Fred Warner on Trey Lance leading 49ers: ‘He’s ready for this’

As training camps approach, the big question in San Francisco is whether sophomore quarterback Trey Lance is ready to lead a playoff-caliber roster deep into the playoffs.

This offseason, Niners players have circled the wagons, insisting the 2021 first-round pick has done everything to prepare for the full-time starting gig. Linebacker Fred Warner continued that praise Monday on The Rich Eisen Show.

“I keep saying, man, how much I admired how Trey took all the criticism, everything I guess you could say about all the pressure people try to put on him,” Warner said. in Eisen. “He’s been super professional about it, especially with his youth. (He’s) very mature for his age.

“And so, just the things that you see of him and the little things that everyone outside the building sees of him, that should give you a good idea of ​​the maturity of such a young player, and if we give him the reins, the way he would handle it. I can continue to sit here and tell you what a great person and player he is. I’ve talked about that before. But regardless, I know he is, for sure, if given the reins, he’s ready for it, he’s very professional and mature and ready for anything that’s given to him.

Lance spent most of his rookie season behind Jimmy Garoppolo, making two starts and completing 57.7% of his passes for 603 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

With Jimmy G not participating in offseason practices due to shoulder surgery and the Niners expected to part ways with the veteran, Lance took charge this offseason.

“He’s been a part of the group since day one,” Warner said. “I think he came in with the right mindset, humility. The front office continues to bring in guys who love the game. They love football. They’re good people. And Trey continued to work hard. And that’s how you build respect among your teammates and your peers, is by putting in the work, day in and day out, and the guys see that.

“And seeing that confidence grow in him, going into his second year, being there during practices and OTA practices, continuing to do that in training camp like I know he will, he certainly has the respect among his teammates.”

With Garoppolo still on the roster as we approach training camp — the Niners are due to report on July 26 — there remain some questions about the QB room in San Francisco. Warner declined to enter amid discussion of what would happen if the team hung on to the veteran QB.

“Kyle (Shanahan) is the brains of the operation,” Warner said. “I let him handle all that stuff. My job as a middle linebacker for our defense is to make sure I’m ready to go and on top of my game for that side of the ball, and let them manage this side. I know it’s a big operation to operate as a team, and so I just make sure to do my part in the puzzle.

Every player doing their part will be essential for the 49ers to introduce a new QB. San Francisco has the talent to make another deep playoff run. The hope when they traded to snag Lance last year was that he would eventually become a player who could put them above. Now is the time for the young caller to show off that talent.

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