No. 5 QB Trey Lance
No. 5 QB Trey Lance

Every player has said this sentence before:

Every time you step on an NFL field, you have something to prove. What you’ve done before doesn’t matter.

That’s true. But what a player has done – or hasn’t done – before he steps on the field sets a foundation. It determines how he is viewed by the organization and the public, and where he ranks in the team’s pecking order.

So yes, some players have more to prove than others. These are the players who will arguably have the most to prove to the Cowboys this season.

In 5th place …

Player: Trey Lance

Position: quarterback

Age: 24

Draft Class: First round (No. 3) in 2021

Season 2023: The Cowboys traded up a fourth-round pick to sign him on the eve of the team’s final preseason game, meaning he got a glimpse of Mike McCarthy’s offense during the regular season.

It should come as no surprise that he was inactive all season, listed as the team’s third emergency quarterback for every game.

The Cowboys’ battle for the second quarterback is tough, but Trey Lance wants to win it. Can he aim even higher?

Outlook: Lance came into the league with tremendous promise. San Francisco gave up a lot to be in a position to recruit him.

The fact that the 49ers moved on so quickly is a testament to how good Brock Purdy has become and how little Lance has developed.

Lance spent two full seasons in San Francisco. He played in eight games, started four times, and won two of them. The quarterback’s career numbers entering this season: He completed 54.9 percent of his passes for 797 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions.

That’s the point. Lance didn’t play that much in college either. Although he was undefeated at North Dakota State, he started just 17 games in his career. He was drafted based on his performance in 2019, when he completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 2,786 yards with 28 touchdown passes and no interceptions. That same season, he rushed for 1,100 yards with 14 touchdowns.

He was once considered the future of the 49ers, but Cowboys quarterback Trey Lance is starting a new chapter in his career

Lance simply hasn’t played as much as most quarterbacks at his position at this stage of his career, and he’s not expected to play much, if at all, during the regular season, so his development will be critical in training camp and the preseason, where he should get plenty of plays.

The Cowboys declined his fifth-year option, meaning the young quarterback will be a free agent at the end of the season. He will have to show a lot in the next few months to secure a spot in the league.

Quote: “My mindset hasn’t really changed. I haven’t really approached this offseason any differently. I’m just going out there and controlling what I can control, continuing to learn the offense and continuing to work with these guys and the coaching staff.

“I’ve learned a lot about myself, who I am on and off the field. I feel like I’ve had my best time this offseason, mentally, physically and spiritually. Just knowing who I am, where I am, and being able to be the best.”

– Cowboys quarterback Trey Lance

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