Seahawks fans around the country and the world rejoiced Tuesday, hearing the news that Jimmy Garoppolo is entering 49ers camp as the clear-cut starter over first-round pick Trey Lance, who has still yet to sign his rookie contract.
Kyle Shanahan made it clear that there is no quarterback competition at training camp, for now. Jimmy Garoppolo is the starter and rookie Trey Lance is the backup - who remains unsigned. John Lynch was hopeful that would be done soon. #49ers— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) July 27, 2021
Of course, Shanahan left the door open for Lance to potentially win the job during camp — saying that there is no competition “for now,” but the news confirms what many around the league already thought: the Niners would likely be slowly bringing Lance up to speed in the NFL, with Garoppolo filling in in the meantime.
Garoppolo was awful against Seattle last year, but he was pulled from the game due to injury. Yet, even when fully healthy, Garoppolo is no more than a slightly above average quarterback, at best. He also does not have the athleticism and running ability which has often caused problems for the Seahawks (see Kyler Murray, Lamar Jackson), the same ability which has made Seahawks fans somewhat apprehensive about the arrival of Lance.
With training camp just starting today, a lot can change between now and the regular season, but I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing Jimmy at least once in 2021.