Jaylon Johnson Throws Shade at Trey Lance Following Ugly Week 1 Performance
By Larry Rupp
It took only one week for the Trey Lance hype train to hit a speed bump. The San Francisco 49ers' quarterback looked like an inexperienced second-year pro in a 19-10 loss to the Bears. Chicago cornerback Jaylon Johnson even threw some shade at Lance after balling out on the defensive side.
49ers vs Bears Week 1
Johnson didn't hold back in his postgame comments, saying that the Bears forced Lance "play quarterback." The strategy clearly worked, too. Lance completed only 46.4% of his pass attempts (13-for-28) for 164 yards and one interception. He added 54 yards on the ground on 13 carries.
“I felt like we did exactly what I said we were going to do: make him prove himself as a quarterback.”- Jaylon Johnson on Trey Lance
It's worth noting that Johnson didn't just throw this statement out with no explanation. The third-year pro mentioned that Lance is always going to be able to make plays with his legs and is going to be a good quarterback. He will have to go through some learning pains, though, just as he did on Sunday.
49ers fans can't help but panic a little bit after Lance looked less than stellar against a defense that ranked outside the top 10 NFL teams in total DVOA rating in 2021. With veteran Jimmy Garoppolo on the sideline, Lance will need to show improvement or else the fan base may quickly lose its patience.
Next up on the 49ers' schedule is a date with the Seattle Seahawks. They have lost four straight games to their divisional rival, so seeing Lance lead his team to victory would be a huge boost. San Francisco heads into that game as an 8.5-point home favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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