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Kyle Shanahan reveals plan for Jimmy Garoppolo, Trey Lance during 49ers-Chiefs

Aug 12, 2021 at 9:50 AM--


How much will each San Francisco 49ers quarterback play during the team's preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday? Head coach Kyle Shanahan laid out the plan during a Thursday-morning conversation on KNBR.

As expected, Jimmy Garoppolo will be the first quarterback on the field for the 49ers and will play for a series. The No. 3 overall pick, Trey Lance, will finish out the first half, says Shanahan. That means fans at Levi's Stadium will get a good look at the quarterback of the future over the weekend.


"We're trying to start our starters for about one series," Shanahan said on the Murph & Mac show. "You hope it's not a three and out, except on defense. On offense, you hope you can go down and score in six plays or something like that and get those guys out.

"I'm not playing every starter, but there's some starters I want to keep out for health reasons and things like that. But most of our guys, I plan on playing, and we'll get them out quickly. Once they're out, I'm hoping Trey can finish out that first half. We'll see how many plays he gets and what the situations are.

"I'd be surprised if I play him in the third quarter, but we'll see how the game goes, and, hopefully, he'll get in a good quarter and about three-fourths of one."

The 49ers and Chiefs will kick off on Saturday at 5:30 pm PT.

You can listen to the entire conversation with Shanahan below.



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