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49ers’ George Kittle makes bold claims about Trey Lance’s arm

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Over the past 15 days, there have been some revealing reports about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance.

One: NFL insider Matt Lombardo reported May 5 that he was told that “the 49ers’ staff was constantly underchallenged by Trey Lance.”

Second, the latest revealing details came from former NFL lineman and Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 winner Ryan Harris, who reported on Wednesday, May 18 that the 49ers have questioned several elements of Lance’s game, including the “Fitness of His Arm”.

“From players I’ve spoken to and coaches I’ve spoken to who are with the 49ers, Trey Lance really leaves a lot to be desired in terms of the fitness of his arm, whether or not he can digest the playbook really handle the game at a high level,” Harris told CBS Sports HQ’s Tommy Tran.

Lance’s arm and other intangibles have suddenly become a hot trending topic across the NFL online universe. But one man who has watched Lance’s quarterback play in Santa Clara brought up the subject on Friday morning, May 20 on The Pat McAfee Show with his own bold details about the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft: George Kittle.

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Kittle first told the radio personality and former NFL punter that after what the All-Pro tight end saw, Lance “made a few steps forward.”

He then shared the key to Lance’s forward motion, but also added what he had seen of the young signal caller.

“For Trey to be a really good quarterback in the NFL, he needs repetition. So if this boy has a lot of reps just pay attention because some of the things I’ve seen him do in practice are kind of amazing so I’m waiting for that. Kittle said boldly to McAfee.

Lance got his feet wet with two starts in NFL waters last season while going 1-1. Kittle didn’t play in one of Lance’s starts (the first against the Arizona Cardinals on October 10), but caught a pass for 29 yards in the second against the Houston Texans.

But Lance’s situation was nothing like that of his fellow QBs Trevor Lawrence, Zack Wilson and Justin Fields — all three were immediately thrown into the NFL fire. Lance had to watch out behind Jimmy Garoppolo. But Kittle did point out that he saw Lance walk away from Jimmy G.

“Jimmy G takes notes at every meeting. He asks questions at every meeting. He’s in his books. And I think when Trey saw that, he said, “Oh, I have to do all of that and more,” Kittle said.

But there are more benefits Kittle saw for Lance.

“And that’s it, we have great quarterback room. We’ve got Nate Sudfeld in there,” Kittle said. “He’s also great for Trey because he’s a social person. He helps Trey on offense and has done a great job for him all year as well.”

Despite all the criticism that has surfaced online, the People’s Tight End believes Lance has nothing to do with the rookie quarterback, who attended his first organized team activities (OTAs) last year.

“So I think Trey has made huge strides forward,” Kittle said. “If you compare him to last year’s OTAs, I think he’s two different players and that’s just exciting to see.”

Despite all the criticism that has surfaced online, the People’s Tight End believes Lance has nothing to do with the rookie quarterback, who attended his first organized team activities (OTAs) last year.



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