INGLEWOOD — Trey Lance believes his tough start against the Los Angeles Chargers was a great learning experience
After three short series in the 49ers' 15-10 preseason win at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, the No. 3 overall draft pick had only one completion for 9 yards and an interception. Under Lance, the offense ran 11 plays for a total of 25 yards.
After the game, Lance took responsibility for the incompletions to both Deebo Samuel and Mohamed Sanu early in the game, and shared how they were a good experience for him to go through.
“I think the first two [drives], honestly for me, confidence-wise and mentally went a lot better probably than they looked,” Lance said. “The one to Deebo just missed him a little bit behind him and then the tipped ball that I threw to Mo, coming inside — the same thing.
“I knew I missed a similar throw, an end-cut to Deebo. Missed it a little behind him so I want to make sure I put that in front of him. If I throw Mo a better ball he probably scores on that play, on his birthday.”
The rookie quickly bounced back and executed a six-play, 70-yard touchdown drive to end the first half. Coach Kyle Shanahan has already remarked how Lance very rarely makes the same mistake twice and Sunday night was a good example.
In the second half, after another short four-play, 11-yard series, Lance kept the offense on the field for an 11-play touchdown drive to cap his night at SoFi Stadium.
“I was frustrated for sure,” Lance said. “But at the same time I learned so much from each of those drives. I think that it was easy to turn the page and I think I was just as confident from that point on as I was throughout the game.”