Trey Lance’s NFL career has been a bit of a roller coaster since the San Francisco 49ers selected him 3rd overall.
He was expected to become their franchise QB in his 2nd season after backing up Jimmy Garoppolo for a year.
Unfortunately, his time as the starter didn’t last long as he suffered a season-ending injury in his 2nd start in 2022.
While he was out, Brock Purdy firmly took hold of the team’s starting QB job.
Now Lance is stuck in limbo with Purdy locked in as the starter and could even end up losing the backup job to Sam Darnold.
With all of that going on in his career, Lance has decided to work with QB coach Jeff Christensen.
Christensen revealed to The Athletic’s Matt Barrows that Lance has made changes to his throwing motion.
A strong sign that Trey Lance is on his way to fixing his delivery? He's not dealing with arm soreness anymore. This, according to his private QB guru, who spoke about his offseason work with the #49ers QB …https://t.co/UAH2KZpFqX
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) May 19, 2023
“I said, ‘Watch this. Watch what he does here,’” Christensen told Barrows. “It was something I was telling him to do that he wasn’t quite doing, and then he saw Patrick apply it perfectly. And I think that visual buy-in, that mental buy-in, helped him past that mental hump.”
And to his credit he just kept getting better. [Over] the last seven days, every day was a substantial jump.”
While Lance likely won’t be getting another chance to start in San Francisco, the change to his throwing motion could make a difference for him if he ends up elsewhere.
Lance should attract interest from QB-needy teams either during this season if a QB suffers an injury or next offseason if a team doesn’t have themselves set up for the future.
It’s a tough situation for a player that was expected to quickly become a factor in the NFL, but it looks like Trey Lance is doing what he can to make the best of it.