SANTA CLARA, Calif. — By means of a barrage of seemingly infinite questions on his quarterback scenario, San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has remained adamant that the plan was to experience with incumbent Jimmy Garoppolo whereas rookie Trey Lance develops.
“We have been taking part in with rookie operating backs because the second play of the primary sport and we have got a rookie quarterback proper now,” Shanahan stated. “Hopefully, Jimmy is healthier, and never as unhealthy as we expect, however Trey is right here for a cause. You need to give him time, you need him to be absolutely prepared, however you do not at all times have that luxurious.”
Garoppolo stated he was set to have an MRI on his proper calf Monday morning. The Niners are additionally involved about left deal with Trent Williams‘ proper shoulder and kicker Robbie Gould‘s proper groin, each of which would require additional testing.
Williams departed the sport within the fourth quarter on a cart and didn’t return. Gould’s groin challenge occurred throughout remaining warmups and he missed the sport as punter Mitch Wishnowsky dealt with kicking and punting duties.
Garoppolo stated he first felt the harm on the sport’s opening sequence. He did not know who it was, however Garoppolo stated it felt like somebody stepped on his proper calf. As the primary half wore on, Garoppolo stated the calf continued to tighten and he may really feel the ache working its method all the way down to his Achilles.
Whereas Garoppolo does not assume it is something as severe as an Achilles tear, he did point out it may price him a while.
“It seems like simply the calf proper now,” Garoppolo stated. “I am hopeful it’ll simply be a few weeks or one thing like that.”
Even whether it is simply a few weeks, that will imply Lance would make his first regular-season NFL begin subsequent week towards the undefeated Arizona Cardinals on the street. Which suggests the Niners must make some adjustments to the sport plan to cater extra to Lance’s talent set and restricted expertise within the full offense.
It will additionally imply the Niners would have time to plan for Lance because the starter, one thing they did not have on Sunday. Garoppolo continued to play by way of the primary half on the injured proper calf, and it wasn’t till a minute or two earlier than the third quarter started that he was dominated out.
That call hit Garoppolo arduous, particularly contemplating his prolonged harm historical past and the presence of the extremely drafted Lance.
“It is simply powerful,” Garoppolo stated. “I have been on this scenario too many occasions and it is getting actual previous.”
Garoppolo completed his day 14-of-23 for 165 yards with a landing however began 6-of-6 for 70 yards and a landing on the primary drive. However Garoppolo stated he may really feel the calf affecting his throws because the half went on. He went 8-of-17 for 95 yards and an interception after the preliminary drive.
Lance’s first regular work with the starters received off to a tough begin with a pair of three-and-outs and a few ugly incompletions. However he hit receiver Deebo Samuel for a 76-yard landing on his third sequence on a go wherein Samuel had 17.6 yards of separation on the time of the catch, probably the most for a receiver on a landing this season, in response to NFL Subsequent Gen Stats.
Lance appeared to settle in a bit from there. Trailing by two scores within the fourth quarter, Lance directed one other scoring drive, hitting Samuel for an additional rating, this time from Eight yards out. He completed 9-of-18 for 157 yards with the 2 scores for a passer ranking of 117.1. He additionally rushed for 41 yards on seven makes an attempt.
He stated he felt like his first prolonged time got here with some good and a few unhealthy.
“Missed some huge ones, missed some simple ones, missed some checkdowns, simply undoubtedly just a few performs that I would like again,” Lance stated. “I am going to return and watch it tonight and I feel I will study loads from that.”
Shanahan provided an identical evaluation of Lance’s efficiency with a watch towards the kind of enchancment that will likely be vital if Garoppolo does not play subsequent week and Lance is certainly wanted for his first begin.
“He received thrown in not anticipating to get in,” Shanahan stated. “I assumed he ran the ball effectively, hit some passes, clearly missed some passes, was in a tricky scenario there once we have been down two scores. He did a great job of transferring the chains a pair occasions together with his legs. However it seemed like a typical first sport.”