Chris Simms is claiming something really controversial this week.
Trey Lance has been viewed as a raw prospect since the San Francisco 49ers drafted him with the third overall pick last year, but even though the team has plans to trade Jimmy G, it still doesn’t feel like the franchise is entirely confident about handing over the team to Lance.
Simms feels they are “scared” to formally give Lance the job.
“Are they scared a little bit?” Simms said on Pro Football Talk Live this week, via SI.com’s Grant Cohn. “Of course they are.”
He then pointed to the concerns he heard coming out of Niners training camp last year.
“Anybody you talk to who saw training camp last year,” Simms said, “either that was part of the 49ers staff or when they went and worked with the Los Angeles Chargers and you hear people who witnessed those practices, there had to be concerns coming out of San Francisco early on in the year last year. I know there was. There were too many people who were like, ‘Man, the ball is everywhere; man, he’s not ready yet.’ That’s got to scare them to a degree.”
Garoppolo’s shoulder surgery has slowed trade talks to a halt, but it may benefit the team to keep him onboard should Lance falter behind center this year.
Lance, meanwhile, saw two spot starts in place of an injured Jimmy Garoppolo but spent most of his inaugural NFL season developing behind the scenes.
Lance finished the season throwing for 603 yards, five touchdown passes and two interceptions while completing 57.7 percent of his throws.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.