that would be pretty tough to do," Shanahan said. "I'm not trying to put that pressure on Trey, but anybody can pull stuff off."

Added Shanahan: "Jimmy's played too good of football. He is too good of a player. And Trey's trying to learn everything right now and soak it all in. So, that's why I'd be very surprised if he was able to do that."

Peter King of NBC Sports recently reported that according to the 49ers' internal logs, no player has watched more practice film on his team-issued iPad than Lance. Shanahan doesn't want anyone to make a bigger deal of that tidbit than it is, though.

"I actually hadn't heard that," Shanahan said. "Someone mentioned that to me before I came in, so someone must have mentioned that to Peter. ... I also know how electronics work. You can press play and watch a movie while that's just going next to you and act like it was on for eight hours. That's why I don't ask everyone's hours. I kind of just see [if they are] prepared, and it wouldn't surprise me. He seems prepared each day."

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