NFL Rumors: Brock Purdy Expected to Be 49ers Starting Quarterback in 2023 Over Trey Lance |  News, results, highlights, statistics and rumors

NFL Rumors: Brock Purdy Expected to Be 49ers Starting Quarterback in 2023 Over Trey Lance | News, results, highlights, statistics and rumors

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 14: Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up before a game against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 14, 2023 in Santa Clara, California .  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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After spending his rookie season as a backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Trey Lance could find himself in a similar role in 2023.

For miguel silver of the San Francisco ChronicleTwo people with knowledge of the 49ers’ plans confirmed that Brock Purdy is expected to be the starting quarterback over Lance next season.

Lance was the starter for San Francisco in 2022, but a broken ankle suffered in a Week 2 win over the Seattle Seahawks ended his season. He underwent follow-up surgery in December to remove some stabilizing hardware in his ankle that was irritating a tendon.

He is expected to make a full recovery and be ready to play when the 49ers begin organized team activities in the spring.

Purdy, who was the final pick in the 2022 NFL draft, became the backup quarterback behind Jimmy Garoppolo after Lance went down. The 23-year-old made the training camp roster after beating out Nate Sudfeld for the No. 3 quarterback job.

After playing a handful of snaps in a few blowout games earlier in the season, Purdy came into action when Garoppolo suffered a broken foot in Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins. He responded by playing remarkably well with 1,098 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and a 68.6 percent completion rate in five starts to end the regular season.

In San Francisco’s playoff opener against the Seattle Seahawks, Purdy overcame a shaky start to finish 18-of-30 passing for 332 yards and four total touchdowns in a 41-23 victory at Levi’s Stadium.

The 49ers have scored at least 37 points in each of their last four games.

While the jury is far out on Lance, the 49ers paid a steep price to select him in the 2021 NFL draft. They traded four picks to the Dolphins, including first-round picks in 2022 and 2023, to get the No. 3 for Lance.

Lance has been an unfortunate victim of bad luck. The 22-year-old hasn’t played consistently since the 2019 season at North Dakota State. He only played one game in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 49ers drafted Lance with the idea of ​​having him sit behind Garoppolo for a year before taking over as the starter. He made two starts as a rookie when Garoppolo was hurt.

It’s hard to argue that Purdy shouldn’t be the starter based on his and the team’s success. Lance could still be given a chance to compete for the job in training camp and preseason, or the 49ers could try to win back some draft picks if they decide to explore trade opportunities for the young signal caller.

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