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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Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers
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49ers are watching Trey Lance’s arm beating Jimmy Garoppolo’s arm

Of course, the ability to deliver balls accurately and timely from within the pocket, or at least when scrambled out of it, are the inherent piece to being an effective quarterback. Especially when longevity is factored into the equation.

Sure, it’s primarily been against second-string defenses. But Trey Lance’s arm strength has also been on full display, including this notable 50-yard touchdown pass on the move and against his body that went for a touchdown:


Yes, that’s just one throw. And even the worst quarterbacks on a roster could make those kinds of tosses once in a while.

Judging from multiple camp reports, however, Lance isn’t having issues with the deep ball — an area where Jimmy Garoppolo has historically struggled.

In fact, Lance’s long completion in the above video probably prompted Garoppolo to stay behind that day in practice and work on his own long throws:

Garoppolo is known for living off his short- and intermediate-area throws, and those are certainly an important part of the game. But as was seen in his overthrow in Super Bowl LIV, Garoppolo not being able to regularly hit deep receivers in stride holds back a crucial element of Shanahan’s offense.

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A timely ability to go deep and stretch the field.

Last year, per Next Gen Stats, Garoppolo had an intended-air-yards metric of 6.2, second lowest among NFL qualifiers.

So far in camp, Lance is showing a greater command of doing this.