We didn’t see much of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Tre Lance during his junior campaign in 2021. He played only 178 offensive shots, appeared in six games and started two. It had a much smaller sample size than the four other players from last year’s first-round draft class.

Despite the small sample size of the soon-to-be sophomore quarterback, ESPN’s Booger McFarland seems very concerned about Lance – and possibly the jobs of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch.

“Of all the rookie quarterbacks last year, I’m the most concerned about Tre Lance, and that includes Justin Fields,” MacFarland said on NFL Live (h/t Alec Arnd of The Spun). “I just think, from an injury standpoint, he hasn’t proven to be able to stay healthy. From a midfielder standpoint, I haven’t seen enough to say, ‘You know?'” We can build around X, Y, Z.”

The 49ers are expected to part ways with quarterback who started last year, Jimmy Garoppolo, ushering in the Lance era at Santa Clara. The 21-year-old entered the NFL with limited experience, starting just 17 games during his collegiate career and playing in just one game in the 15 months leading up to the draft.

Drafted by the San Francisco Lance, he chose to sit at the center of the center for most of the season, with Garoppolo serving as his mentor. While it was the path of development that Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes succeeded in, the decision was called into question by many.

Lance entered the season with a finger injury. Additionally, he suffered a sprained knee during his first start. However, he was not the only rookie player to suffer injuries last season. Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields deals with a groin injury and a cracked rib. New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has missed four games with a PCL sprain.

“I know Marcus [Spears] He loves the athletic element,” MacFarland continued. He’s physically built, but these qualities have hurt him this year. I’m very worried about him, but if he doesn’t get out, then Kyle Shanahan and/or John Lynch won’t have a job because they went to the Jed York and 49ers property and said, “Hey, this is our guy.” So, he has to get out. But I’m really worried about Tre Lance.”

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