Dilfer: Lance injury could be ‘career wrecker’ if Jimmy G wins originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Trey Lance’s broken ankle will keep him out of action for the rest of the 2022 NFL season.
But in the eyes of former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, Sunday’s accident could push Lance even further back in his career, and for reasons other than an injured ankle.
“I hate Trey. I think this could be a career wreck, to be honest,” Dilfer said on the Ryen Russillo Podcast on Tuesday. “This will now be his third year without playing significant snaps. He had limited passes as a college player.”
Lance’s inexperience is well documented. He played only one full season in the state of North Dakota, completing 66.9 percent of his passes that year for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Aside from that 2019 campaign that put him on the map, Lance has started seven other football games — three in college and four since joining the 49ers last season.
“Fewer than 1,500 tries as a college player rarely works in your favor in the NFL,” Dilfer said. “I was willing to take that chance with Trey because I thought his ability to run the ball would be a balancing act to give him a longer line in the NFL, to play more snaps before he became a refined passer Now you’re looking at less than 1,500 tries in college football and three years without playing significant snaps.”
Dilfer, who concluded his 13-year NFL career by playing seven games for the 49ers in 2007, has high hopes for coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad for the remainder of the season, with veteran Jimmy Garoppolo once again taking the lead.
“I think Jimmy G will be successful,” Dilfer said. “I really think the 49ers will be successful. Therefore, what do I do?” [the 49ers] do at the end of this year?”
Garoppolo took a massive pay cut to stay with the 49ers for the final season of his five-year deal he signed for the 2018 campaign. In March, he will become an unrestricted free agent.
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Will the 49ers give Garoppolo another chance and re-sign him or hand the franchise back to the unproven Lance? That question will pop up in the locker room off-season, no matter how many games San Francisco wins.
“I hope not,” Dilfer said. ‘I love that boy. But this could be catastrophic for Trey Lance.”
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