Trey Lance reveals a new mindset in 2023

Tre Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the Houston Texans during a preseason game at NRG Stadium on August 25, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
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Tre Lance looks to have a shot at regaining the starting quarterback spot for the San Francisco 49ers after suffering a gruesome ankle injury in Week 2 of the 2022 season.

It is widely believed that once Brock Purdy returns from a torn UCL in his throwing elbow, he will remain the starter, but there is always a chance that will not be the case.

Until he returns, Lance will reportedly share starting duties with Sam Darnold, who the team picked up this offseason.

As OTAs begin, the North Dakota State University product says he is “enjoying playing football again,” according to David Lombardi.

Playing QB for the 49ers puts people under a microscope, as they are one of the most accomplished teams in any pro sport, as well as play in a very large market and have many fans outside of Northern California.

There have been high expectations for Lance ever since the team gave up four draft picks, including two first-rounders, to acquire the No. 3 selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.

He’s played just eight games in the pros so far, but he’s been heavily scrutinized because San Francisco puts a large portion of their Super Bowl hopes on his shoulders.

So far, Purdy, who was a rookie last season, is the more prepared and proven commodity despite being the last player in the 2022 draft, but many feel Lance has a higher range.

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