Carson Wentz to Trey Lance: Don’t let pressure change you, just go play

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49ers quarterback Trey Lance was back in his college town recently and this year’s third overall pick got a chance to hear some advice from the only other North Dakota State player in history to be selected with one of the top three picks in the NFL Draft.

Lance was in Fargo for a charity softball game hosted by Colts quarterback Carson Wentz, who was picked second overall by the Eagles in the 2016 draft. Wentz’s promising start in Philly unraveled thanks to injuries and a sharp decline in his play during the 2020 season. He was traded to the Colts this offseason and is facing questions about whether he can turn things around.

In May, Wentz answered a question about the pressure associated with those questions by saying he has to “go to work and block out the outside noise.” His advice to Lance about dealing with the expectations that come with a team trading up to take you third overall was to do the same thing.

“There are going to be a million things pulling you in one direction, then the other direction, pressure, expectations, all these things,” Wentz said, via Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com. “But I know Trey. He’s got a great head on his shoulders. He’s young, age-wise, but he’s very mature. I know he’s going to be just fine. He’s in a great situation. They have a great culture there in San Fran, a good coaching staff. So I know he’s going to do a great job, and I’m excited for him. I just keep telling him to be himself: ‘Don’t let any of those things change who you are, change your values, change your perspective on football. Just go play.'”

Wentz and Lance will get another chance to catch up when the 49ers host the Colts on October 24. Wentz should be starting for Indy if he’s healthy, but it remains to be seen if Lance will be on the field or on the sideline backing up Jimmy Garoppolo for that contest.

15 responses to “Carson Wentz to Trey Lance: Don’t let pressure change you, just go play

  1. Although Trey Lance didn’t participate in the charity softball game he did participate in a bacon toss. Given the Niners’ bad injury luck this past year, it’s great that he came through that unscathed.

  2. The difference is– Wentz played his first year. Lance won’t play much.
    Come to think of it– Wentz played in college. Lance barely played in college.

  3. Lance has no chance of rising to Wentz’ level. At least Wentz has been a legitimate starter in the NFL.

  4. My guess is that Lance will start that game for the 49ers, as Jimmy G. will probably be sitting out with an injury by that time.

  5. I don’t think Trey Lance is going to develop into a starting NFL QB . Lance just has to many flaws as as a QB1 and he will be playing in the toughest division in the league with 3 of the teams in AZ/LA and SF all having three of the toughest defenses/pass rush’s in the NFL which will all get going & get after Lance and beating down over the course of a 4 quarter game.

  6. I’m rooting for Carson to succeed, but I don’t know that this is very self-aware advice coming from him. His issue is that he refused to change. When he was 100% healthy and considered the wunderkind, he was great. As soon as adversity struck, he lost a step physically, he faced real questions about his play, etc….he melted down. He refused to change his approach, didn’t listen to coaches, and lost confidence. It wasn’t all his fault, but there areas he needed to change and didn’t.

  7. imranrahiem12 says:
    June 28, 2021 at 1:44 pm
    Says the guy who turned the ball over 29 times in 12 and a half starts.
    ______________

    How does one have half a start?

  8. See what the guy before did here, do everything opposite man.. But we see u started it in fargo too, palm meet forehead.

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