49ers coach Kyle Shanahan: ‘No open competition’ at QB
The San Francisco 49ers spent the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on quarterback Trey Lance, but coach Kyle Shanahan said it’s veteran Jimmy Garoppolo atop the depth chart as training camp opens.
“There’s no open competition, where they’re getting equal reps with the same group,” Shanahan said Tuesday. “Jimmy’s coming in as the 1, Trey as the 2.”
Lance has yet to sign his rookie deal — projected to be four years for $34.1 million – but general manager John Lynch said he expects Lance to sign soon.
In addition to Lance being absent, Garoppolo is getting the nod over Lance as camp begins because of a strong showing in spring workouts and not contract status, Shanahan said.
“I’m just looking at our situation,” he said. “It’s a lot simpler than people make it out to be: Who gives you a better chance to win?”
Lance did receive some work with the first team in spring workouts open to media.
Garoppolo, 29, is 22-8 as the 49ers starter in the regular season but injuries — a torn ACL, a sprained throwing shoulder and two high ankle sprains — have limited the quarterback. Acquired from the New England Patriots on Oct. 31, 2017, for a 2018 second-round draft pick, Garoppolo started just 25 games over the past three seasons as is entering the fourth year of a five-year, $137.5 million contract.
In 2019, when he started all 16 games, the 49ers were 13-3 and reached the Super Bowl, a 31-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
In 31 games (30 starts) in San Francisco, Garoppolo has completed 67.5 percent (596 of 883) of his passes for 7,352 touchdowns with 46 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
Lance brings to the 49ers a resume that includes 19 college games at FCS program North Dakota State. All but three of those games were in 2019, when Lance threw for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns and zero interceptions, while running for 1,110 yards and 14 touchdowns. He led the Bison to a 28-20 win over James Madison in the FCS title game after the 2019 season.
The 49ers finished last season with a 6-10 record and open the 2021 season Sept. 12 at Detroit.
–Field Level Media