October 24, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes the football against the Indianapolis Colts during the third quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers stick with Jimmy Garoppolo at QB

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan erased any doubts about the identity of his starting quarterback moving forward, stating Monday that Jimmy Garoppolo would retain the role.

Backup quarterback Trey Lance is expected to return to practice this week after being sidelined due to a left knee sprain, and Garoppolo is coming off what Shanahan called “his worst game” of the year on Sunday in a 30-18 loss to the visiting Indianapolis Colts.

Even so, Shanahan will go with the veteran Garoppolo and not the rookie Lance when the 49ers (2-4) visit the Chicago Bears (3-4) on Sunday.

“We didn’t go into that (Indianapolis) game thinking that Jimmy was one bad game away from losing his job or anything like that,” Shanahan said Monday. “Jimmy didn’t play as good as he could, which he knows that and I know that. I think there were some pretty hard circumstances for him — for both quarterbacks, considering some of the weather. But I definitely thought he could play better.”

While Shanahan appeared to leave the door open for a change in starters postgame Sunday night, he clarified his position the next day.

“In terms of deciding who’s going at quarterback, that has to do with Jimmy’s health,” Shanahan said Monday. “I wanted to see how his calf was, and it’s good today. So he’ll be starting, and hopefully Trey will get back into practice and have a good enough week to where he can dress, and if he ends up dressing, there’s always a good chance he’ll get some plays in there.

“Trey hasn’t practiced in two weeks, so when he does come back, he’ll probably be limited as it is. Odds are when it comes to the game plan, you’re not going to start rotating quarterbacks, because it’s not an open competition right now.”

Garoppolo, 29, has a 2-3 mark as a starter this season, lowering his career record to 26-11. He has completed 64.8 percent of his passes in 2021 for 1,106 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. In an eight-year career with the New England Patriots (2014-16) and San Francisco, Garoppolo has a 67.1 percent completion rate, 9,148 yards, 57 TD passes and 30 interceptions.

Lance, 21, lost the lone start of his rookie campaign, on Oct. 10 at Arizona when Garoppolo had a calf ailment. Lance has connected on 52.1 percent of his passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a pass during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Garoppolo on track to start for 49ers, Trey Lance unlikely

The San Francisco 49ers are expecting to have Jimmy Garoppolo behind center when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night.

Garoppolo was a limited practice participant on Wednesday as he recovers from a calf injury that caused him to miss the Week 5 loss to the Arizona Cardinals prior to the team’s bye week.

“During the bye week, we made great strides,” Garoppolo said Wednesday of the calf. “It will get better every day. Right now, it feels great.”

Rookie Trey Lance served as starting quarterback against the Cardinals but sprained his left knee. He didn’t practice Wednesday and coach Kyle Shanahan didn’t sound encouraged about having his services.

“It’s the same diagnosis and we were hoping (Lance) could go this week. Doesn’t look like it,” Shanahan told reporters. “He might have a chance at the end of the week but I’d be surprised if he’s not ready to go next week.”

As for having Garoppolo on Sunday, Shanahan said, “I know he’s limited (but) we’ve got to make sure he can do everything. … I’m pretty optimistic about it.”

Nate Sudfeld will be prepared as the backup for Sunday’s game.

Garoppolo has passed for 925 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in four games this season. Lance also has seen action in four games and has passed for 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while also rushing for 133 yards and one score.

Left tackle Trent Williams (elbow, ankle) and defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw (knee) also didn’t practice on Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

August 14, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) passes the football against Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Michael Danna (51) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Bets piling up on 49ers QB Trey Lance for NFL MVP

Trey Lance is the No. 2 quarterback on the San Francisco 49ers’ roster entering the weekend. BetMGM clearly expects his standing to change and recently trimmed his MVP odds by more than half.

Lance opened at +30000 at BetMGM and started the week at +12500. For reference, that’s the same zip code Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald resides at the moment. Donald is +12500, down from +20000.

BetMGM said one large bet landed on Donald when his odds were +20000. That $500 wager would net a winning ticket of $100,000.

Lance currently sits as one of the largest financial liabilities the book has in the NFL futures market. Two other quarterbacks — Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers and Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns — are the other large liabilities for BetMGM.

The 49ers selected Lance third overall in the 2021 NFL Draft but head coach Kyle Shanahan has insisted Jimmy Garoppolo will start for San Francisco. Garoppolo is +10000 to win MVP at BetMGM.

Lance has even better odds to win MVP at other books. For example, he’s +7500 at FanDuel, even with Garoppolo.

Mayfield opened at +4000 and is now +3500.

As of Tuesday, bets on Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen to win MVP totaled 10.4 percent of all 2021 MVP bets at BetMGM. Herbert was the next-highest handle in the NFL MVP market at nine percent. Allen is even with Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at +1400.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes remains the unanimous favorite at U.S. sportsbooks. At BetMGM, he’s +600 and 8.5 percent of bets placed at BetMGM on MVP candidates are on the Kansas City star.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the second favorite at +1100.

–Field Level Media

May 25, 2021; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) during Organized Team Activities at San Francisco 49ers Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

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

Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, OH, USA; North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance appears on the Red Carpet  at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame before the first round of the 2021 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Cleveland.  Mandatory Credit: David Dermer/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

49ers knew Trey Lance was the guy in January

Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch celebrated a decision kept under wraps for more than three months: bringing quarterback Trey Lance to San Francisco.

“You know how it is when you meet someone who kind of has ‘it,’” Lynch said in a joint interview with Shanahan on ESPN late Thursday. “From the first experience we had with him via Zoom to the pro day where we got to go be around him a little bit, it just got better and better.

“I’ll never forget the night Kyle called me up on a Sunday night about 9 o’clock and said, ‘I’m getting kind of obsessed with this guy. You’ve got to watch him.”

Lance was chosen third in the 2021 NFL Draft, following fellow quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence (Jaguars) and Zach Wilson (Jets) off the board.

Shanahan said he knew Lance would be the guy in January. He didn’t know if the 49ers would be able to get him holding the No. 12 pick.

By the time Lynch caught up with film study, they were in lockstep on which quarterback fit the 49ers best. The GM made a trade with the Miami Dolphins to acquire the No. 3 pick in March with eyes firmly locked on Lance.

But Lynch and Shanahan didn’t even share their preference with scouts and assistant coaches. They wanted all evaluations to be independent of any influence of knowing the bosses wanted the small-school product.

And as pundits pointed in other directions, namely at Alabama’s Mac Jones and Ohio State’s Justin Fields, it was the North Dakota State quarterback with limited game reps the 49ers felt was the only option.

“All of that stuff is a concern,” Shanahan said. “The people who are the best in the world at (drafting) are still taking their best guess.”

Shanahan said the Lance pick isn’t an exact science and no pick can be. However, he said the team was very thorough in watching film of Lance, which helped override any worry about the number of games and reps he had in college.

Lance went 17-0 in college — the same number of starts Jones had with the Crimson Tide — but his 318 college pass attempts are the lowest total for a first-round pick in the last 40 years.

He’ll enter the offseason program as a backup to Jimmy Garoppolo.

Lynch said when Lance “is ready, he’s ready” but deferred to Shanahan and the coaching staff on the pecking order at quarterback.

“With Jimmy, if he’s healthy, he’s working his butt off. It’s going to be very hard to come in and beat Jimmy out,” Shanahan said. “Jimmy’s our quarterback right now. The day it looks like Trey can compete with him and he’s ready to go, we’ll see that and we won’t hesitate. We have a very good backup now, he comes in at No. 2.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 11, 2020; Frisco, Texas, USA; North Dakota State Bison quarterback Trey Lance (5) celebrates winning the game against the James Madison Dukes at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Trey Lance now favored to go to 49ers at No. 3

Trey Lance has taken over as the betting favorite to be selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the third overall pick shortly before the start of the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday.

The North Dakota State quarterback is now the -140 favorite at BetMGM and -150 favorite at DraftKings and PointsBet ahead of Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (+125, +150, +125).

It marks a dramatic shift from Monday, when Jones was the heavy favorite at -200 favorite ahead of Lance at +150 at DraftKings. Lance was still being offered at +240 to begin Thursday.

However, those odds have swung dramatically with reports indicating the 49ers are now leaning towards taking Lance.

“BetMGM has taken steady action the past 24 hours on Trey Lance to be the third overall pick,” said sports trader Darren Darby. “Lance began the day +240 and is now a -140 betting favorite. The best outcome for the sportsbook is Mac Jones to be the third pick.”

Justin Fields, who opened at +140 at BetMGM to be the third overall pick, is now a +900 longshot.

San Francisco acquired the third pick on March 26. Three days later, Lance was being offered at +175 by DraftKings to be selected by the 49ers.

That put him behind Jones (+150) and slightly ahead of Fields (+200). However, those odds shifted dramatically as buzz picked up steam that San Francisco was strongly considering Fields after attending both of the Ohio State quarterback’s pre-draft workouts.

By April 5, Fields (+150) had pulled close to Jones (+125), with Lance’s odds of landing in the Bay Area lengthening to +250. Those odds moved to +400 by April 15 with San Francisco reportedly whittling its decision down to Jones and Fields.

Another report on Sunday contributed to a massive swing at DraftKings, where Jones became the overwhelming favorite at -200. Lance’s odds also shortened to +150.

Those odds held fairly steady until 24 hours before the draft, when momentum began to swing in Lance’s favor. He is now being backed by 33.3 percent of the handle and 33.6 percent of the bets at BetMGM to be the No. 3 pick.

–Field Level Media

Jan 27, 2021; American quarterback Mac Jones of Alabama (10) throws during American practice at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, USA;  Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Mac Jones favored as Trey Lance to 49ers draws support

The San Francisco 49ers are keeping the NFL draft community abuzz with constantly changing reports about what the team will do with the No. 3 overall pick on Thursday.

With the NFL Network reporting the 49ers are now deciding between quarterbacks Mac Jones and Trey Lance, savvy bettors could stand to take advantage.

San Francisco acquired the third pick on March 26. Three days later, Lance was being offered at +175 by DraftKings to be selected by the 49ers.

That put him behind Jones (+150) and slightly ahead of Justin Fields (+200). However, those odds shifted dramatically as buzz picked up steam that San Francisco was strongly considering Fields after attending both of the Ohio State quarterback’s pre-draft workouts.

By April 5, Fields (+150) had pulled close to Jones (+125), with Lance’s odds of landing in the Bay Area lengthening to +250. Those odds moved to +400 by April 15 with San Francisco reportedly whittling its decision down to Jones and Fields.

Sunday’s report contributed to another massive swing at DraftKings, where Jones is now the overwhelming favorite to be the No. 3 overall pick at -200. However, Lance’s odds have shortened to +150 while Fields is now a +700 long shot.

Jones is the -250 favorite to go to San Francisco at BetMGM, where the former Alabama star opened at +185 to be the third overall pick. Those odds had shortened to -160 by last week.

Lance is second at +190, followed by Fields (+800).

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the overwhelming favorite at all sportsbooks to go No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars. A BetMGM bettor placed a $50,000 wager on Lawrence at -1250 that would pay out $4,000 if he indeed goes with the first pick.

“The sportsbook has adjusted the line on many props due to sharp wagers,” BetMGM sports trader Darren Darby said. “The book has taken significant action on Trevor Lawrence to be the first overall pick.”

Lawrence is now being offered at -10000 by the book, with BYU quarterback Zach Wilson listed at -2500 to be the second pick, currently held by the New York Jets.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch (left) shakes hands with head coach Kyle Shanahan after their win against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

QB3? 49ers set to attend second pro day of Justin Fields, Trey Lance

Oct 18, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman (11) warms up prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

With the third pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, are the San Francisco 49ers locked in on a new quarterback?

Signs point that way as multiple reports indicate the team brass of general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan will be in attendance for the second pro day workouts of prospects Trey Lance (North Dakota State) and Justin Fields (Ohio State).

Fields has his second pro day on Wednesday and Lance is scheduled for his second showing April 19 (Monday), just 11 days before the draft.

Fields is staging another workout in part because the 49ers were in Tuscaloosa, Ala., watching the Crimson Tide draft class that could produce a record number of first-round picks later this month. That includes quarterback Mac Jones.

Interest in the 2021 quarterback class is through the roof and speculation points to the top three or four selections in the draft being spent on QBs, starting with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence at No. 1 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

DraftKings lists Lawrence as a -10000 favorite to be the top pick in the draft.

Lynch was in attendance for BYU quarterback Zach Wilson’s pro day right before the franchise acquired the No. 3 pick in the draft from the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins secured the 49ers’ first-round pick (12th overall) in 2021 as well as first-round picks in 2022 and 2023. They also received a third-round selection in 2022.

That 12th overall pick didn’t stay with the Dolphins for long. Miami sent it, along with the 123rd overall pick and a 2022 first-round selection, to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the Nos. 6 and 156 overall picks in 2021.

The Dolphins initially acquired the third overall pick as part of the trade that sent left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans in September 2019.

While Miami has Tua Tagovailoa as its starter, the trade put the 49ers in play to land one of the top-tier QBs of the draft.

Lawrence is the presumptive No. 1 pick, while the New York Jets traded their own starter, Sam Darnold, and at No. 2 would have a choice from among Wilson, Fields, Lance and Alabama’s Jones.

Drafting a quarterback third overall could create additional draft dominoes considering the 49ers have Jimmy Garoppolo in the fold.

Garoppolo, 29, was acquired in a trade from the New England Patriots in October 2017 and guided the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance following the 2019 season. Garoppolo signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract extension with the 49ers on Feb. 8, 2018, and his cap hit this season is $26.4 million.

–Field Level Media