Quarterback Trey Lance barely saw the field as a rookie. But the San Francisco 49ers star tight end likes what he see in the young signal-caller.
For the second time in three years, the San Francisco 49ers reached the NFC title game. In 2019, the club upended the Green Bay Packers and went to Super Bowl LIV. This past season, Kyle Shanahan’s club couldn’t hold off a second-half rally by the rival Los Angeles Rams.
This offseason, the club has added some pieces but lost some quality players in free agency. And while the most recent storyline regarding the club surrounds the future of All-Pro wide receiver Deebo Samuel, there’s also that matter of who will be the team’s starting quarterback in 2022.
Jimmy Garoppolo is currently on the mend after shoulder surgery. Meanwhile, it bears a reminder of how the Niners gave up plenty to move up to the third spot in last year’s draft to select North Dakota State’s Trey Lance. He made an appearance in six games this past season and made two starts.
He connected on 57.7 percent of his throws for 603 yards, five touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. He was sacked four times and did not fumble. The young prospect rushed for 168 yards and one score on 38 attempts. And one of his teammates recently had some praise for Lance.
George Kittle heaps praise on Trey Lance, which should get 49ers fans excited
“He reminds me most of Josh Allen,” explained three-time Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle (via Kevin Patra of NFL.com). “And Josh Allen is an established quarterback. Trey has to prove that and do it on the football field, but I think he can move the chains, whether his feet, he’s a big body, he can take hits.
“He wants to make plays. He’s got a cannon of an arm. It’s crazy. I mean, he can roll out to the right on the sideline and throw it diagonal like 50 yards on a line, you’re like, ‘OK yeah.’ There’s not a lot of people that can do that stuff. And, so, like I said, he’s got an insane ceiling. That’s what I’m so excited about.”
High praise indeed. Lance didn’t see a great deal of action in college. But the 49ers thought enough of him to part with first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 and a third-round selection as well. And obviously, Kittle likes what he sees as well.