NBC Sports' Matt Maiocco said he's not sure "anybody knows" if Trey Lance is ready to start for the 49ers in 2022.
Maiocco said the team believes Lance will be ready when he's called on as the starter, whether that's this year or next year. 49ers general manager John Lynch said this month that Lance is "everything we thought he was when we traded a lot to go get him, and more," countering reports that Kyle Shanahan remains wary of trading Jimmy Garoppolo and rolling with Lance as the Niners' starter in 2022. The quarterback market has narrowed considerably over the past week, leaving the 49ers without many trading partners for Garoppolo. "A lot has changed" since the start of the NFL new year, Maiocco said, including Jimmy G undergoing shoulder surgery. In February, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Lance "was probably further behind than people realized, Trey Lance is greener than people realize, Trey Lance is going to need more work than people realize, and they have a roster that can win now." There's been no indication the 49ers are ready to commit to Lance.