Goal No. 4: Trey Lance must aim for a Pro Bowl
OK, there are breakdowns out there speculating whether or not Trey Lance could be a dark-horse contender for the 2022 league MVP award.
Maybe too lofty a goal there, but it’d be cool to see regardless.
However, with Pro Bowl games actually taking place again after the one-year hiatus of the pandemic in 2020, the chances of reaching the annual NFL all-star game are certainly doable.
Sure, it’s potentially a watered-down award now (remember, then-Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2018). But Lance would easily prove San Francisco justified in aggressively pursuing him last offseason if he were to somehow earn a Pro Bowl accolade during his first year as a starter.
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Again, so much of that will be driven by stats. The previously noted completion percentage will be important, but Lance’s chances will be defined just as much by his passing yards, touchdowns, passer rating and the always-cited-yet-far-too-overvalued stat of quarterback wins.
Being on the right side of fourth-quarter comebacks, game-winning drives and a few of those highlight-reel plays every fan and Pro Bowl voter loves.
If Lance does enough of those, he could easily be a Pro Bowler as a first-year starter.