No. 2 thing Trey Lance needs to show: Overcoming 49ers offensive line
If there’s one spot on the 49ers offseason roster that’s garnering a lot of concern, it’s the offensive line.
Losing Pro Bowl linemen Laken Tomlinson and Alex Mack to free agency and retirement, respectively, hurts. And the Niners better hope their respective presumed replacements, Aaron Banks and Jake Brendel, are equal to the task of being able to start.
This isn’t necessarily the best of contexts for Trey Lance, as he’ll first have to generate some much-needed chemistry on the snap with Brendel, then he’ll have to make sure the interior of the line is adequately guarded after he drops back.
It’s a hand-in-glove scenario, too. Equally important as Lance understanding how his O-line is working is this particular unit knowing the quarterback’s tendencies and traits.
True, Lance’s mobility and rushing prowess should afford him the opportunity to evade pressure much more than the quarterback he’s poised to replace, Jimmy Garoppolo. Yet this can cut both ways, as mobile quarterbacks often find themselves running into sacks just as much as immobile quarterbacks look to avoid them.
Lance and his O-line better develop solid chemistry this training camp.