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Williams calls Lance 'generational talent,' but no QB battle

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Trey Lance

Trey Lance has been the talk of 49ers training camp so far. Every day the No. 3 overall pick seems to make at least one throw that opens eyes and drops jaws.

This, naturally, has many believing that he has created a quarterback competition and soon will supplant Jimmy Garoppolo. But left tackle Trent Williams doesn't see it that way.

“Nah I don’t think it’s a competition yet,” Williams told KNBR's "Murph & Mac" on Thursday. “Jimmy is playing lights out, I know that. A lot of people won’t say that but, I mean Jimmy has been balling. He’s got the offense moving, so I don’t really see a quarterback competition at this time.”

But while Williams doesn't see a competition in Santa Clara, he acknowledges Lance's talent and sees a bright future for the young signal-caller. But he also knows that what's best for Lance and the 49ers is to be patient.

“Trey is an outstanding talent. It’s hard to deny that," Williams said. "You see him throw the ball and you seem him run the ball and you know that’s a generational talent. We’re lucky to have QB1 and QB2 be extremely talented, and they both have what it takes to get us where we need to go.

“Trey has just turned 21. I don’t think it would be a good thing for anybody if someone tries to rush him. We have time to let him develop and personally I think that’s what’s best. Trey has been developing at a very high speed, but for right now Jimmy is in control, and I think everybody is okay with that.”

 
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The 49ers' 2020 season was plagued with injuries, as Garoppolo, George Kittle, Nick Bosa, Dee Ford and Raheem Mostert all missed significant time.

Garoppolo missed 10 games with various high-ankle injuries, forcing the 49ers to turn to Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard. Given how slim the margin for error is in the NFC West, Williams is glad the 49ers know they can turn to Lance should Garoppolo go down.

“Just seeing what Trey has to offer and knowing if something happened to Jimmy that’s who’s coming up, everybody can just sleep good at night because everybody knows what happened last year when Jimmy went down," Williams said. "That kind of had us dead in the water for a second. Knowing that we won’t run into that same problem, it’s a very comforting feeling.”

Lance has been as advertised so far in camp, showing why coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch made the blockbuster trade to go up and get him. Lance is the future of the organization and has all the tools to succeed as a franchise quarterback.

But, at least for now, the 2021 49ers remain Garoppolo's team.

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