BY STEVEN VAUGHAN, 750 The Game
The NFC championship game didn’t go as planned for the San Francisco 49ers this past season, but a lot of it had to do with the injury to rookie sensation, Brock Purdy. Purdy was excellent leading up to the game. He had thrown for 1,374 yards and 13 touchdowns in nine regular season games. But in the NFC Championship game, Purdy went out because of an elbow injury early in the first quarter which led to an Eagles win.
With former number three overall pick Trey Lance on the roster, the question is: who is going to start for the 49ers?
GM John Lynch at the NFL owner’s meetings said, “I think Brock has earned the right with the way he played that he’s probably the leader in the clubhouse at that. I’ll let Kyle make those kinds of decisions but I know when we talk, Brock has probably earned that right to be the guy. If we were to line up, he’d probably take that first snap.”
Purdy needed surgery on the elbow because of the injury and had successful surgery on his UCL on March 10. The 49ers are hoping that Purdy can be back for training camp, but it is still unknown the exact timeframe for Purdy who did avoid Tommy John surgery. Lance will be only 23 years old when the season starts and he should be fully recovered from knee surgery that cost him his season this past year.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the 49ers, even with all the injury concerns at quarterback, are the second favorite to win next year’s Super Bowl with +700 odds, right behind the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, who are at +600.