San Francisco 49ers’ Rookie QB Trey Lance Looks Forward to Learning From Jimmy Garoppolo

Published 05/14/2021, 10:01 PM EDT
May 14, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) works on passing drills during the first day of rookie minicamp at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports


The San Francisco 49ers shocked everyone by trading up to the #3 spot in the 2021 NFL Draft. Having drafted quarterback Trey Lance with the pick, the franchise looks to have found their replacement for current starter Jimmy Garoppolo.

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But Garoppolo isn’t going anywhere just yet. The franchise has maintained that the former New England Patriots QB will be their starter come Week 1 of the upcoming season.

This will give Trey Lance ample time to get used to his new team and the playbook. Something that he has already started working on in the offseason.

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Garoppolo there to guide Trey Lance   

Not long ago, in February 2020, Jimmy Garoppolo was playing a Super Bowl with the 49ers. But in the span of a season, things have changed. 

Garoppolo’s durability and decision-making skill have raised some eyebrows over the past few years. And with the 49ers still in their winning window, the franchise is looking to make the most of it with Lance as their QB.

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
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Speaking to the media after attending the first day of rookie minicamp, Trey Lance talked about his interaction with Garoppolo and the rest of the 49ers QB room so far. 

“Yeah I got to meet him over the last couple of days, which was awesome — him and the rest of the quarterbacks in the room,” Lance said.

“They’re awesome — just awesome personalities, awesome guys to hang around, and, obviously, great football players,” he added.

Diving deeper into his relationship with Garoppolo, the rookie QB said that he can see similarities between him and Garoppolo.

“Jimmy actually sent that in his first text to me, that it’s going to be awesome to have another FCS guy in the room. So he’s another guy that’s obviously been in a similar position to me, having been where I am.”

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While Garoppolo might now be a wantaway star, the QB’s knowledge of the game is something Lance will look to tap into.

“So just looking forward to learning as much as I can from him and all the other guys in the room,” he added.

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With Garoppolo almost certain to start as the starting QB in Week 1, when do you think Lance will get his first game for the 49ers? 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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