Trey Lance’s leadership on display by welcoming 49ers rookies

Trey Lance requested and received the phone numbers of each of the 49ers’ nine picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Then, he fired off text messages to welcome each of the rookies to the team.

The incumbent, Jimmy Garoppolo, remains on the 49ers’ roster. He continues to undergo an anticipated four months of physical therapy in Southern California after he underwent right shoulder surgery on March 8.

Lance is the 49ers’ presumptive starting quarterback for the 2022 season. Nate Sudfeld, whom the 49ers signed this offseason to a fully guaranteed $2 million contract, appears to be in line to serve as the backup.

Garoppolo’s situation remains completely unsettled. The 49ers insist Garoppolo could remain with the team for the final year of his contract. Nobody has ruled out the notion he could be the starter.

But Lance, 22, is certainly acting the part of a team leader during the offseason program in Santa Clara.

Lance and Sudfeld met the newcomers, including seventh-round draft pick Brock Purdy, last week at the team’s rookie camp. Lance even stood on the practice field to watch the young players go through practice on Friday, according to reports.

“I’ve met Trey Lance and Nate Sudfeld,” said Purdy, a four-year starting quarterback at Iowa State and the final pick in the draft. “They’ve just been welcoming me with open arms and been great guys so far, and I know that those are the kind of people…

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