What was the 49ers’ deciding factor in naming Trey Lance third-string QB?

Aug 24, 2023, 1:20 PM | Updated: Aug 25, 2023, 9:32 am

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 2: Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes during the game agains...

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NBC Sports Bay Area’s San Francisco 49ers beat writer Jennifer Lee Chan joined Whitey & Watkins on Thursday to discuss the team’s decision to name Sam Darnold as backup to starting quarterback Brock Purdy, dive into what the future could hold for Trey Lance, and much more.

Plus: Now that the backup quarterback battle is over, what other battles should 49ers fans keep an eye on during Friday’s preseason finale against Los Angeles?

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Topics Discussed

  • Was the 49ers’ move to name Sam Darnold the backup quarterback a surprise?
  • “It’s just a tough break for Trey Lance.”
  • What drove San Francisco to draft Lance with the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft?
  • “He just hasn’t had any reps… Still a talented guy that hasn’t reached his potential because he hasn’t had a chance yet.”
  • Are the 49ers waiting to see how Lance responds to the demotion before deciding on keeping the QB or seeking a trade?
  • Which group does Jennifer have her eyes on for Friday’s preseason finale?
  • “Whoever steps up in those wide receiver roles, that’s going to be interesting to watch.”
  • Did Darnold win the backup job during the 49ers’ preseason game in Las Vegas?

Reports surfaced Wednesday that the San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has named quarterback Sam Darnold as the team’s backup QB. The move means that fellow QB Trey Lance is on the fringes of the roster, with the team expected to explore options for the former third-overall pick.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero were first with the news, with local news outlets confirming the report thereafter.

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