Trey Lance again sees ‘some good, some bad’ in first start for San Francisco 49ers, but QB job still Jimmy Garoppolo’s


GLENDALE, Ariz. — San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Trey Lance gave his first NFL start a strikingly similar review to his performance in the second half of last week’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

“Some good, some bad again,” Lance said.

After getting a full week of working with the starters in practice, Lance entered Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals excited about the opportunity to start.

That was especially true considering it might be the only one he gets for some time, as coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday that Lance wasn’t being anointed the starter and that Jimmy Garoppolo would return to his starting role when he returns from his right calf injury.

Could Lance have done well enough to wrest the job away from Garoppolo? It was unlikely entering the game, but Shanahan made it clear afterward that Lance’s performance against the Cardinals hadn’t forced him to recalibrate his thinking.

“No, nothing has changed,” Shanahan said. “That was just one game. That was a tough loss right there and I’ll talk to our whole team tomorrow and think about how we can get our whole team better coming back from the bye.”

Shanahan also indicated he was optimistic that Garoppolo will be back in time for the Niners’ next game, which isn’t until Oct. 24 against the Indianapolis Colts. That optimism stems from how close Shanahan said Garoppolo was to playing Sunday against the Cardinals.

But Shanahan also acknowledged that calf injuries can be tricky, as San Francisco was reminded again Saturday when it placed tight end George Kittle on injured reserve with his own calf issue.

Without Kittle and facing the undefeated Cardinals, the Niners hoped that Lance could give them a spark. At times, he did just that, putting his ability to create yards when plays break down on display.

Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, led the 49ers with 16 carries for 89 yards, the most by a 49ers quarterback since Colin Kaepernick’s 113 in Week 12 of 2016. In the…

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