San Francisco general manager John Lynch said Wednesday that "the early returns are really good" after Purdy (elbow) resumed throwing this week, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Trey Lance and Sam Darnold will likely take most of the practice reps this spring and possibly into training camp, but both Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have suggested Purdy is the favorite to top the depth chart once healthy, with Lynch referring to the Iowa State product as the "leader in the clubhouse" on two occasions. Coming back from offseason UCL surgery, Purdy reportedly is a bit ahead of schedule and could be ready in time for Week 1 of his second NFL season.

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