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The Return of 49ers QB Trey Lance: The Pre-Phase

Apr 13, 2023 at 1:10 PM--

At the NFL owners' meeting, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan made it clear that Trey Lance will get an opportunity to regain his spot as the number one option as quarterback for the team. However, Shanahan mentioned, with the signing of Sam Darnold, there will be a competition.

During the week leading to the Super Bowl, Lance welcomed the competition between him and Brock Purdy on the Rich Eisen Show. Since then, many wondered what it would take for Lance to prove he's worth to sit atop the depth chart.

There are four phases towards Lance's upward trend in this quarterback competition. Today, I'll look at the phase Lance is at now and follow up later to examine the other phases.

The first phase is the pre-phase. Lance is working out and throwing the ball. The videos released by Preston Smith Photography of Lance and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throwing together nearly broke the internet. They show the similarities between the third-year quarterback and the NFL MVP.

The videos prove that Lance is taking strides to become a better quarterback in the NFL. There's an old cliche that says, "To be the best, you have to beat the best." So, why not learn from the best?

In a newer workout video, Lance is shown throwing to receivers at TCU. Again, the quarterback is striving to improve his mechanics, throwing motion, and accuracy. In addition, Lance is in full "grind mode," something we saw in wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk before the start of last season.

The pre-phase is essential to Trey Lance's journey to regain his number one spot. Expect to see more workouts and throwing videos to showcase Lance's progress. Phase one doesn't begin until OTAs in May, but as of right now, it appears Trey Lance is the head of the class.
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