REASON #1: WINNING OVER EVERYTHING
The most important thing in the NFL is winning. Which position you were drafted in or which impressive stat you can boast does not matter if you don’t win. While Trey Lance can be prideful that he was drafted third overall in 2021 it will not change the fact that when he has been available* to play he has not been winning.
Lance has only actually started in three games in his two year career (Bears 2022, Texans 2022, Cardinals 2021) and he came in at halftime against the Seahawks in 2021. As a starter Lance went 1-2 and if you want to include the halftime appearance he went 1-3. Lance has no postseason experience despite the 49ers being a consistent threat in the playoffs since his arrival.
Lance has not been available due to injury. He has not been able to compete against his fellow quarterbacks this far in training camp and is the third stringer heading into August. Worst of all, he is not a winner.
Trey Lance is still not a bust and should not receive that label. However, if he stays on the bench in 2023 he will be. What is almost worst is that if he does play but cannot win games or improve as a quarterback significantly he will deserve the title of a “bust.” We will all be watching Trey in 2023 to see if he can carve out a new identity for himself before he lands in a very unfavorable category.