Trey Lance has been viewed as a raw prospect since the San Francisco 49ers drafted him with the third overall pick last year. It is still difficult to get a read on whether the Niners plan to name him their starter next season, and Chris Simms has a theory on why the team has been hesitant.

The obvious reason is that the 49ers have yet to trade Jimmy Garoppolo. However, Simms feels they are “scared” to formally give Lance the job.

“Are they scared a little bit?” Simms said on Pro Football Talk Live this week, via’s Grant Cohn. “Of course they are.”