49ers rookie quarterback Trey Lance is stepping into the NFL crucible in Week 5, with his first career start coming against the first-place and unbeaten Arizona Cardinals.
But to hear Lance tell it, he's not feeling especially overwhelmed by the moment.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, after his seemingly inevitable starting assignment was officially confirmed with the announcement that starter Jimmy Garoppolo would be sidelined with a calf injury, Lance sounded like he's ready to roll despite having only four games and a few dozen snaps on his professional resume.
"I feel very prepared, though," Lance said when asked about being thrown into the fire. "I really do."
The North Dakota State product, listed at 6'4" and 225 pounds, has impressed in his relatively few opportunities, throwing three touchdown passes while completing 10-of-19 attempts in spot duty. He's also scored one touchdown on the ground.
The Niners boldly moved up in the draft to select Lance with the third overall pick. Already, the time has arrived for an early test of whether it was worth it.
Whether Lance can take the job and run with it, or at least for a difficult decision when Garoppolo returns, remains to be seen. But that's a "good problem" that would surely be welcome by the 49ers and coach Kyle Shanahan.