Ramification No. 3: Trey Lance development experiences a massive stunt
San Francisco can hopefully navigate the salary-cap challenges, but easily the biggest setback will be the blow Trey Lance receives to his development.
Remember, we’re discussing a quarterback who attempted a mere 318 pass attempts at the collegiate level as a one-year starter at North Dakota State, which was in 2019, before playing just one lone game in 2020 before the pandemic canceled the Bison’s season.
Coupled with Lance having attempted only 102 passes at the pro level, all that chatter about Lance being inexperienced isn’t going away at all.
Lance desperately needed reps as a full-time starter this year, and his rushing prowess (as concerning as it might have been) is one of the reasons why he’s so unique right now as he develops into a better pocket passer.
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Instead of getting those, he’ll be focusing on rehabilitation, which likely cuts into his 2023 offseason program, too.
Another year lost with Lance on his affordable rookie year, another year in which the 49ers can fairly be questioned whether or not the decision to aggressively trade up for and draft him in 2021 will ever be warranted.
There can always be the hope Lance bounces back stronger than ever, yet it’s equally fair to suggest he’s trending towards being one of the bigger draft busts the Niners have had in the wake of this massive setback.