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49ers Could Have Surprising Role for Trey Lance in 2021

Larry Rupp
The San Francisco 49ers could have a surprising role for Trey Lance during the 2021 NFL season.
The San Francisco 49ers could have a surprising role for Trey Lance during the 2021 NFL season. / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers traded up to the No. 3 overall pick in order to get the player that they wanted in North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance. While he is expected to be the team's quarterback of the future, Lance could take on a different role during the 2021 season.

Matt Barrows of The Athletic speculates that Lance could be used a bit like Taysom Hill has been over the last few seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

Of course, this all depends on whether or not head coach Kyle Shanahan stays committed to expected starter Jimmy Garoppolo.

But this wouldn't be the first time the 49ers use a quarterback in a utility role. Colin Kaepernick averaged 4.3 pass attempts and 3.5 rush attempts early on in the 2012 season before taking over the starting gig. It wouldn't be surprising to see a very similar outcome play out here.

Lance definitely has the athleticism necessary to take on tacklers and pass rushers in any play package that is drawn up. He racked up 2,947 passing yards and 1,325 rushing yards over the course of three seasons with the Bison (19 games played). Lance accounted for 48 total touchdowns during that span as well.

The NFL changes every single year and more teams seem to be open to implementing what Saints head coach Sean Payton has done with Hill over the last few years. We saw rookie Jalen Hurts come in for a few plays here and there in 2020 before eventually taking the starting job from Wentz.

Similarly, Lance may have a shot to showcase his skills right away and that could cause a quarterback controversy to arise in San Francisco sooner than originally expected.

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