Daniel Jeremiah on Trey Lance, the future of the 49ers: “He can take this group to another level”


Daniel Jeremiah on Trey Lance, the future of the 49ers: "He can take this group to another level"

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There’s no doubt that Trey Lance is a big question mark on the San Francisco 49ers roster for the upcoming season. We’ve seen just two starts from last year’s No. 3 overall and just 71 attempts at passes. Even if there are growing pains in his second NFL season, there’s enough talent around the 22-year-old quarterback to win.

NFL Media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks recently held a fantasy draft. However, no players were involved — at least not individually. The two took turns picking the teams they believe are most likely to win the most Super Bowls over the next five years.

Brooks selected the defending Super Bowl champion, the Los Angeles Rams, as the #1 overall winner. Jeremiah followed by picking the Los Angeles Chargers at number 2. Then the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys left the board.

With #6 overall, Jeremiah went to the 49ers. And the possibility of Lance starting within the next five years didn’t make him waver in his choice.

“Do I think Jimmy Garoppolo was a special, dynamic, elite quarterback? No,” Jeremiah said to Brooks. “Do I think this team has been consistent with him in the postseason, this team with him in the Super Bowl? I actually think Trey Lance — I said it when they drafted him — I think he can give them something they didn’t have.” He can take this group to another level.”

Lance won’t have to do it alone. Jeremiah likes the roster that head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have put together in Santa Clara.

“You’re looking at the defensive side of the ball, I don’t think there’s a pass rusher in the league that I would take on Nick Bosa going forward,” shared Jeremiah. “I know there are [other] dynamic guys [on other teams]. I get Myles Garrett. But man, I’ve seen Nick Bosa only ruin games; just destroy them completely.

“So you have a young superstar pass rusher. They have the best scheme in football. Everyone emulates Kyle Shanahan, but there’s still only one Kyle Shanahan. So you set this in motion. They have other dynamic players. You can interfere in this offensive. Deebo Samuel, obviously [they need] to bring that thing into the future.”

The 49ers offense should be talented enough to score with a quarterback swap, especially if you have a lucky Deebo on the field. The inside of the offensive line is another question mark, but the team has strengthened other areas this offseason, including the secondary defense.

“They’re going to score points and rush the passer by, so I’m sticking with it,” added Jeremiah. “Well, I’m buying Trey Lance a little blind here. I know we didn’t see it, but I know the worst case scenario, Buck, they’re gonna bludgeon people to the ground with him why I’m going with the 49ers.”

Though surprised, Brooks can’t dispute Jeremiah’s 49er pick. He also likes the squad.

“You will join the conversation,” Brooks said. “And to be on that list, you have to have a team that you can look at and say, ‘Is this team always going to be part of the discussion?’ You can tell the 49ers will be in the conversation.”

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