49ers CEO Jed York has 'no regrets' over draft decision made on Trey Lance
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San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York claims there are zero regrets regarding their decision to move up in the 2021 NFL draft to select quarterback Trey Lance. Lance, the third overall pick of the 2021 NFL draft, was named the 49ers starting quarterback before suffering a season-ending ankle injury in Week 2.
After Jimmy Garoppolo also suffered an injury, the 49ers turned to seventh-round draft pick Brock Purdy to be their quarterback. The 49ers played extremely well with Purdy as their starting quarterback and Mr. Irrelevant quickly became very liked in the 49ers locker room.
This week, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch indicated Purdy would likely be the team's starting quarterback at the start of the 2023 season.
49ers CEO York: No regrets about taking Lance
“I wouldn’t change anything that we’ve made about the decision with Trey.
I think Trey has a chance to be great. But it’s a bonus when you get somebody at the end of the seventh round that ends up coming in and being very impactful for your team," York said, per NBC Sports. In his rookie season, Lance appeared in six games as he completed 57.7 percent of his passes for 603 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.
In Week 1 of the 2022 season, Lance didn't have a really great outing and the 49ers suffered a 19-10 loss to the Chicago Bears. “You can’t worry about, well, Trey hasn’t played as many games as we would’ve liked.
It’s not his fault. He got injured. When you look at when we drafted him, we wanted to make sure we had a young quarterback on a rookie contract that allows you to be able to say, ‘All right, Javon (Hargrave) is kind of a bonus,'" York said. It remains to be seen how much of a playing time Lance will get in 2023.