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Deebo Samuel is a Trey Lance loyalist.
The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver discussed the young quarterback with NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Maurice Jones-Drew and said the improvement is noticeable as he gains more experience during training camp.
“He’s getting better every day,” Samuel said. “It’s his first year really being the offense guy, so it’s going to take time.”
San Francisco traded Lance for the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and he appeared in six games as a rookie with two starts. While he was inconsistent at 57.7 percent completion rate, he had five touchdown passes to two interceptions and added 168 yards and a score on the ground.
Lance’s ability to use his feet is one of the things that separates him from incumbent Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers have made it clear that they look to the future and begin the second year that the signal calls.
As Samuel discussed, Lance’s ability to live up to expectations could be the difference between a Super Bowl run and a disappointing campaign for San Francisco.
Besides, he’s surrounded by talent in Samuel, George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk and a strong rushing attack. There is also a formidable defense at his position with the likes of Nick Bosa and Fred Warner leading the way.
The team made the NFC Championship Game last season with Garoppolo under center as the game manager with 20 touchdown passes to 12 interceptions.
Lance can raise the Niners’ ceiling by being more of a playmaker with the ball in his hands. However, he will need to continue to work on his accuracy as he prepares for his first season as a starter.
To hear Samuel tell it, that improvement happens on a daily basis.