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49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo must feel a bit safer after Kyle Shanahan’s intriguing decision vs. Eagles

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Those expecting to see Trey Lance on the field in Week 2’s matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles did not get what they wished for, with San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan opting to ride with Jimmy Garoppolo from beginning to end of the team’s 17-11 road victory.

Lance made his regular-season debut back in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, where he appeared briefly to complete a pass for a touchdown in a 41-33 win. That Lance was able to appear in that game surely gave some 49ers fans the idea that perhaps Shanahan was going to give the rookie even more time to shine under center the following week. Instead, Shanahan kept Lance chilling on the bench against the Eagles.

Shanahan was asked about the absence of snaps for Lance following the Eagles game and offered an explanation for it.

Via Josh Schrock of NBC Sports:

“No, I never have a plan that ‘Hey, I’m going to use him or I’m not going to use him.’ It’s always an option throughout the game,” Shanahan told reporters Monday. “It’s been two games and I’ve never had him in the openers and I’ve never had him as a designated time. I plan on doing that week-to-week and whenever I feel like putting him in. You saw when I did in Week 1 and I never got that urge in Week 2.”

Lance was previously thought to be a serious threat to the 49ers starting gig of Garoppolo, but with how the latter has been performing and leading San Francisco to wins, don’t expect anything to change in the team’s QB pecking order.