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The NFL Network’s James Jones believes we’ll talk about Trey Lance, just as we do Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers in his time.
If Trey Lance is going to be the next Patrick Mahomes or Aaron Rodgers, then let’s give James Jones of the NFL Network some credit for sticking his neck out there by going out on that limb.
2022 was to be Lance’s first season as the San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback. The 49ers thought so highly of him that they gave up the farm to take him No. 3 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft out of North Dakota State, based solely on a year of FCS collegiate production. Although the upside may very well be there, let’s just let him play ball and not compare him to NFL legends yet …
“I think he’s going to be in that category, years down, and talk about him like we’re talking about Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers,” Jones said on the NFL Network study set.
James Jones sees the potential of Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers in Trey Lance
For the record, can we PLEASE stop comparing young quarterbacks to the greats and talents of all time? Lance becomes what Lance wants to be, for better or worse. But comparing him to the best quarterback talent since probably Dan Marino and the four-time reigning NFL MVP is just pure madness at this point. Let’s see if Lance can take control of the attack and win NFC West first …
What’s a little worrying is only recently that the narrative around Lance as the guy has changed. During Mahomes’ rookie season, everyone and their brother talked passionately about Alex Smith’s backup. Rodgers would have been the Green Bay Packers starter before if Brett Favre had not made a fight out of it by retiring and then retiring, one training camp after another.
The best Lance can do is be the leader of men like his predecessor Jimmy Garoppolo was, but a far more talented version of him. Garoppolo certainly had his limitations as a franchise quarterback, but his teammates loved him because he was one of the guys. Lance may be, but he has the steepest learning curve of any quarterback in the first round of his draft class.
Lance may quite be the guy, but these premature Mahomes and Rodgers comparisons must stop.