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Why Warner believes Lance is ready to lead 49ers to success originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Is it Trey Lance time?
With the Jimmy Garoppolo trade situation still in flux because of his shoulder injury, Kyle Shanahan and the rest of the 49ers are fully focusing on second-year QB Trey Lance's development. Although Lance didn't get a ton of opportunity during his first season, 49ers All-Pro linebacker Fred Warner "admired" how Lance approached being on the bench for most of his rookie year.
"He's been super professional about it, especially with how young he is," Warner said on Monday's episode of The Rich Eisen Show. "He's very mature for his age."
Warner also said that the 22-year-old Lance is ready to lead the team.
"If given the reins, he's ready for it," Warner told Eisen. "He's very professional and mature and ready for whatever he is given."
When asked by Eisen to give an example of what Warner sees in Lance to deem him an NFL-level QB, Warner said that it was Lance "doing all the little things right."
"Working hard, keeping his head down, staying humble, not letting the outside criticism get to him," he said of Lance's approach. Warner added that the outside noise doesn't really worry Lance; the QB is worried more about the opinion of his coaches and teammates.
"I think that's what ultimately is going to allow him to be successful in this league," Warner concluded.
In all, it's too early to have a solid opinion on a QB with only two starts to his name, especially for someone drafted as high as Lance. But given how confident his teammates and others are in his abilities to lead the 49ers this season, there are many reasons to be optimistic.