Rookie quarterback Trey Lance will make his first begin for the San Francisco 49ers after Jimmy Garoppolo was dominated out of this week’s sport with a calf damage.
Garoppolo damage his calf within the first half of final week’s 28-21 loss to Seattle and left the sport at halftime. The Niners had been hopeful he might return this week however Garoppolo by no means felt wholesome sufficient to observe, setting the stage for Lance to begin Sunday at Arizona.
“I really feel very ready,” Lance mentioned Friday. “I actually do. It is a credit score to the teaching workers and the fellows round me. These guys made me really feel actually assured this week and I really feel assured in myself.”
Coach Kyle Shanahan mentioned Garoppolo would have performed if he was wholesome and can regain his beginning position as quickly as he’s recovered.
The Niners invested closely in Lance this offseason, buying and selling three first-round picks to take him third general within the draft to be quarterback of the long run.
San Francisco needed to be affected person with Lance, who had just one season as a starter in school at lower-level North Dakota State. Lance performed simply seven snaps in a situational position the primary three weeks earlier than taking part in the whole second half in final week’s 28-14 loss to Seattle.
Now he will get his first likelihood to begin when he’ll attempt to develop into the primary Niners rookie quarterback to win his first begin since Jim Druckenmiller gained his solely profession begin in 1997.
“I’m excited to see him play,” Shanahan mentioned. “I do know he’s acquired the flexibility to do a variety of issues. Nevertheless it’s going to be the primary time on the market for the entire sport. I’m simply pumped to see him play, however I don’t go into it anticipating something. You attempt to put together a man nearly as good as you’ll be able to from our standpoint. I do know he’s carried out his half in getting ready. Then when Sunday comes, that’s often the spot the place you get to have enjoyable and simply lower it free and you reside with the outcomes.”
Lance’s outcomes had been up and down in his intensive motion final week. He struggled along with his accuracy at instances, however took benefit of a blown protection to attach on a 76-yard TD move to Deebo Samuel and led a late TD drive capped by one other landing move to Samuel.
He completed 9 for 18 for 157 yards, two touchdowns, a 2-point conversion run and 41 yards speeding.
Lance may very well be with out star tight finish George Kittle, who’s listed as uncertain this week along with his personal calf damage. Kittle performed by means of the damage final week, however did not really feel adequate to observe in any respect this week, leaving his standing for Sunday doubtful.
NOTES: QB Nate Sudfeld can be referred to as up from the observe squad to function Lance’s backup Sunday. … CB Ok’Waun Williams (calf) was additionally dominated out for a second straight sport. … DL Samson Ebukam (hamstring) and DT Javon Kinlaw (knee) are questionable.