49ers takeaway No. 5: Trey Lance throwing well, showing command of the offense
Quarterback Trey Lance was always viewed as a raw, but a physically talented quarterback of the draft class in 2021. He could throw the ball exceptionally well, but the mental side of his game was under question.
While it’s hard to truly say how much Lance has progressed in terms of his passing, given that these practices have no padding and minimal pressure applied, it’s more encouraging than the alternative.
Imagine if Lance was throwing the ball poorly despite having all the advantages. That would be immediate cause for alarm.
But, no, Lance has looked reassuringly good as the hard to please Grant Cohn pointed out in his own takeaways:
"Completed 9 of 14 passes (64 percent) and one of his passes was dropped by Brandon Aiyuk (more on him below). It’s only practice, but Lance looks better right now than Jimmy Garoppolo ever has looked. Throws better. Moves better. Has a superior understanding of the offense."
It’s a new time in San Francisco, but an exciting one. The first steps are small, admittedly, but they’re nonetheless a positive start to the official Lance era.