Trey Lance to replace Jimmy Garoppolo in preseason opener
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will start the San Francisco 49ers’ preseason opener this weekend and play one series before giving way to heralded rookie Trey Lance against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, would play the remainder of the first half, barring a quick three-and-out on Saturday.
“We’re trying to start our starters for about one series,” Shanahan told KNBR on Thursday. “You hope it’s not a three and out, except on defense. On offense, you hope you can go down and score in six plays or something like that and get those guys out.
“I’m not playing every starter, but there’s some starters I want to keep out for health reasons and things like that. But most of our guys, I plan on playing, and we’ll get them out quickly. Once they’re out, I’m hoping Trey can finish out that first half. We’ll see how many plays he gets and what the situations are.”
Lance is the heir apparent to Garoppolo, who has been deemed the 49ers’ starting quarterback this season by Shanahan.
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 31 games (30 starts) in San Francisco, Garoppolo has completed 67.5 percent (596 of 883) of his passes for 7,352 yards 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 1,100 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