|Team:||San Francisco 49ers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 199 lb.|
|Born:||March 21, 1995|
|Drafted:||2017 / UDFA|
Mullens will serve as San Francisco's No. 3 quarterback during Sunday's contest against the Dolphins, while C.J. Beathard backs up Jimmy Garoppolo, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Mullens' unfortunate two-interception performance against the Eagles in Week 4 has led to his descent on the depth chart, and he may not even end up active versus the Dolphins. The 25-year-old has impressed on the field in the past, particularly back in 2018 when he started eight contests, so it's possible that he could end up retaking the No. 2 role from Beathard at some point.
Mullens was benched for C.J. Beathard in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Eagles, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. He completed 18 of 26 passes for 200 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions while also losing a fumble prior to the benching.
Analysis: Mullens put the 49ers up 14-8 in the third quarter with a five-yard touchdown pass to George Kittle, but he let the Eagles seize control in the fourth quarter with a pair of costly turnovers. He lost a fumble on his own 42, which led to an Eagles touchdown on the ensuing drive, then threw a pick-six on the first play of San Francisco's next drive. It will be up to Beathard to navigate San Franciso's fourth-quarter comeback attempt, and he could take over for Mullens moving forward while Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) recovers from his injury.
Mullens will make another start Sunday against the Eagles, this time with George Kittle and Deebo Samuel in the lineup, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Analysis: Mullens replaced an injured Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) last week and threw for 343 yards and a touchdown in a 36-9 win over the Giants, spreading the ball around to Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne, Jordan Reed and Jerick McKinnon, among others. Reed is now on injured reserve with a knee sprain, but his absence will be more than offset by Kittle and Samuel rejoining the team. The Eagles have been mediocre defending the pass this year, ranking 10th in net yards per attempt (5.9), 23rd in DVOA and 14th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. In any case, coach Kyle Shanahan made it clear Garoppolo will retake the starting role once he's healthy, saying "that scenario doesn't exist" when he was asked if Mullens could earn the job on a more permanent basis, per David Lombardi of The Athletic.
Mullens completed 25 of 36 passes for 343 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the 49ers' 36-9 win over the Giants on Sunday. He also netted zero yards on four rushes.
Analysis: Stepping in for Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), Mullens apparently drew upon his prior starting experience in his teammate's stead back in 2018 to put together an outstanding performance. The third-year signal-caller showed an excellent command of coach Kyle Shanahan's offense by connecting with 10 different pass catchers, with rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk leading the way with a 5-70 line. Garoppolo could potentially be ready to return for a Sunday night Week 4 battle against the Eagles, but Mullens' caliber of performance in Week 3 certainly gives the coaching staff confidence he can step in and perform if called upon again.
Mullens will start Sunday's game against the Giants, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: The 25-year-old has been taking first-team reps at practice this week with Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) sidelined, and he'll receive his first start since 2019 now that Garoppolo has been ruled out. Mullens completed eight of 11 passes for 71 yards with one interceptions when filling in last week but he should be more prepared with a full week of practice. He averaged 284.6 passing yards, 1.6 touchdowns and 1.3 interceptions over eight starts in 2018.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that Mullens "most likely" will start Sunday's game against the Giants, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The 49ers aren't quite ready to rule out Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), but Shanahan did say his starting quarterback isn't expected to practice this week. Mullens threw an interception and took two sacks in Sunday's 31-13 win over the Jets, but he did solid work back in 2018 when he started eight games, averaging 284.6 passing yards, 1.6 TDs and 1.3 INTs while leading the Niners to three of their four wins that season.
Mullens completed eight of 11 passes for 71 yards and an interception after replacing the injured Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) at halftime of Sunday's 31-13 win over the Jets. He also recorded two rushing attempts for minus-2 yards.
Analysis: Garoppolo was limping throughout the first half and San Francisco didn't need to take any chances with the starting quarterback after taking a 21-3 lead into the break, so Mullens got the call after halftime. The 25-year-old backup spent most of his time turning around and handing the ball off, leading one touchdown drive. If Garoppolo can't play against the Giants in Week 3, San Francisco would likely rely on the ground game while using Mullens in a game manager role.
Mullens signed his exclusive rights free agent tender, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: As expected, Mullens will remain with the 49ers after the club tendered him shortly before the new league year. Mullens will stick as Jimmy Garoppolo's backup for at least the upcoming season.
The 49ers tendered Mullens to a one-year contract Thursday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The 24-year-old was seldom-used by the 49ers in 2020, only recording three kneel downs behind Jimmy Garoppolo. Mullens is just one year removed from throwing for 2,277 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2018 after Garoppolo tore his ACL. Mullens is expected to provide stability as the backup heading into the 2020 season.
Mullens only recorded three kneel downs in 2019.
Analysis: Mullens won the backup role behind Jimmy Garoppolo after throwing for 2,277 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his absence in 2018. The latter returned from an ACL tear at full strength this season, which kept the former undrafted free agent on the bench for the team's run to the Super Bowl. Mullens will be an exclusive rights free agent this upcoming offseason, so it will be easy for San Francisco to keep the 24-year-old under contract for one more year as the backup if they so desire.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan announced that Mullens won the backup job behind Jimmy Garoppolo to open the regular season, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: The 49ers opted to keep three quarterbacks on its 53-man roster, but Mullens ended up officially winning the backup job. This announcement comes as no surprise, as the team's deployment of the backups -- combined with Mullens' superior performance last season -- signified that this was the plan all along. Garoppolo is ready to start Week 1 after tearing his ACL last year, but Mullens proved that he can put up some fantasy-worthy numbers should the starter suffer another injury.
Mullens completed 8 of 11 pass attempts for 84 yards in Saturday's 27-17 preseason win over the Chiefs.
Analysis: Mullens was the first (and only) quarterback to relieve starter Jimmy Garoppolo in Saturday's dress rehearsal. This all but confirms that the 24-year-old will be the primary backup to begin the season. Head coach Kyle Shanahan stated that he plans on keeping both Mullens and C.J. Beathard on the 53-man roster, according to Cam Inman of The Mercury News. While that may simply be a ploy to keep both signal caller's trade value in tact, Mullens seems to be the favorite to land second on the depth chart after a strong rookie campaign.
Mullens completed 11 of 17 pass attempts for 105 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's preseason win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: Mullens is currently jockeying for position with C.J. Beathard to be Jimmy Garoppolo's primary backup this season. The fact that the 24-year-old started Saturday's contest gives him the early advantage over Beathard in the job competition. Both signal callers had very similar stat lines, so this battle could go down to the wire.
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