The quarterback controversy continues for the San Francisco 49ers.
Last offseason, it was a battle between incumbent starter Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance, who was coming off his rookie season.
Now, with new starter Brock Purdy recovering from surgery on a torn UCL in his throwing elbow, there are again calls from some to start Lance.
Lance certainly has potential and could very well become a very good QB, but he has started just four pro games so far, which hasn’t given him enough time to develop, let alone show what he will be capable of doing.
Going back further, he played only one full season of college football at North Dakota State University in the FCS subdivision.
Some are already calling him a bust, but JJ Zachariason says not so fast.
Lotta wild Trey Lance extrapolation going on for a guy who played one game in the pouring down rain last year and another where he threw three passes. Totally fine if you prefer Purdy to be starter, but burying Lance for his 2022 makes no sense.
— JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB) March 29, 2023
The 49ers gave up three first-round draft picks two years ago to acquire the third selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, which they used on Lance.
Given how much capital they gave up in order to get him, it made some sense for them to give him the starting job over Garoppolo last summer.
In Week 1, the Niners lost on the road to the Chicago Bears, and although Lance didn’t play terribly, some felt he was lackluster.
However, it should be pointed out that he played poorly in the second half, during which Soldier Field was hit with a very strong rainstorm that made conditions on the gridiron very difficult.
The following week, Lance suffered a severe ankle injury, and there went his season.
Purdy is expected to be able to throw a football again in early June, but since it is unknown if he will be ready for Week 1 of the 2023 campaign, let alone training camp, Lance could get another opportunity under center next season.NEXT: Viral Video Shows Christian McCaffrey Training For 2023