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49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo gets brutally honest on Trey Lance relationship

Jun
22
6/22/2021 4:32:35 PM
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In the days after the San Francisco 49ers traded up to No. 3 in the NFL draft and made it clear they intended to use that pick on a quarterback, incumbent starter Jimmy Garoppolo did what any normal human would do: he let his mind wander, Nick Wagoner of ESPN reports.

"There's a million emotions that go on throughout your head and you think of all the possible scenarios and things like that," Garoppolo said last month. "But at the end of the day, I want to play football. I want to go out there and win games. That's what I do. ... It took a little while to process everything but once I did, it was just go out there and ball. You have just got to attack it. The NFL is a crazy business."

If the trade and subsequent selection of North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance wasn't wild enough, the attention paid to the Niners' potential quarterback battle is only starting to ramp up.

When the Niners ended their offseason program on June 9, Garoppolo remained atop the depth chart with Lance in the second spot and backups Josh Rosen and Nate Sudfeld jockeying for position and reps. At some point, Lance is expected to surpass Garoppolo but when that will happen is hard to predict.

Garoppolo has been with the 49ers since 2017, but this is only his second full healthy offseason program, and it's it's clear he doesn't intend to roll over and allow Lance to unseat him without a fight.

In fact, Garoppolo is doing his best to ignore the potential for a looming quarterback controversy. He's focusing on things he needs to do, not least of which is finding a way to stay healthy after missing 23 games over the past three seasons.

"If you start thinking about all those things, especially as a quarterback, you're going to be in some trouble," Garoppolo said. "I have got enough things to worry about, just with the offense and things like that, trying to improve things here and there."

As for the bond between the rookie and veteran, it's so far so good, though the real test won't come until the heat turns up later this summer.

"The relationship between me and Trey, I think will just happen naturally," Garoppolo said. "It's not something that you want to force too much. You don't want to make it fake. It's just things will happen and that stuff takes time. But I think it's just one of those situations where you don't want to go out of your normalcy and do something that's not you. So, I just let things happen and take it from there."

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