49ers rookie Trey Lance ready to work at rookie camp
SANTA CLARA – The glitz of the draft weekend, when he was selected third by San Francisco and was able to don his 49ers jersey for the first time, is firmly in Trey Lance’s past.
Now it’s all about learning a new offense and making the transition to the NFL after playing just one game last season and making just 17 career starts in the state of North Dakota at the level of the NFL. FCS.
“I think I’ve kind of passed the point where it’s surreal,” Lance said of putting on his jersey for the first practice at the rookie minicamp on Friday. “It’s work now. It was probably cooler the day after draft day and draft day and everything. Right now it’s my job, so I can’t wait to get down to business. “
This weekend’s stages during the three-day rookie minicamp are just the most basic, as the Niners only had 23 players on hand, including eight rookie draft picks, several undrafted free agents, five tryouts and a handful of returning players.
Lance appeared to do comfortable running drills and 7v7 workouts, completing 20 of the 24 passes in these drills, most of the shorter variety. His best assist was a completion in traffic amid test receiver Marqise Lee, who has played 59 career NFL games.
Lance was also intercepted once by fifth-round pick Deommodore Lenoir.
“I’ve been waiting to learn a new playbook for seven, eight months,” Lance said. “So it was a lot of fun to finally get in there.”
Lance only played one game last season because the season in North Dakota state was moved to spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But he showed a strong arm and great mobility in 2019 to make him a better prospect and the Niners grabbed him third in the draft after trading two future first-round picks to move up from No.12.
Lance’s production in 2019 was off the charts as he threw 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns and no interceptions and ran 1,159 yards. Lance threw his only collegiate interception last fall against center Arkansas in a game North Dakota State played in part to give him more visibility on NFL teams.
Lance arrives as a replacement behind Jimmy Garoppolo, who has already reached out to welcome him to the Bay Area as a former winner of the Walter Payton Award, awarded to the FCS’s best player each year.
But the Niners believe he can be the franchise’s quarterback on the road, and the experience he has gained leading a pro-style attack in college will help with that transition.
“I have a lot to learn for sure,” Lance said. “But I also have great people around me, great coaches and obviously great guys in the quarterback. So I can’t wait to learn as much as possible. I’m so grateful for the folks in the state of North Dakota and my coaching staff and for the attack we had because I think it helped me.
Nothing he did in college prepared him for any aspect of Bay Area life. Coach Kyle Shanahan prepared him during Draft Weekend for the sticker shock that will come when he starts looking for a place to live.
Lance should be able to afford that once he signs his contract, which will be worth $ 34.1 million over four years with a signing bonus of $ 22.1 million.
“I really appreciated the warning,” Lance said. “I knew it would be a little crazy, but it definitely helped put myself in my head a bit. Super excited to learn more about the area. “