Lance trade highlights 49ers’ trust in Purdy and Darnold originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
As much as the 49ers bosses wanted to see the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft succeed in the Bay Area, Purdy did enough in his eight starts as a rookie to send Lance to the Dallas Cowboys for a fourth-round pick.
Purdy won eight straight starts after taking over with injury. Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 13 of the 2022 NFL season. Coach Kyle Shanahan and the locker room never looked back.
even after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament In the NFC Championship Game in January, the 49ers promised that Purdy would start again under center once he was healthy.
With Lance still on the roster, the 49ers brought in reinforcements during the offseason by adding quarterback Sam Darold to the mix. The 26-year-old was selected as the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the new york jets. In 2021, the USC product was marketed to the carolina panthers where he spent two seasons before his arrival in the Bay Area.
While Darnold might not have the most successful record as a starter (21-34), he impressed the 49ers enough. to win the supporting role behind Brock Purdy. On Friday afternoon, in the club’s last pre-season matchup against Los Angeles Chargersthe quarterback showed off his impressive arm skills.
Darnold fired a deep 34-yard pass to the right sideline in the perfect spot for the receiver. Chris Conley to drag. Later in the game, the quarterback found the veteran receiver heavily covered. Willie Snead IV in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.
The 49ers quarterback room is complete with a 30-year-old player Brandon Allenbefore the cincinnati bengals, who saw a greater number of reps at the start of training camp. While it seemed like an unbalanced distribution at the time, there seems to be a reason behind it. Purdy still hadn’t gotten his full strength back and the club wanted to see what the veteran was capable of.
After a season in which the 49ers saw four different quarterbacks under center in 2022, Shanahan and general manager John Lynch understand the importance of having reliable backups at the ready.
Trading Lance to the Cowboys indicates they think they have what they need in Purdy, Lance and Allen.