The NFC West squad claimed the Miami Dolphins’ third overall pick in exchange for their first-round picks in 2022 and 2023, plus another third-round pick in 2022.
It remains to be seen whether the Dolphins will put those picks to good use.
Likewise, the jury is still out on Lance after a largely uneventful rookie season.
Lance was Jimmy Garoppolo‘s backup and appeared in only six games.
He ended up starting two games to mixed results.
His best performance was a 249-yard, two-touchdown game wherein he completed 69.6 percent of his passes.
However, those numbers were against the lowly Houston Texans.
But even if Lance didn’t see much action in 2021, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is confident that the Minnesota native is “ready to go,” as shared by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter.
— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) March 29, 2022
Shanahan can say all he wants but his claims can’t be proven until Lance will become their undisputed starter.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case yet because Garoppolo is still with the team.
The demand for the veteran quarterback is seeming drying up since most squads have filled up their vacancies at the position.
The surgery on his throwing shoulder did not help Garoppolo’s trade value.
Can Shanahan Win With Lance?
The 49ers won the Houston game that Lance started.
But once they face better teams, especially in their division, will the sophomore player perform at the same level?
San Francisco will have a quarterback situation on their hands if they can’t trade Garoppolo.
When that happens, will Shanahan go for the quarterback that gives him the best chance of winning?
Or will he start the younger and more versatile play-caller?
If Shanahan’s statement is correct, then Lance should make the 49ers a better team.