Trey Lance Injury Makes it Perfect Time to Fade Him for Offensive Rookie of the Year

Trey Lance's injury makes him hard to trust as an Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate.
Trey Lance's injury makes him hard to trust as an Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate. / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Trey Lance (and Trey Lance bettors) caught a tough break on Monday evening when it was reported that the rookie quarterback suffered a “chip” in his finger that will sideline him for at least a week.

Just when we thought that Kyle Shanahan was going to rotate his quarterbacks, or at least think about rotating them, Lance’s injury makes it much easier for the San Francisco 49ers to just start Jimmy Garoppolo. 

It’s possible that the rookie is ready for Week 1, but why would the 49ers rush him back from a finger injury when they know he wasn’t going to be the starter anyway? As much as I love Lance’s ability, this injury screams that it’s time to fade him. 

WynnBET has Lance at +600 odds to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award this season, which is tied for the third-best odds with Zach Wilson and Najee Harris

Had Lance been able to play early in the season in a rotational role and eventually taken over for Garoppolo, he would have made a solid bet for those that aren’t confident in Wilson, Harris or Trevor Lawrence to take advantage of their starting jobs from the onset of Week 1. 

However, the lack of a starting job on top of his injury makes it much harder to trust Lance. Since 2008, the seven quarterbacks that have earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors have all played in a minimum of 15 games. 

Lance certainly isn’t going to start 15 games unless Garoppolo gets hurt, and he may not get a chance to play right away now that he’s banged up. There are better options to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, and I wouldn’t trust Lance to win the award unless he’s thrust into the starting role sooner than expected.

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