Trey Lance Gets the Nod to Start vs Houston Texans; Jimmy Garoppolo Is Doubtful With Injury

Published 01/02/2022, 4:00 AM EST
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| Courtesy: Reuters


San Francisco 49ers QB1 Jimmy Garoppolo will be an injury doubt for Sunday’s contest against the Houston Texans. By sitting out during Friday’s training session, Garoppolo was missing drills consecutively for a fourth straight day. Coach Kyle Shanahan now will be depending upon rookie QB Trey Lance for conducting their offense against the Texans.

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The rookie was part of all their training session drills in place of Garoppolo. Coach Shanahan while speaking about Lance says, “I’m not ready to announce that. Jimmy is not out, so I’m holding out hope. He’s got a chance this week, so he’ll have a better chance next week.

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Usually, when an NFL player gets injured, they usually are rested for the next week’s set of fixtures. But Coach Shanahan seems to be very against the idea of allowing rest and recovery for Garoppolo. For Lance, it will mark only his second NFL start, and the gesture of allowing him to talk to media only confirms the theory.

Jimmy Garoppolo Loss is Trey Lance’s Pleasure

While speaking to the media, Lance excitedly conveys, “Practicing with the first team this week, I don’t know if Jimmy is going to be able to go on Sunday, but for me to be able to get those reps, I think, was huge. Whether I can go on Sunday or not, I think I gained a lot from it.

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His last appearance came on the 10th of October resulting in a 17-10 loss against the Arizona Cardinals. He completed 15 of his 29 passes for 192 yards, garnering only one interception. He ended the game with a passer rating of 58.4 while having four of his passes tipped. It was the performance of a work-in-progress player who showed glimpses of quality potential.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 29: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 and Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers talk to each other on the sidelines before their preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Levi’s Stadium on August 29, 2021 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Trey Lance also ended up suffering a sprained left knee in the game, which killed any momentum. It meant he was away and distant from getting important progressive reps for improving his game. He also credits both Jimmy and senior player Nate Sudfeld in aiding his growth as an NFL player.

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If training ground chatter is something to be heeded by, the 2021 prospect is on track to be the future face of the 49ers franchise. The question for both Coach Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo will be when rather than if in regards to Trey Lance’s welcome-to-the-league moment.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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