49ers vs. Chargers: 3 things Trey Lance must do in preseason bout

Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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49ers quarterback Trey Lance is likely to see a lot of field time against the Chargers this weekend, and these items should be on the rookie’s to-do list.

San Francisco 49ers fans will get another dose of evidence supporting whether or not rookie quarterback Trey Lance is ready to take over the reins as the team’s primary signal-caller right away in 2021.

This, when the Niners face off against the Los Angeles Chargers in both teams’ second preseason bout leading up to the regular season.

Lance’s inaugural debut at the NFL level last week against the Kansas City Chiefs had its up-and-down moments. It’s easy to talk about the rookie’s 80-yard touchdown bomb to wide receiver Trent Sherfield, and there were plenty of other impressive plays, too.

At the same time, though, Lance showed signs why he’s still a rookie, and a relatively unpolished one with just a single full season as a collegiate starter at that.

Preseason games suggest only so much about how effective a quarterback can be at the pro level. Head coach Kyle Shanahan already curtailed Lance’s potential as a runner versus Kansas City, and there’s a good chance Lance will be prohibited from using his legs all that much against the Bolts, too.

Even if Shanahan opens up the playbook a little bit, possibly letting Lance run more freely, there are still some other things the first-year quarterback should look to achieve in his second NFL outing.

Including these three items, which will be crucial for his development.