San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) takes part in drills next to quarterbacks coach Brian Griese at the NFL football team's practice facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Tuesday, June 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SANTA CLARA — Trey Lance rolled to his right Tuesday and cut loose with a high-velocity wobbler that eventually fell harmless to the ground.

Had it been a game or an open practice with fans in attendance, there would have been an audible buzz, because it was one of those moments that was perfect for the kind of overreaction that comes naturally with the most important position in professional sports.

Instead, it was the first day of a mandatory three-day minicamp and the isolated instance came and went. Lance actually had a pretty good day throwing the ball. Even more important, Lance, all of 22 years old, appears to be growing nicely into his role as the face of the 49ers.

Jimmy Garoppolo was excused from participating while he rehabs his surgically repaired shoulder. No one with the organization is willing to come out and say it, but that’s a good thing. The team belongs to Lance, and while coach Kyle Shanahan said he expected to see Garoppolo at practice in training camp when healthy if no trade materializes, surely that’s not the preferred way to go.

Having Lance assume the role of leader, bond with quarterbacks coach Brian Griese and conduct himself through his play and his actions as an NFL quarterback is going to be the biggest factor in his success or failure in 2022. The whole matter of a throwing motion which has been criticized for being too elongated as well as the occasional delivery that doesn’t produce a spiral simply isn’t a big deal.

Questions came up about Lance’s mechanics Tuesday and it was a matter he wanted to address. He seemed almost amused by the scrutiny about his summer sessions with throwing coaches which he said centered on using his lower half for the proper base to throw the ball accurately.

There haven’t been any major changes in the way Lance throws the ball, nor are there expected to be in the future.

“I know everybody talks about the throwing motion and the slow-mo videos and all that, but it wasn’t as much as you guys think,” Lance said. “Everybody has their opinion on it. But for me, it’s about getting the ball out accurately. It’s different working away from the building because you’re working primarily as a thrower and not necessarily as a quarterback.”

Regarding his motion, Lance said, “I don’t feel like it slows me down. Everyone throws differently. I know …read more

Source:: The Mercury News


Trey Lance taking ownership of 49ers’ quarterback position, not obsessing over mechanics

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