Trey Lance details going against 49ers' 'talented' defense in training camp

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Lance details going against 'talented' 49ers defense in camp originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

As Trey Lance gets ready to start his first full season under center for the 49ers, some might argue he couldn’t have had better preparation for the moment.

That’s because all summer, the young quarterback went up against one of the NFL’s top defenses in training camp.

And while Lance was busy trying to get the ball into the hands of top offensive weapons like George Kittle and Deebo Samuel, Fred Warner and Nick Bosa were waiting on the other side.

Talk about a learning experience.

“I knew we had a very talented defense,” Lance told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco on the latest episode of “49ers Talk.” “But I think they got a ton better as training camp went on, and so did we offensively.”

The offense’s struggles against San Francisco’s first-team defense were well documented throughout camp, but there were also days when Lance and Co. thrived on the practice field.

With Roquan Smith and the Chicago Bears eagerly awaiting their matchup with the 49ers on Sunday at Soldier Field, Lance’s own star linebacker teammate has made things difficult for him on a daily basis, he said.

“They come ready to go every single day. I think that was the biggest thing for me,” Lance told Maiocco. “No matter what, and Fred gets those guys going as a leader.

“That defense, man. They got some talented guys, especially with the new guys coming in as well.”

The 49ers added free agent cornerback Charvarius Ward to their new-look secondary this season, and the team also welcomed rookie Samuel Womack to the 53-man roster in the nickel position after he made a name for himself in the preseason.

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Safety Jimmie Ward will miss at least the first four games of the season as he deals with a hamstring injury, but second-year pro Talanoa Hufanga is ready to make up for his absence along with newcomer George Odum. And on the line, Bosa and Armstead are joined by a rejuvenated Javon Kinlaw while fearsome rookie Drake Jackson lurks on the depth chart.

Those new additions coupled with the defense’s existing star power certainly tested Lance this summer.

And on Sunday, the 49ers hope their defensive onslaught can stun Justin Fields and the Bears as well.

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