SANTA CLARA — Since the 49ers wrapped up the exhibition season four weeks ago, rookie quarterback Trey Lance has remained mostly behind the scenes.
Lance played four snaps in the 49ers’ season opener against the Detroit Lions. He ran three times for minimal yardage, and his only pass attempt went for a 5-yard touchdown to Trent Sherfield.
He spent the entire game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2 on the sideline.
On Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers, Lance could again be asked to mix into the game in a supporting role to starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
“He’s always got a chance to play each week,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said of Lance on 49ers Game Plan. “Normally, a backup only has a chance with injury. We know if there is an injury, he’ll be in there for a while.
“But when you have some plays you can do and some situational stuff, he’s got a chance every week to be in there. And that’s why he’s always up and staying into it.”
Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and the future quarterback of the franchise, is learning the week-to-week process of being an NFL player, Shanahan said.
Part of that is working on his skills behind the scenes while running the scout team against the 49ers’ first-team defense. He has made good use of his prep time, Shanahan said.
“The way he comes in…