The San Francisco 49ers traded up to draft North Dakota State Bison quarterback Trey Lance third overall this spring but are expected to keep the rookie behind veteran Jimmy Garoppolo on the depth chart through and beyond Week 1 of the regular season.
Per Jackson Roberts of Fargo television station KVRR, Lance recently suggested he couldn't ask for a better mentor than Jimmy G.
"Yeah, it’s been awesome," Lance said of working out with Garoppolo this summer. "He’s a great guy. I mean, one of the best people I’ve been around and I’ve been fortunate to be around some, I think, really really great people, guys that are going to play today and guys still in that locker room right now. Jimmy is just like it and that organization is the same exact way. So I just feel very blessed and fortunate to be where I am and be able to be a part of something like this. I’ve heard from other guys’ experiences and how we handled OTAs and things like that, our coaching staff and everyone that runs that organization does it at a really high level."
Shortly after the draft, 49ers CEO Jed York explained that Lance could remain Garoppolo's backup for multiple seasons if the current QB1 plays well enough to keep the first-year pro a spectator past this fall. As things stand today, there appears to be no rush to insert Lance into the lineup.