Transcript: 49ers’ Trey Lance speaks ahead of home opener against Seahawks – Oroville Mercury-Register

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SANTA CLARA — Trey Lance has “turned the page” on the 49ers’ season-opening loss at Chicago, even though wet weather could follow him and the 49ers into Sunday’s home opener against Seattle.
One carryover effect that apparently isn’t bothering him too much is a sore neck. He looked fine in practice Wednesday and showed no hindrance from the pains he endured among his 13 carries and two sacks at Soldier Field.
“I felt fine. My neck, honestly, was a little sore,” Lance said of how he felt Monday. “That was the first thing, because I don’t get hit at all throughout the year. So other guys get to build up and get their necks ready for the season. Other than that, I feel good.”
Here is what else Lance had to say in his pre-practice media session:
On what he saw from Sunday’s film:
“Similar to what I said (postgame). I missed a few early and whoever was ahead going into a two-minute drive in that fourth quarter was going to be in a tough situation.
“We made too many mistakes early, I missed too many early. Turned the page on that.
On his detailed self-critique after the game:
“I’m the only one who touches the ball, other than the center, every single play. It’s my decision most of the time where the ball goes, how it gets there, pre-snap, and getting us in the right play, run game, pass game, right call, right protections.
“I make most of the decisions, other than the play call with Kyle, I see there’s always pretty much a better answer. For me going back and watching the tape, there’s always a better answer, unless we do make an explosive and I do make the right play. Ball placement, things that can get us to third-and-2 than third-and-4 …
“Watching film, whether it’s practice or the game, it’s where I learn every rep, little things can make all the difference.”
On if he’s had a coach tell him not to make excuses:
“No, it’s kind of common sense. I touch the ball every single play. What I do with it, makes all the difference, short term and long term.”
On biggest difference in running between college and the NFL:
“That I’m not bigger, faster, and stronger than pretty much everyone else. Guys catch up a lot quicker, spaces fill, guys close a lot faster and I have to learn to protect myself being in different situations, how important it is for me to stay healthy.”
“Guys come downhill and don’t hestitate. That’s one of the biggest things for me, especially running laterally, to protect myself.”
On how he’s progressing as a runner:
“I’m continuing to grow. There’s always going to be better decisions I can make. On Sunday, I thought I protected myself pretty well. I felt good for the most part. Maybe a couple I could have gotten down one step faster, or slashed and find and edge to get down.
“When I’m running between the tackles or running on third down, I’m not ever going to slide and go fourth-and-2 and give up on the play and send our defense on the field.”
On the Seahawks’ defense in their first game:
“They play fast. They’re a little bit different schematically. A stout interior line, linebackers play fast, and (Quandre) Diggs is still one of the best safeties in the game.”
On young running backs’ growth:
“They’ve grown up a lot, really fast, off the field, specifically just how they take care of their bodies. Ty’s around a lot. J.P., I’m getting to know him more and more every day. They both came to work and meetings locked in, taking notes, asking questions. Off the field, they’ve definitely learned to be pros, from Elijah, Jeff and Juice.”
On how much it helps having George Kittle on the field:
“High-energy guy. He’s still around the building. Hopefully we get him back this week. Everybody can see what he does with the ball in his hands. People don’t always see what he does in the run game and from an energy standpoint. It’d be great to get him back, if we get him back this week.”
On getting Brandon Aiyuk more touches:
“It’s kind of what the defense dictates with the concepts. He’s made some big plays and had a great training camp. I still have all the trust in the world in him. I know you guys freak out when B.A. only has a few touches. It’s not like we go into a game and say, ‘OK, we’re going to get Deebo the ball eight-times plus.’ Obviously Deebo gets more touches because he’s in the run game. B.A., for sure, he’s a huge weapon for us.”
On his tight pass to Ray-Ray McCloud:
“Going back and watching the tape, I could have made it on one hitch instead of two. It would have made it look a lot easier. He made a great catch. Same throw I threw to B.A., another high cross on the first drive. Ray-Ray’s done a great job and being able to trust those guys, how consistently they’ve run their routes and gotten to their landmarks, it makes it easier for me.”
On extra zip on that pass?
“It was more of a layered ball. The ball was heavy at that point. It was one of those throws I need to make more of in the first half.”
On why touch throws aren’t automatic?
“Not using the weather as an excuse, but in that weather, catch and throw are some of hardest throws because you don’t know what the ball is going to feel like. When you take a five- or seven-step drop, you feel the ball, spin the ball or find a dry spot or find a spot where it’s not a disaster.
“Yeah, there were some ugly ones out there on Sunday, for sure. I’m not blaming it on the ball. I’ll continue to work and get more consistent. Hopefully we’re not playing too many games in those conditions like that fourth quarter.”
On how wet the ball was?
“We run a play, guy catches it and drops it in a puddle. They rotate the balls in and out. Our equipment staff does a great job getting us the driest ball we can with the 12 seconds we get.”
On if he tries wearing gloves?
“Last year, I did a few times. I didn’t this (last) week, because I didn’t think it would get to that point. I don’t know, honestly, if a glove would have saved me.”
On if he’ll practice this week throwing water-downed footballs?
“For sure, we’ll throw wet balls later in week. It’s not something we’re worried about. The first half, we had every opportunity in the world. That fourth-quarter situation was different.
On how it’s different being at home in terms of comfort or stress?
“I just turn the page on last week. This week, we’re locked in. Obviously travel is different. From a mental standpoint and preparation standpoint, everything is this same.”
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