Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

PFF: 49ers QB Trey Lance one of players under most pressure to perform in Year 2

Rohan Chakravarthi
Jun 18, 2022 at 6:20 PM--

While there are several success stories of rookies flourishing immediately in the NFL, there are certain players, especially quarterbacks, whose learning curves require some more seasoning.

Take Peyton Manning, who threw for 28 interceptions in his rookie year before becoming one of the best quarterbacks of all time, as an example.

Earlier this week, PFF named ten players from the 2021 NFL Draft class that are under the most pressure to perform in Year 2, and unsurprisingly, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance was amongst the group.

Lance, who was selected third overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, played just 179 snaps as a rookie, despite the 49ers moving three first-round selections to get him, which is why PFF believes he's under pressure in 2022, although his situation differs from some of the other high selections in the draft.

"Lance is in a slightly different situation than the rest of the quarterbacks that underwhelmed as rookies because he barely saw the field. Jimmy Garoppolo stayed healthy for most of the season, which led to Lance playing only 179 snaps (including the playoffs) and dropping back to pass 86 times," PFF wrote.

"San Francisco didn't even elect to use him as a gimmick player for most of the season, and so far, the 49ers have been unable or unwilling to trade away Garoppolo this offseason. An injury to Garoppolo reportedly made that difficult, but the fact remains that he currently stands between Lance and the starting job, and the 49ers haven't exactly displayed total confidence in Lance, either. A year ago, San Francisco traded three first-round picks to move up to No. 3 overall and select Lance despite that Garoppolo was already entrenched as the starter. Lance enters Year 2 under pressure to prove that was the right move, and his biggest issue so far is being afforded the opportunity to show it."

Throughout the offseason, Lance has been nothing short of impressive according to his teammates and coaches, and even completed 74.6% of his passes during the offseason practices available to media, according to Sports Illustrated's Grant Cohn.

During the 49ers' annual State of the Franchise event earlier this week, head coach Kyle Shanahan praised his young quarterback, while pointing to the untapped potential inside of him as he begins his NFL career.

"I think the biggest thing on Trey that everyone's got to realize is he is younger," Shanahan said. "Trey's got more horsepower inside of him than I think he even knows of, just from the whole talent, but also what he's made of, how intelligent he is."

The 49ers will get an even closer look at Lance during training camp, when players will be in pads and more 11-on-11s will be conducted.
Nobody's perfect. Did you find a mistake in this article?
Report it.

Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

Bruschi: 49ers' Trey Lance has 'most to prove' among second-year QBs

By David Bonilla
Jun 24

The quarterbacks from the 2021 draft class will be linked together and compared for a long time. Most received a significant amount of playing time during their rookie seasons. The one who did not was San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance. He started just two games and spent most of his freshman NFL season learning behind veteran Jimmy Garoppolo. The upcoming season will be different, though. Lance is slated to become the 49ers' full-time starter, with Garoppolo likely to be shipped out of Santa Clara. One ESPN analyst believes Lance has the most to prove among the 2021 first-round quarterback class that also includes Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, and Mac Jones. "He is the one that has the most to prove because you almost have to prove your

Sam Acho picks 49ers' Trey Lance as 2nd-year QB to make biggest jump in 2022

By David Bonilla
Jun 28

Last week, ESPN analyst Rob Ninkovich looked at the 2021 rookie quarterback class and stated he expects Trey Lance to make the "biggest jump" in Year 2. Another ESPN analyst, Sam Acho, agrees with that prediction. Why is Lance the best second-year quarterback, in Acho's opinion? It's because of the weapons around him. The 22-year-old quarterback will have wide receiver Deebo Samuel (assuming the offseason rift can be mended) and tight end George Kittle at his disposal. "Yes, there was a reason Zach Wilson was the second pick overall last year," Acho said. "There's a reason Trey Lance was third, right? Because he's that good as well." More critical for

49ers' Brandon Aiyuk among PFF's Year 3 breakout candidates

By David Bonilla
Jun 21

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk was a hot pick last year as a candidate primed to have a breakout season. Instead, it was third-year wideout Deebo Samuel who emerged as one of the best in the game. Aiyuk was slow out of the gate, hauling in just one pass for six yards in the Niners' first two games. He played just 51 percent of the offensive snaps through Week 2. Aiyuk finished the season strong, playing at least 90 percent of the offensive snaps in each game starting in Week 9. He amassed 43 receptions for 685 yards and four touchdowns during that span. Can Aiyuk have a Samuel-like breakout season in his third year—minus the running back snaps. One thousand, four hundred five of Samuel's 1,770 all-purpose yards came as a receiver. In 2021,

Five Reasons to Trust Trey Lance as 49ers' Quarterback

By Bill Brown
Jun 25

With the debate raging in the media and fandom about whether Trey Lance will start this year, an important fact has been lost by some. The team says Lance will start. That begs several questions. What kind of quarterback is Trey Lance? What can fans expect from this fledgling play-caller? Can Lance buck the "Shanahan Curse" and win without changing his first name to "Jimmy?" These are fair questions (Well, maybe the last one is a bit facetious.). With all this in mind, here are five reasons to trust Trey Lance as the 49ers' starting quarterback this season: He has displayed incredible athletic potential. Trey Lance's college tape litters the internet. It isn't unusual to discover hours of footage covering all the plays


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone