Trey Lance has an opportunity to shine if he starts Week 17 in Jimmy Garoppolo’s place

In Trey Lance’s first and solely begin of the season, he dropped again on a first-and-10 at his personal 35-yard line on the finish of the primary quarter and faked a handoff in opposition to a four-man Cardinals entrance that had added an additional blitzing defender simply earlier than the snap.

Along with his three seconds in the pocket, he was ready to see the fruits of the Kyle Shanahan system laid out in entrance of him. The tight finish was open on a modified wheel-type route to his blind aspect, forcing the outermost Cardinals defender in the center of their zone to maintain an eye on him. Kyle Juszczyk popped out on the proper time and flashed in order to freeze one other Cardinals defender in the middle of their zone and power him to stand pat. This allowed Lance to take a look at the interaction between large receivers Deebo Samuel and Travis Benjamin. Having already established earlier in the sport the willingness to attempt Benjamin on some intermediate and deep throws, he had the respect of the Cardinals’ secondary, which floated a second defender with Benjamin on a go route. As a result of so many Cardinals defenders had been already conflicted by different choices, Lance adopted Samuel as he ran the quintessential Shanahan-ian route: an in-breaker that primarily sliced the Cardinals’ protection in half. Samuel was behind the middle-tier defenders who had been already conflicted by Juszczyk and the tight finish (making an attempt to positively determine him by way of GamePass was tougher than recognizing million-year-old shards of fossilized dinosaur bones in the Sahara) and in entrance of the Cardinals’ deep-tier defenders chasing Benjamin as if he had taken their bicycle.

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