49ers news: 3 things Trey Lance must improve after NFL debut

Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The 49ers saw the promise from Trey Lance during his Week 5 NFL starter’s debut, but there are still some notable areas for improvement.

Week 5 was a case study in both the positives and negatives surrounding San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Trey Lance.

The Niners ultimately lost Lance’s debut as an NFL starter, falling to the Arizona Cardinals 17-10 in what was much lower a scoring effort than anyone likely predicted. And while Lance was far from perfect, showing many of the signs that remind fans and analysts alike why he’s an inexperienced first-year pro, the outing was far from being as disastrous as many of the other high-profile rookie quarterbacks’ starting debuts this season.

Reason for hope, yes. And certainly, enough ammunition to suggest Lance is capable of taking over the starting job from the veteran, Jimmy Garoppolo.

Lance’s final line from the game was 15-of-29 passing for 192 yards, zero passing touchdowns against an interception with a 58.4 passer rating. The No. 3 overall draft pick also rushed 16 times for 89 yards and came inches away from recording what would have been his second rushing touchdown of the year.

Instead, Arizona stuffed him at the goal line. Had he reached for the pylon with the ball or looked to go over the top, it might have been a different story.

Nevertheless, that’s something Lance will look to improve upon, and there are plenty of other elements to his game in Week 5 that’ll be marked for improvement, too.

Here are three specific areas where Lance should showcase some not-hard-to-do improvement.