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Trey Lance is already on the 49ers' record, can he stay on the field?

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In his first career start last year, Trey Lance recorded 16 carries, most by quarterbacks in regular-season games in San Francisco 49ers franchise history.

In his third career start on Sunday, Lance had 13 carries, the third-most in the 49ers’ 76-year history.

Yes, 22-year-old Lance is already on the team’s record books. How long will he be on the field?

Intense use of Lance as a runner increases the chance of injury. And his apparent inconsistency about sliding to defend himself increases the odds of him being sidelined.

The 6-foot-4, 224-pound Lance said he felt “amazing” after recording 13 carries on the day of the 19-10 loss to the Bears. But he admitted Wednesday that he downgraded himself from “great” to “fine” after waking up with a sore neck the next morning.

He realized this after making three starts in the NFL. He’s no longer in North Dakota.

Trey Lance of the 49ers is one of 12 quarterbacks since 1960 to record at least 13 carries in multiple games. Do you want Lance to stand out? He has done so in just three career starts.

player

game

start

lamar jackson

twenty three

50

cam newton

11

144

Jalen Hurts

Five

20

Bobby Douglas

Five

53

Michael Vick

Four

115

Tim Tebow

3

16

Kyler Murray

3

47

Josh Allen

3

61

Trey Lance

2

3

Robert Griffin III

2

42

Randall

Cunningham

2

135

Russell Wilson

2

159

Source: pro-football-reference.com

running 49ers QB

Fastest attempt in a regular season game by a 49ers quarterback in team history:

Athlete (Date)

No.

1.

Trey Lance (10-10-21)

16

2.

Jeff Garcia (10-14-01)

14

3.

Trey Lance (9-11-22)

13

Four.

Blaine Gabbert (10-2-16)

12

Colin Kaepernick (9-21-14)

12

6.

Jeff Garcia (10-5-03)

11

Jimmy Garoppolo (9-19-21)

11

Colin Kaepernick (10-20-13)

11

Steve Young (10-15-89)

11

Steve Young (10-13-91)

11

Source: pro-football-reference.com


“I’m not bigger, faster or stronger than most people,” said Lance, who sat out with a knee sprain after making his 16-carry debut. Guys close much faster.You have to learn to protect yourself just by being in a different situation and you have to know how important it is to stay healthy.”

If his first start is any indication, Lance needs to get plenty of practice in self-preservation.

He is one of 12 QBs since 1960 with 13 or more rushing attempts in multiple games. And head coach Kyle Shanahan believes he will continue to use Lance extensively as a runner this season as he grows out of his pocket. On Sunday, Shanahan called six designed runs for five scrambles and Lance, where he had two sneaks. In his 16-carry start for Lance last year, Shanahan called his QB runs designed nine times.

Shanahan said Wednesday that Lance will have to choose when to defend himself.

“You have to pick and choose,” said Shanahan. “Sliding is your best bet, but sometimes there are ways to move forward without taking hits. I think Trey did a pretty good job at that.”

Against the Bears, Lance made a head-first dive in the fourth quarter to avoid a sandwich between two defenders, but only finished one run on the slide.

His biggest collisions were 8-yard runs on 3 and 9 yards in the 3rd quarter. Lance put his head down to face All-Pro linebacker Loquan Smith. shoulder.

This wasn’t the only time Lance induced contact near the first-down marker.

In the second quarter, in a tie, Lance was hit by three defenders at the end of 13-yard runs of 3 and 13 yards. In the 3rd quarter, with QB power, he trailed Smith back with a 3-yard up-the-gat run for 3 and 2. In the fourth quarter, in a scramble, Lance trailed a defender and got a hit off Smith on a 2nd-2 3-yard run.

“Most of the time, when you’re running between tackles or on third down, you don’t slide and go 4-2 and give up the play and send the defense down the field,” Lance said.

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