Trey Lance: Top 4 takeaways from 49ers QB’s first NFL action vs. Chiefs

Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Trey Lance, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers
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No. 2: Trey Lance still makes risky throws

Another part of the Trey Lance collegiate allure is the fact he threw zero interceptions during his impressive 2019 campaign.

Although many an analyst who observed all 318 of his college pass attempts at North Dakota State pointed out how a good number of them were of the high-risk variety and should have been picked off.

The same could have been said of Lance’s Saturday night performance, too, particularly on this play late in the second quarter.

Granted, a 3rd-and-15 situation isn’t great to be in. But Lance was guilty of staring down wide receiver Jauan Jennings, who appeared to be wide open 10 yards from the line of scrimmage. Lance had a clean pocket this time but failed to see an uncovered receiver to his right, instead electing to force a pass in Jennings’ direction.

Chiefs cornerback Rashad Fenton converged on the quick pass and nearly picked it off, only getting a pass breakup after the ball bounced off his hands at the catch point.

The risky throw could have been avoided if Lance had glanced over to his right. While neither play likely would have resulted in a first down, going right certainly would have avoided a near turnover.

Again, something that’ll hopefully improve with time.