San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance will enter the 2022 NFL season with many fans placing massive expectations on his shoulders. While he is the new face of the franchise, though, it appears the organization itself is being realistic with what will happen.
Kyle Shanahan announced on July 26 that Lance is the starting quarterback, replacing Jimmy Garoppolo even with the veteran still on the roster. San Francisco’s head coach also shot down speculation that Lance is dealing with any ‘arm fatigue’ issues this summer.
The reports out of 49ers’ training camp thus far are largely positive, with the second-year quarterback earning praise from teammates and reporters. It’s fueled even more buzz regarding Lance’s potential and a belief that he could make this the team to beat in the NFC.
Between the positive reports and the highlights from practices showing off Lance’s arm strength and athleticism, the hype is building faster. However, it appears the feeling is a bit different inside the organization.
According to Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus, the 49ers are anticipating some real growing pains from Lance that will be displayed in his lack of consistency from game to game. No one responsible for scouting and coaching him believes talent is the issue, there is just a shared understanding that it might not translate to high-end play right out of the gate.