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Trey Lance: Being around Patrick Mahomes was awesome

Chris Simms tells Mike Florio why Sam Darnold has all the tools to thrive with the 49ers offense, earning him No. 27 on his Top 40 QB Countdown.

49ers quarterback Trey Lance may be on the proverbial outside looking in when it comes to being San Francisco’s starter.

But he still was able to pick up some useful information when working out with Patrick Mahomes this offseason.

Lance spent time with Mahomes in April. The No. 3 pick of the 2021 draft said this week that the time together helped him.

“Being able to be around Patrick was awesome,” Lance said, via Matt Maiocco of “Just picking his brain, learning about just the type of guy he is, how he spends his free time, offseason, and then more about his in-season schedule as well.”

But Lance was also able to glean plenty from watching how things unfolded last year with Jimmy Garoppolo and Brock Purdy behind center for San Francisco.

“I learned a ton,” Lance said. “I was able to focus on the right things. Just having a better idea, even better this year coming into year three of what is expected of me, how to run the offense, being able to watch Jimmy and Brock play at such a high level.”

At this point, Lance is essentially competing with Sam Darnold to be the 49ers backup quarterback behind Purdy for 2023. While San Francisco has reportedly fielded trade calls on Lance, the club doesn’t seem to be inclined to move him elsewhere at this point.