Kyle Shanahan: Trey Lance will play situationally this year

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Rookie quarterback Trey Lance got his first snap with the first-team offense in one of this week’s training camp practices and the play was a designed run that is specifically in the playbook for the first-round pick.

On Friday, head coach Kyle Shanahan said it won’t be his last and that there will be times when Lance is going to be on the field during the regular season as well. Shanahan knew that would generate a reaction, so he was quick to add that he will play in situational packages rather than getting the run of the offense in place of Jimmy Garoppolo.

“Trey’s going to play this year,” Shanahan said, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. I know everyone’s now gonna rush to Twitter, but situationally he’s going to play. Doesn’t mean he’s going to start but he’ll get plays. . . . He will get reps with the ones.”

Situational plays may be where things start for Lance, but they’re going to end with the starting quarterback job at some point. How soon that happens will be the biggest question around the 49ers until it happens.

26 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: Trey Lance will play situationally this year

  1. If Taysom Hill could take situational reps from Drew Brees, then Trey Lance can take situational reps from Jimmy G.

  2. He will be starting by mid-season. You don’t trade up for a guy like that and not play him also Jimmy G will be hurt.

  3. Designed run in the context of situational football ? Teams will see it coming now. Higher risk of injury. Let Garappolo go alone with the full QB job. If he fares well, his trade value will increase if not, Lance becomes the starter.

  4. Well Jimmy G usually doesn’t last past 6 games in a season so he’s probably just sparing his feelings.

  5. This same strategy worked pretty good for the Niners when Joe Montana played situationally. Steve DeBerg was the Niners starting quarterback Joe’s rook season. Taking a page from Bill Walsh’s playbook

  6. The NFC West is going to be the most entertaining division in the NFL this year.

    Trey will play situationally until Jimmy G gets hurt – so probably around the middle of the season.

  7. So it’s official, John Lynch spend three first-round picks on a guy that’s not gonna play this year

  8. Jimmy G. will play situationally this year.*
    *Situation to be decided at a later date

  9. Another run based qb set to get hurt like all the rest.

    SF mortgaged their future for this guy. What idiots. They could have had Mac Jones.

  10. Trades two future firsts to draft the third best quarterback in the draft. Still smh about that.

  11. I wonder how long he’ll last this season? Not a strong history of NDSU QB’s handling the rigors of football more than 1 level above JC.

  12. touchback6 says:
    August 6, 2021 at 7:50 pm
    Another run based qb set to get hurt like all the rest.

    SF mortgaged their future for this guy. What idiots. They could have had Mac Jones.
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    Mac Jones? Really? At this point all rookies are all equal. Tell me how Mac Jones’ college career translates to the NFL. Then tell me how Tom Brady’s college career translates to the NFL.

  13. Still defies belief how they decided and when they decided to use their draft Capitol this last year. They gave away their 1s as far as they could, and still ended up with a guy who I’ve heard no pundit say is any better than 3rd best QB in his class and is FAR from a slam dunk. May all work out in the end but if so was by a ridiculous transaction all the same

  14. Just hope the guy isnt another Geno Smith or Travaris Jackson; can run, pass has all the physical skills but cant read a defense to save their lives. More interceptions then td’s will take you out every time.
    This is something Jimmy cant help him with since he is Mr Interception too.

  15. Wanting to win, instead of lose, could be defined as a “situation” right?

  16. To all you basement dwelling GM’s who are predicting a Garropolo
    injury ,a Trey Lance bust, and a mortgaged future for the Niners…
    please get some new and original material. Maybe an interesting take other than regurgitation of previous comments

    SF’s quarterback situation and their future is right on track. Rock solid roster and coaching staff. Built to win right now.

  17. Euphemism for does not understand the whole offense and needs time to develop? Or he fouled is on the whiteboard in pre-draft analysis?

  18. browns2022 says:
    August 6, 2021 at 9:48 pm
    touchback6 says:
    August 6, 2021 at 7:50 pm
    Another run based qb set to get hurt like all the rest.

    SF mortgaged their future for this guy. What idiots. They could have had Mac Jones.
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    Mac Jones? Really? At this point all rookies are all equal. Tell me how Mac Jones’ college career translates to the NFL. Then tell me how Tom Brady’s college career translates to the NFL.

    4 6 Rate This

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    Umm, is this a serious question? Hi IQ, humble, hardworking, coachable, no ego (not now with Brady), ball out and on time, accuracy, mature, etc.

    Mac Jones beat out a 5 star recruit and won a national championship on everyone’s tv screen having a season like JoeBurrow the year before as Jones learned under Saban, and you’re asking why Jones is a better prospect than a run based qb who played in North Dakota against more of a division 2 style schedule?

    Try again.

    The 9ers got a little too cute in their draft room all patting each other on the back after losing a sb the same way.

    Thanks.

  19. He’ll play in situations like if/when the Niners are up or down by 3 touchdowns in last minute of a game or there is an equipment failure or the smelling salts aren’t working.

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