Why Trey Lance should be the 49ers starting quarterback

Kyle Shanahan has yet to name a starter for the 49ers season opener against Detroit, when he does it should be Trey Lance. Having watched a number of training camp practices and three preseason games it is clear that the San Francisco offense will perform at a higher level with Lance behind center. You may ask how that can possibly be true. After all, Jimmy Garoppolo led the 49ers to…

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49ers announce initial practice squad and other roster moves

The roster carousel continues to turn for the 49ers. San Francisco cut down to their initial 53-man roster yesterday, and had a league-high three players claimed off waivers. The players who were claimed included wide receiver Nsimba Webster by Chicago, rookie linebacker Justin Hilliard by the New York Giants, and offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley by Seattle. Once the waiver process was completed, the attention shifted to filling out their practice…

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49ers announce initial 2021 53- man roster

The 49ers have announced their initial 53-man roster for the 2021 season. Quarterback (2): Jimmy Garoppolo, Trey Lance It was clear once the team released Josh Rosen that they would only carry two quarterbacks on the active roster. Nate Sudfeld will likely be signed to the practice squad. Running Back (5): Raheem Mostert, Trey Sermon (R), Elijah Mitchell (R), JaMycal Hasty, Kyle Juszczyk JaMycal Hasty led the NFC in preseason…

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49ers’ Trey Lance to miss 7 days with injury to throwing hand

According to San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, rookie quarterback Trey Lance will be out of practice for the next seven days suffering a small fracture to one of the fingers on his throwing hand. “It’s a micro-chip of a bone that’s off. It’s a chip fracture, which is worse than a jam and why it won’t heal on its own,” Shanahan said on a media conference call. “He…

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49ers rookie report card; Hufanga continues to impress

  The preseason grading period has come to a close for the 49ers’ draft picks. There were a few nice improvements this week along with a few who took a step back. Let’s take a look at how the rookies performed against the Raiders on Sunday. Trey Lance: Grade C (week 1 grade, B-, week 2 grade, B-) Against the Raiders, Lance completed less than half of his pass attempts…

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49ers’ dual quarterbacks lead the way in victory over Raiders

The San Francisco 49ers closed out their 2021 preseason on Sunday afternoon with a dominating 34-10 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders at Levi’s Stadium. Let’s take a look at the answers to the five burning questions that I asked before the game. 1. Will Kyle Shanahan debut the dual quarterback system? YES During the 49ers first two offensive series of the game Kyle Shanahan used both Jimmy Garoppolo and…

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Will Kyle Shanahan debut the two-quarterback system? And other burning questions to watch for on Sunday

The San Francisco 49ers will close out their 2021 preseason on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Las Vegas Raiders at Levi’s Stadium. Sunday’s game will mark the first game in the Bay Area for the Raiders since leaving Oakland for a second time following the 2019 season. Let’s take a look at the five burning questions to watch for this week: 1. Will Kyle Shanahan debut the dual…

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Observations from day 19 of 49ers training camp

Here is what stood out during the 49ers’ nineteenth practice of training camp. In the final full practice with local media in attendance, it was the 49ers’ defense that won the day. The run defense was stout all practice long, and while the quarterbacks both hit on a number of throws, most of them were short of the sticks. Quarterback play: Jimmy Garoppolo: 13-22, interception. Garoppolo struggled during the early…

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Nick Bosa returns, and other observations from Day 18 of 49ers training camp

Here is what stood out during the 49ers 18th practice of training camp. Kyle Shanahan began moving the quarterbacks in and out to simulate what it will be like when Trey Lance comes in for certain plays and packages. This resulted in both quarterbacks taking reps with the first and second units. From the sidelines, the transition appeared to be seamless.  Quarterback play: Jimmy Garoppolo: 11-16. Garoppolo was on the…

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49ers’ Lance has uneven performance; 5 burning questions for preseason week 2 answered

The 49ers notched their first victory of the 2021 preseason with a 15-10 defeat of the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night at SoFi Stadium. The theme of the week was all about showing improvement from week one. Let’s take a look at the answers to the 5 burning questions that I asked on before the game to see who improved and who didn’t. 1. How will the quarterbacks look?…

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Can the 49ers show improvement against Chargers? 5 burning questions for preseason week 2

After dropping their first preseason game of 2021, the 49ers will be in Los Angeles on Sunday evening to take on the Chargers at SoFi Stadium. While there were some exciting moments, there were also a number of breakdowns in execution that need to be cleaned up prior to the start of the regular season. Here are five areas to keep an eye on during the game to see if…

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Why the 49ers belief in Garoppolo isn’t just a smoke screen

It is starting to look like all of the talk from the 49ers regarding their plans for veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hasn’t been just a smoke screen after all. After San Francisco drafted Trey Lance with the third pick in the draft, it was easy to question how sincere the organization was when it said it planned for Garoppolo to continue as the starter with his current contract in place….

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Observations from day 15 of 49ers training camp; Garoppolo goes deep

Here is what stood out during the 49ers 15th practice of training camp: Quarterback play: As has been the case throughout training camp, Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance had very similar practices. Garoppolo completed 13 of his 19 pass attempts, wrapping up his day on a high note with a deep touchdown throw to Brandon Aiyuk to finish a 70-yard drive. On a play that looked like a carbon copy…

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Trey Lance should be given snaps with 49ers starters

On Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, Trey Lance made his NFL debut which also happened to be only his second football game since 2019. If there was any rust for Lance to knock off, it didn’t show. The rookie put his first NFL throw right between Brandon Aiyuk’s numbers but the receiver dropped it. Undeterred, Lance would make an even more impressive throw on his next attempt, hitting…

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Rookie report card; Lenoir makes most of opportunity

The 49ers come away from the 2021 draft with their quarterback for the future, and a new identity. While most of the NFC West spent their picks on speed, the 49ers went with a combination of power and speed throughout. Everything points to this team being extremely physical for years to come. This draft has the potential to set the 49ers up for years to come, much like the 1986…

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5 burning questions answered; Trey Lance splashes in 49ers debut

The 49ers opened their 2021 preseason with a 19-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday night at Levi’s Stadium. Let’s take a look at the answers to the 5 burning questions that I asked on Saturday morning. 1. How will the revamped offensive line perform? Needs work. So much for getting a chance to see the changes to this unit. Alex Mack and Trent Williams were held out….

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5 burning questions for 49ers’ preseason week 1

The 49ers kick off their 2021 preseason slate on Saturday night when the Kansas City Chiefs visit Santa Clara. Here are five burning questions to keep an eye on throughout the game:  1. How will the revamped offensive line perform? The 49ers invested heavily in their offensive line during the offseason. After struggling throughout 2020 with inconsistency in the middle, San Francisco made the move to add Alex Mack during…

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49ers general manager: Trey Lance is “pushing” Jimmy Garoppolo

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch joined the Murph and Mac show on KNBR this morning and was asked if there is an open competition taking place at the quarterback position or will it be Jimmy Garoppolo starting week 1 at Detroit. “That’s up to Kyle. That’s up to our head coach,” Lynch responded. “He makes the decisions on who’s playing and whatnot. But I think it’s Jimmy’s right…

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Observations from day 13 of 49ers training camp

After having their longest practice of training camp yesterday, the 49ers began preparations for their preseason opener with a short practice on Thursday. Here is what stood out during the 49ers thirteenth practice of training camp. Quarterback play: After having a rough practice yesterday, Jimmy Garoppolo bounced back today with a strong performance completing 13 of his 18 pass attempts and one touchdown. The highlight of the day for Garoppolo…

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