Lance welcomes advice from 49ers legend Young ‘with open arms'


SANTA CLARA -- Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young asserted last week he has “100-percent confidence” in Trey Lance’s ability to process all the information required to play at the highest level.

Young has a good handle on Lance’s thought process after the two men have spoken multiple times this offseason. And any time Young has something to say, Lance said his ears are open.

“We got to talk a decent amount,” Lance said on Tuesday after the first day of the 49ers' mandatory minicamp. “Obviously, a guy like that, it means the world any time he says anything about me. I have nothing but respect for a guy like that, everything that he’s done and having been in this building and playing for this organization.

“For me, I’m going to take everything I possibly can from a guy like that. Anything he has to say, anything he has to offer me, I’m welcoming that with open arms.”

Lance is in line to take over as the 49ers’ starting quarterback this season after the organization selected him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Speaking last week at the Dwight Clark Legacy Series event in Walnut Creek, Young offered his insight into Lance’s development.

“I have 100-percent confidence that Trey will figure out where to throw it,” Young said. “The challenge for Trey is once he knows, then how to deliver it, and that's another great talent that you have to have and develop."

Lance showed good accuracy on the practice field Tuesday. During 11-on-11 drills, Lance completed nine of his 11 pass attempts, including a beautiful strike to well-covered tight end Tanner Hudson down the deep middle of the field.

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Lance said a lot of the focus this offseason away from Santa Clara has been on his lower-body mechanics. He changed his grip on the football as a result of a hairline fracture to his right index finger last summer. He said he has not changed much about his throwing motion.

“For me, it’s about getting it out with accuracy,” Lance said. “It’s a different working away from the building because you’re working primarily as a thrower, not necessarily as a quarterback. So it’s little things you change when you get back here from a timing standpoint and from an eyes standpoint, little things like that. But it was no major changes for me.

“If I’m throwing to a good spot, I’m throwing to a good spot. I know the receivers will love to catch it.”

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