Trey Lance came up holding his index finger following a hit by Max Richardson in the San Francisco 49ers' final preseason game in 2021. No one really batted an eye at the injury considering the young quarterback stayed in the game and then immediately saw action in Week 1 of the regular season.
Recent reports suggest that there was much more to it, though. Lance explained that a chipped bone in his finger bothered him for the rest of his rookie year and forced him to change how he threw the football. He had to wait for the swelling to go down in order to fully squeeze his hand again.
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This is a noteworthy development considering one of Lance's main criticisms following the year was his inaccuracy. The 22-year-old completed only 41 of his 71 pass attempts (57.7%), but it's simply too early to make a judgment on that part of his game when he wasn't 100% healthy.
Lance has spent a lot time in the offseason erasing any of the bad habits he fell into when adapting to his injury. It wouldn't be surprising to see him throw tighter spirals and start placing the ball in better spots for his receivers now. That would be a massive step in his development as the 49ers' starter.
Overall, Lance threw 7 touchdowns compared to 5 interceptions and added 168 yards on the ground to go along with a rushing score in 2021. Improving during his sophomore season is the main goal for a 49ers team that has odds set at +1600 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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