Trey Lance wants to get close with Jimmy Garoppolo
Trey Lance (North Dakota State) poses with a jersey after being selected by the San Francisco 49ers as the No. 3 overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

49ers rookie QB Trey Lance wants to get close with Jimmy Garoppolo

Trey Lance has much to learn before taking over as the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback, and the North Dakota St. product is ready to learn from veteran signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo.

Lance said during his introductory press conference that he isn't worried about winning the starting job and just wants to build good relationships with Garoppolo and other players in the locker room.

"Honestly, I'm not really worried about it right now," Lance said, via the team website. "Right now. I'm just focused on getting there, learning as much as I possibly can. Getting to know Jimmy and the guys in the room and learning. Getting to know him, becoming close with him and like I said, just learning as much as I can. Then at that point, obviously competing."

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan said it would be hard for Lance to win the starting job in a competition with Garoppolo. However, the franchise wouldn't have traded up for the young QB if it didn't think he would eventually beat out Garoppolo.

Shanahan also said during his post-draft press conference that the 49ers have been "very high" on Lance "since the beginning." San Francisco hopes he pans out after selecting him over Justin Fields and Mac Jones, who were considered among the best QB prospects in the draft. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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