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The San Francisco 49ers have made it clear that Jimmy Garoppolo is their starting quarterback. However, Trey Lance is doing everything possible to change that. © Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo
Niners general manager John Lynch told the "Murph & Mac" show that he's been impressed with Lance this summer but reiterated that personnel decisions are up to head coach Kyle Shanahan.
"That's up to Kyle (Shanahan). That's up to our head coach," Lynch said Friday, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. "He makes the decisions on who's playing and whatnot. But I think it's Jimmy's right now and Trey's pushing. I think that's where it's at."
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The much-anticipated two-quarterback system in San Francisco has become four measly snaps in two games for rookie Trey Lance. When the 49ers host the Packers on Sunday night, will we see many or any plays from San Fran’s QB2? On Friday, 49ers G.M. John Lynch said that, however it plays out, coach Kyle Shanahan makes [more]On Friday, 49ers G.M. John Lynch said that, however it plays out, coach Kyle Shanahan makes those decisions.
"(Lance has) been awesome. He's been everything we thought he would be and more. He was good from day one when he walked in here in the offseason, and I think a testament to what we thought he was and his work ethic."
Lynch previously noted that Garoppolo has been playing his best football this summer at training camp following Lance's arrival. It's quite clear the veteran doesn't want to lose his starting position unless he suffers another injury.
While the 49ers will continue to use Garoppolo as their starter this season, Shanahan admitted last week that Lance will play "situationally" this year.
The North Dakota St. product will make his preseason debut Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs. If he plays well, he might see more playing time than expected in 2021.
Kyle Shanahan makes clear that Trey Lance is Jimmy Garoppolo's backup
Kyle Shanahan is adept at keeping secrets from the media when he wants to. Jimmy Garoppolo is and will continue to be the team's starter. Trey Lance — the No. 3 pick in April's draft — is a firm No. 2 on the depth chart. Shanahan made the proclamation in the aftermath of Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. Garoppolo started and played most of the game's offensive snaps. But Lance entered to score San Francisco's first touchdown on a goal-line run after a Garoppolo-led offense failed to reach the end zone in multiple red-zone attempts. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Jimmy Garoppolo is San Francisco's starter.
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NFL players looking to bounce back in 2021
The new NFL season presents an opportunity to rebound for many players who had disappointing 2020 seasons. These players are at the top of the list, as they look to bounce back in the new season.
Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants
Barkley became a superstar in his first two NFL seasons, but he played only two games last year due to a torn ACL. The Giants are hoping he's fully recovered to start 2021.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Browns
After playing only his second 16-game season in six years in 2019, Beckham played only seven games last year due to a knee injury. His stats were down significantly when he did play, with only 23 catches in seven games. Still only 28, Beckham still has the upside to be an elite wideout if he's healthy.
Nick Bosa, DE, 49ers
Bosa had injury issues in college at Ohio State, and they returned last year after winning Defensive Rookie of the Year for San Francisco in 2019. San Francisco is hoping he can stay healthy after playing only two games last year.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys
The Cowboys' offense was stagnant after Dak Prescott was injured last year, but Elliott struggled before that time. He had a career-low 4.0 yards per career and 65.3 rushing yards per game, failing to reach 1,000 rushing yards. Elliott lost weight in the offseason as he tries to rebound at age 26.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers
An ankle injury hounded Garoppolo for much of last season after he led his team to a Super Bowl appearance the previous year. He remains the likely starter for the 49ers this season but will be playing for his future after the team selected Trey Lance third overall in the draft.
Jared Goff, QB, Lions
Goff apparently had a falling out with the Rams last year, and his play was mediocre for the second consecutive year. LA shipped him to the Lions for Matthew Stafford in the offseason, where he will be the centerpiece of a bad roster. It won't be an easy situation for Goff to navigate, but a change of scenery could be a positive.
A.J. Green, WR, Cardinals
After consecutive injury-plagued seasons in Cincinnati, Green struggled last year with only 523 yards in 16 games. He still found a lucrative contract with Arizona but will have to prove he has something left at age 33.
Anthony Harris, S, Eagles
Harris was a breakout player for Minnesota in 2019, leading the league with six interceptions in his first year as a full-time starter. His production plummeted last year, and he had a quiet free-agent market before signing with Philly. The Eagles hope Harris can find himself with his new team.
Danielle Hunter, DE, Vikings
Hunter has been Minnesota's top pass rusher since 2015, and make back-to-back Pro Bowls before missing last year due to injury. The Vikings' defense suffered without him, and they are counting on Hunter in 2021.
Derwin James, S, Chargers
James has been a game-changer when he's been on the field since 2018, but he played only five games in 2019 and failed to take the field last season due to injury. The Chargers' defense should get an instant jolt if James is healthy this season.
Chandler Jones, DE, Cardinals
Jones had double-digit sacks in five consecutive seasons, including a career-high 19 sacks in 2019, before playing only five games last year due to injury. The Cardinals added help for him by signing J.J. Watt in the offseason, but Jones will also be out to prove that he's back.
DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Cowboys
The high-priced Lawrence didn't prove deserving of a huge contract for the second consecutive year, providing only 6.5 sacks in 16 games in 2020. The Cowboys' defense was one of the worst in the league, and need Lawrence to get back to the Pro Bowl level he showed in 2017 and 2018.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers
McCaffrey proved to be one of the most dynamic running games the NFL has seen before last year's injury-plagued campaign. He played only three games after leading the league in touches, yards from scrimmage, and touchdowns in 2019. New quarterback Sam Darnold could use McCaffrey's help this year.
Cam Newton, QB, Patriots
Newton missed most of 2019 in Carolina due to injury and had his first season in New England disrupted to COVID-19. His play in 15 games was sub-par, but he hopes to beat out first-round rookie Mac Jones for the starting job.
Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys
Prescott posted huge numbers early last season before suffering a horrible season-ending ankle injury. The Cowboys need Prescott to pick up where he left off given how poorly the defense has played recently.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
Big Ben's play deteriorated last season after major elbow surgery in 2019, and there were questions early in the offseason about whether the Steelers would go in a different direction. Pittsburgh drafted running back Najee Harris to help, but Roethlisberger will need to rebound for the team to reach their goals.
Preston Smith, OLB, Packers
Smith joined up with Za'Darius Smith in 2019 to make a dynamic pass rush tandem, but he wasn't the same last year. Preston had only four sacks and 42 tackles, with his quarterback hits also down significantly.
Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
Thomas had a forgettable 2020 season after leading the NFL in receptions and receiving yards the previous year. He was plagued by an ankle injury, playing only seven games, and could miss the start of the season following surgery. The loss of Drew Brees could also make things more difficult for Thomas.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Ravens
Watkins was a playoff hero for the Chiefs in 2019, but the veteran receiver's long history of injuries came back to bit him again last year. He only played in 10 games, and will now be fighting for a role with the run-heavy Ravens.
J.J. Watt, DE, Cardinals
Watt managed to get fully healthy last year after playing only eight games in 2019, but he recorded just five saves in a terrible year for Houston. He will get a chance to bounce back with what's likely to be a more competitive Cardinals squad.
Carson Wentz, QB, Colts
Wentz was nearly run out of Philadelphia with sub-par play in 2020 behind a bad supporting cast. The Colts have much more talent to help, but Wentz will also need to prove that he can stay healthy more consistently. A foot injury that will keep him out for multiple months is not a good start.
Damien Williams, RB, Bears
Williams was a Super Bowl hero for the Chiefs a little over one year ago, and some would say he was deserving of the Super Bowl MVP. He opted out of the 2020 season to care for his ailing mother and now finds himself as depth in a deep running back room for the Bears. He still has a chance to carve out a role for what could be a ground-and-pound offense.
The 49ers offense has been consistently inconsistent: Why it’s on Shanahan to figure it out .
From the passing game to Brandon Aiyuk to third downs, we expected more from the Niners offenseSince Shanahan decided that there wasn’t a quarterback competition, which left the rookie quarterback the 49ers traded three first-round picks for relegated to the scout team, Trey Lance is behind the 8-ball a month into the season.