49ers QB Trey Lance is ready to lead his team into their first full year as a start

After months of holiday speculation about the state of the San Francisco mid-room, coach Kyle Shanahan on Tuesday went on to reiterate what the 49ers had said about everyone who would be under center in Week One: “We’ve moved on on Trey.”

So with that clear confirmation to everyone, 49 players opened a training camp this week with Trey Lance as a start. Speaking to the media on Thursday, the 22-year-old said he was already feeling better than he did in his first camp. Having a year under his belt made his approach completely different, and allowed Lance to explore more detailed aspects of the game.

Lance told Kurt Warner of the NFL Network Inside Live Training Camp. “Last year… I knew what was going on, but this year I can actually care a lot about defence, pay attention to the fronts, defensive structures and all that. I learn a lot, and I am able to tell what kind of thing is going on.”

The opportunity to take all the actors into practice with the other starters can’t be overstated, and Lance said that’s definitely something he felt last season as well. While he spent most of the season playing behind Jimmy Garoppolo, he said the practices leading up to his primes helped him grow as a much more player than when he was preparing as a spare.

“Every play was something new,” said Lance Warner. “I learned a lot, not just in the games, but in the practices, the fairways, and everything that happens as a rookie versus supporting Jimmy last year.” “Those weeks were completely different, and I grew a lot in those weeks of training.”

With Lance adjusting to his new role, the only question left for the 49ers is how things will shake up for Garoppolo. The veteran QB is still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, but it is certain that once he is completely cleared, he will be on his way to another team, officially completing the goalkeeper change in midfield.

Lance said he’s faced Garoppolo at the training facility multiple times this off season, and that despite the two competing for the same spot last year, he said they’re still in great shape, and he hopes for the best for his teammate.

“That’s what’s going on. It’s not weird at all. I didn’t have anything to say that was bad about Jimmy,” Lance told reporters at a news conference on Thursday. “He’s been a big brother to me since the day I came in. He could make things hell for me.”

Although Lance had to go through months of speculation and changes to get to this point, he said the one thing that hadn’t changed was his mentality. With the start of the season looming weeks later, the young midfielder is excited to see his work finally paying off, and proving he deserves the key role he’s been given.

“I’ve been preparing to play since the day he was drafted,” Lance Warner said. “So nothing has really changed. There hasn’t really been a moment or anything like that, but I’m excited to lead these guys and make this thing happen.”

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