Brandon Allen‘s signing gives the 49ers four veteran quarterbacks, and the former Joe Burrow backup is on San Francisco’s roster due largely to Brock Purdy‘s offseason rehab process. By the time the 49ers convene for training camp, however, they might actually have everyone available.
Purdy’s timeline to return from UCL surgery has gone through some early twists, beginning with the operation itself being delayed. While Kyle Shanahan previously indicated his projected starter was not a lock to begin the regular season on time, the seventh-year HC’s current situational assessment is a bit more optimistic. Shanahan expects Purdy to be back by training camp, David Lombardi of The Athletic tweets.
Purdy underwent an internal brace procedure March 10. Although the Iowa State product avoided Tommy John surgery, his path to full clearance was believed to have an endpoint approximately six months from the operation. Barring setbacks, the 49ers do not seem overly concerned Purdy will be available for their regular-season opener. Purdy remains expected to begin throwing in June, and Shanahan does not anticipate his January injury to compromise his long-term trajectory as a passer.
The 49ers finished last season in a historically rare situation, seeing four quarterbacks go down with injuries. They now have Allen, Trey Lance and Sam Darnold ready for OTAs. Last year’s Mr. Irrelevant clearly has the edge as San Francisco’s starter, but Shanahan did point out (via the San Jose Mercury News’ Cam Inman) Lance can close the gap between he and Purdy with a good offseason.
Lance emerged in trade rumors before the draft, and while the 49ers may have been gauging the prospective interest in the former No. 3 overall pick, John Lynch said post-draft he addressed the rumors with his demoted passer. Last year’s unquestioned starter at this point, Lance did not make it out of Week 2 unscathed. He has since undergone two surgeries to repair a fractured ankle. Shanahan added that Lance’s 2021 finger injury lingered into the 2022 offseason.
The North Dakota State product, who has all of 420 in-game pass attempts since graduating high school, looms as a wild card on the 49ers’ quarterback depth chart. Darnold would represent the more traditional Purdy insurance, given his experience. But the 49ers will go into their OTA sessions with he and Lance as their top options. Potential intrigue that comes from Darnold working in Shanahan’s offense notwithstanding, Lance’s status will easily be the most interesting QB component during the 49ers’ offseason work.
13 comments on “49ers Expect QB Brock Purdy Back By Training Camp”
“Shanahan does not anticipate his January injury to compromise his long-term trajectory as a passer”
Yeah, because every surgery has a 100% success rate – just ask Taylor Lewan.
Wow High, could you have chosen a less comparable example. First of all, I doubt you know more than the 49ers,the coach, the player and his doctor. Second, Lewan is 31 and Purdy is 23. Lewan has already had several injuries and his latest KNEE surgery happened recently. Knee in caps cause recovery for knees is way different. You don’t walk on your elbows. Lewans surgeon is Andrews. He has a high success rate. Lewans lawsuit is likely rare for Andrews,so even if Lewan wins, it will represent a tiny percentage of unsuccessful surgeries. At 31, and after PED use by Lewan and drunk driving episodes, I’m gonna guess Lewans body is not compatmrable to Purdys. Lastly, your Shanahan quote mentioned “long term trajectory”. That in and of itself makes for your Lewan reference to be irrelevant–a lousy comparison using a knee from a large bodied 31 year old.
Four veteran qbs? Is a player a veteran as long as they’re not a rookie?
That’s a Purdy good question.
That’s PURDY good news !!
This would be the BEST team in the NFL if they hadn’t wasted those picks on Lance. The only silver lining is Purdy. What could they even get for Lance? A future 3rd?
I think they’d be asking a ton for Lance being that his contract is fully guaranteed.
Maybe this would be the BEST team if Lance didn’t get hurt. kid has major ceiling like Hurts.
Still could see him take over later this season. I’m not sold on Purdy longterm, but was impressive in limited action as a rookie
They would welcome just getting his contract off the books. Lance, unfortunately, is in a pretty bad situation now for his career going forward.
I’m fairly certain there’s no way of removing the contract from their books.
thus why they’d prob be seeking at least a 1st .. if not 2.
Not the signing bonus, but they would be able to get rid of the next two seasons of guaranteed money that Lance is owed.
link to overthecap.com
if they trade him post June 1, they can save a bit more then 4 million on the cap.
Pudry vs Kenny week 1
2 best sophomore QBs