Jimmy Garoppolo Says Camaraderie With Trey Lance Will Develop in Due Time

Published 05/26/2021, 11:09 AM EDT
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates a win against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)


The San Francisco 49ers secured their quarterback for the future. Before the draft, the 49ers traded up for the 3rd overall pick in this year’s draft. Everyone saw the move as a way for them to secure a quarterback using their Top-3 pick.

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This year’s draft class was heralded for the high-quality quarterbacks. And thus, the 49ers selected Trey Lance with their third overall pick. And the current starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo won’t rush a relationship with him.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo spoke recently in an interview. When talking about Trey Lance, he had praise for him and the kind of person he is. Jimmy noted that their relationship is progressing well, as is his relationship with all the other quarterbacks on the roster.

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He noted that Lance brought a good energy to practice, but he didn’t want to go out of his way to do anything, so as to not appear insincere.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 07: George Kittle #85 is congratulated by Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers after Garoppolo threw a touchdown pass to Kittle against the Cleveland Browns at Levi’s Stadium on October 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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“Trey’s real cool. We’ve had a great relationship so far. All the QBs, we’ve got a big QB room right now. It’s a good group of guys. Fun to be around. It’s kind of one of those things.

“I don’t want to do anything out of the ordinary, do something that’s not me. I try to treat it just like I normally would with anybody else. Just go about my business, just be myself. And let the cards fall as they may — or let the chips fall as they may.”

Jimmy Garoppolo not forcing a relationship

Garoppolo added that he isn’t going to force the relationship to develop at an unnatural pace. Rather, he understands that their dynamic will develop as time goes on.

He believes that doing so could make the relationship feel forced and unnatural. Garoppolo noted that right now, things need to develop at their own pace.

“The relationship between me and Trey, I think that’ll just happen naturally. It’s not something that you want to force too much. You don’t want to, I don’t know, make it fake.

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“Things’ll happen, that stuff takes time. I think it’s one of those situations where you don’t want to go out of your normalcy and do something that’s not you. So I just let things happen and take it from there.”

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 19: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after winning the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers beat the Packers 37-20. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Who will be starting quarterback between Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance for the 49ers? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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