Eyes are all on quarterback Trey Lance as he takes over as the starter for the 49ers, and so far, he has not disappointed in offseason camps.
The top storyline that will be following the San Francisco 49ers all preseason is how will quarterback Trey Lance fare as the team hands over the keys to the franchise to the young signal-caller.
We naturally can’t draw any concrete conclusions in organized team activities or minicamps, or even training camp proper, because there’s nothing that quite replaces the actual feeling of getting back on the turf in real-life game situations.
But nevertheless, we can see signs of things to come on the practice field, and the initial returns coming from Lance have been exceptionally promising and should be exciting to all 49ers fans.
After dominating in OTAs as he should (with no pads and minimal pressure from defensive linemen, quarterbacks should not be struggling), the real question was how Lance would fare in his first minicamp practice with more pressure on him.
As Grant Cohn from Sports Illustrated has noted (he may be controversial, but he does have the most informative take from the preseason), Lance has not lost a step to start the minicamp:
"Completed 14 of 18 passes during team drills (78 percent), with two drops. He also threw four touchdown passes in the red zone and one interception, although the pick was a good throw that bounced off the chest of Brandon Aiyuk (more on him below). In addition, Lance was 3 for 3 on third down and converted all of them with his arm, not his legs. His only bad throw of the day was a deep throw to Ray Ray McCloud that fluttered, wobbled and sliced away from the intended target. Lance has yet to complete a deep throw in front of the media this offseason. Otherwise, he has been close to flawless."
It’s very promising that Lance has continued from where he left off. Everyone knows he can zip the ball with his terrific arm power, but it was the non-physical side that had people questioning his fit in the NFL.
However, his control of the offense and his development in not relying on his scrambling when plays break down show the sort of jump that fans have been looking for in his second season.
We still need to see how Lance looks on the field before we can make any definitive judgments, but all the signs for Lance have been excellent and should have fans very excited this preseason.