San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance put the NFL on notice with his debut performance on Saturday, creating a highlight for the ages in tossing an 80-yard touchdown pass on his second possession of the preseason.
But it wasn’t a perfect performance, not by any means. Lance’s drives led to punts on six occasions, he was sacked four times and he also had a fumble, which he recovered. So what did coach Kyle Shanahan think after he watched game film of his No. 3 overall draft pick?
In no large surprise, the 49ers’ head man was excited to watch the same film alongside Lance so he can coach him up.
“There’s a bunch of stuff that I’m real excited to watch with Trey,” Shanahan said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “It was good to have him out there, but I can’t wait to watch it with him, so we can get his eyes on the right spots and coach him up on everything.”
Shanahan, as always, is eager to do his job and make his QB a better player, and you’ve got to imagine it’s a joy for him to school a talent as bright as Lance. The 49ers coach knows that Saturday was just the beginning.
“We all know that Trey has the ability to play well and to do some special things, being in practice, and you saw a little bit in the game, but that’s not playing quarterback in the NFL,” Shanahan said, again per The Chronicle.
It’s hard to tell who is more excited about Lance’s future in San Francisco — Shanahan or 49ers fans. But everyone knows that Saturday was just the beginning of what figures to be a long NFL journey for the rookie QB, and there’s a lot of work to do before everyone involved tastes the fruit of that labor. Judging by Lance’s performance on Saturday, it’s just a matter of time.