49ers training camp: How Trey Lance is outperforming Jimmy Garoppolo

Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Jimmy Garoppolo, Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Trey Lance (5) and Jimmy Garoppolo (10) Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports /

49ers training camp has featured plenty of battles, but the one between Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance seems to be edging in the latter’s favor.

Rookie Trey Lance has been the better of the two quarterbacks competing for the San Francisco 49ers‘ No. 1 signal-caller heading into 2021.

Yes, it might be a bit unfortunate for the veteran, Jimmy Garoppolo, who has effectively done nothing wrong to lose his starting job.

Except not having anywhere close to the kind of skill set and abilities compared to his first-year counterpart, the player the Niners are envisioning to eventually take over for Garoppolo at some point in the uncertain future.

Lance has lighted up the vast majority of his training camp practices thus far. And while not every one of them has been perfect, including ending last Friday’s session with four consecutive incompletions and some handoff gaffes on exchanges, the hype surrounding Lance seems to be fully justified.

True, the overwhelming bulk of Lance’s work has been with the second-string unit, and it’ll be an entirely new challenge when Lance is up against a first-team defense, let alone having to face down starting-caliber opponents once the preseason rolls around. Garoppolo has the experience edge and full immersion in the offense, too.

By in large, however, Lance has been far more impressive than Garoppolo in training camp.

Here’s why.