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Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo Bonding Over Similar Background

Devon Platana
Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo have been bonding over similar backgrounds as the San Francisco 49ers' offseason continues.
Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo have been bonding over similar backgrounds as the San Francisco 49ers' offseason continues. / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
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Whenever an NFL team drafts their quarterback of the future, things can go one of two ways if they already have a No. 1 signal-caller. On one hand, the veteran quarterback could embrace the new rookie and mentor him. On the other hand... well, you've probably seen what's going on with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Fortunately for the San Francisco 49ers, QB Jimmy Garoppolo and 2021 No. 3 overall draft pick Trey Lance have been getting along just fine. Garoppolo has already started mentoring the former North Dakota State signal-caller and now the duo is bonding over their similar backgrounds.

The Athletic's David Lombardi reported on Friday that Garoppolo texted Lance, saying that "it's going to be great to have another FCS guy in the room." The Walter Payton Award is given to the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) offensive player of the year. Considering both Garoppolo and Lance have won it in the past, it's encouraging for 49ers fans to see their two quarterbacks bonding over a shared experience.

Garoppolo is expected to continue mentoring Lance until he's ready to take over the No. 1 quarterback job in San Francisco. There's no telling when it will happen, but don't underestimate Lance's abilities to challenge for the job early on in the campaign. He was an offensive dynamo at North Dakota State, throwing for 2,935 passing yards and 30 touchdowns to one interception while adding 1,243 rushing yards and 16 ground scores since 2019.

Lance is also expected to compete for the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. His +900 odds are the 4th-highest among his peers, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Regardless of when he becomes "the guy" in San Francisco, 49ers fans have every right to be excited about Lance's future. His bond with Garoppolo is just the cherry on top.


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