“It was the right spot to go with the ball both times,” Shanahan noted. “Deebo went by his guy and he made a perfect throw in stride. And then the one to Kittle was pretty good coverage but he gave him an opportunity ball and Kittle went up and made a play.”
Lance got reps with the second unit as Shanahan had promised on Tuesday, with Jimmy Garoppolo entrenched as the team’s No. 1 QB to start the season.
”There’s no open competition right now in terms of getting equal reps with the same group,” Shanahan said. “Jimmy is coming in as the (No.) 1 and Trey is coming in as the 2.”
The coach did leave open the possibility of using the dual-threat Lance in specific situations, however.
“When you do have a quarterback who has the threat to run and who can make throws, that’s something that I would love to use,” Shanahan said.
Lance, 21, led North Dakota State to the 2019 FCS national title, throwing for 28 touchdowns and rushing for 14 more without a single interception. He earned the Walter Payton Award as the FCS’s top offensive player in ’19.
“He played the position like he’s been doing it for a while, even though he didn’t (play) a ton in college,” Shanahan praised. “That’s one of the things we were impressed with.”
Lance’s deal leaves New York Jets QB Zach Wilson, selected No. 2 overall, as the only remaining unsigned first-round draft pick.