QB: Trey Lance

The Athletic's Tim Kawakami said "nobody" in the 49ers organization was ready for Trey Lance to take over as the team's starting quarterback so early in the season.

"Nobody was ready. This was not the plan," Kawakami said after Jimmy Garoppolo exited the team's Week 4 game with a calf injury, forcing Lance under center for the second half against Seattle. "Lance had barely played in the first three games. Shanahan had recently sounded more committed to Garoppolo than ever for this season." Kawkami pointed out that head coach Kyle Shanahan had "recently quite pointedly avoided even the idea of getting Lance more regularly into the game flow." Apparently the plan was for Garoppolo to head the Niners offense for as long as possible. Now Lance is the starter, perhaps for a lengthy stretch as Garoppolo recovers. Lance acquitted himself well against the Seahawks, overcoming some shaky early throws and totaling 157 yards and two touchdowns -- adding 41 rushing yards -- in the team's Week 4 loss. Lance's 20.4 fantasy points in one half of play is a mouth watering preview of his potential as the 49ers' starter this week against Arizona.

SOURCE: The Athletic Oct 4, 2021, 12:55 PM ET