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Trey Lance is Listed as 3rd String Quarterback on 49ers Depth Chart

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 02: Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers leaves the field after defeating the Houston Texans 23-7 at Levi's Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Trey Lance was on the verge of becoming the San Francisco 49ers‘ new starting quarterback a year ago. Lance’s future with the organization is now in doubt as Sam Darnold was named the backup quarterback in San Francisco. Brock Purdy is still set to be the starting quarterback when the regular season rolls around.

Lance was reportedly not at practice this Wednesday. In the 49ers’ second preseason game against the Broncos, Lance was the team’s third quarterback to take the field. He threw an interception on his first play behind center, but he ended the game with 173 yards and a touchdown.

For the 49ers, Purdy started the game after just making a full recovery from elbow surgery. The 49ers’ choice to promote Darnold while potentially shopping Lance may have more to do with business considerations.

The 49ers may have reasoned that by moving Lance, who is still only 23 years old, they can likely obtain more excellent value now that Darnold has demonstrated his usefulness as a backup.

A Rocky Start For Trey Lance

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 15: Trey Lance #5 and Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers on the field before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on December 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 21-13. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

In his first two seasons with the 49ers, Lance started four games before suffering an injury after just two. His performance was inconsistent. With Lance completing just 55% of his throws, five touchdowns, and three interceptions throughout those games, the 49ers went 2-2. But last year, when Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a season-ending injury, Lance was thrown into the fire.

Several teams might use a good backup, so the 49ers should anticipate a lot of interest in any potential deal for Lance. But whether or not Lance gets moved away swiftly could depend on what the 49ers are hoping to obtain for him.

What is known is that on the 49ers’ depth chart, Darnold has replaced Lance. Darnold, the third overall choice in the 2018 NFL Draft, has had a career full of ups and downs. Now, he will look to embrace the backup role to Purdy fully.