Mullens was 11-for-13 passing for 116 yards and one interception during Sunday's 29-13 win against Chicago.
Analysis: Mullens took over in the second half for starter Kirk Cousins who was rested ahead of the playoffs. Mullens largely played with the second- and third-string offense, but showed he's at least a steady hand as the backup.
Jan 9, 2023 10:30 AM EST
Mullens completed all four pass attempts for 57 yards and touchdown without an interception in Sunday's loss at Green Bay. He took over in the fourth quarter amid a blowout loss.
Analysis: Mullens was playing in garbage time but still looked sharp with the backup offense. He could get significant time or even start Week 18 against the Bears if the Vikings decide to rest starters head of the playoffs.
Jan 2, 2023 10:59 AM EST
The Vikings have traded a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft to the Raiders in exchange for Mullens, Craig Peters of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Now that he's with the Vikings, Mullens will have an opportunity to compete for the team's No. 2 QB job behind starter Kirk Cousins. Also currently in the mix on that front are Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond. Additionally, the trade solidifies Jarrett Stidham's standing as Derek Carr's top backup for the Raiders.
Aug 22, 2022 8:13 AM EST
Las Vegas signed Mullens to a contract Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Mullens looks primed to compete with Garrett Gilbert for the No. 2 gig behind Derek Carr. Last season, Mullens completed 20 of 30 pass attempts for 147 yards and one score in his lone appearance with the Browns.
Apr 1, 2022 6:52 AM EST
Mullens did not play in Week 18's 21-16 win over Cincinnati.
Analysis: Mullens was added to the active roster after quarterback Baker Mayfield was shut down leading up the season finale. Mullens served as the back to Case Keenum. He made one start in 2021 in week 15 when both Baker Mayfield and Keenum were on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He enters the offseason without a contract, but his knowledge of the system could be of value to the Browns, who are considered playoff worthy despite a disappointing 2021.
Jan 11, 2022 6:45 PM EST
The Browns signed Mullens to their active roster Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Mullens was activated from the practice squad COVID-19 list Tuesday and will be on the active roster for the team's Week 18 matchup against Cincinnati. He'll serve as the backup to Case Keenum on Sunday after Baker Mayfield (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
Jan 5, 2022 2:04 PM EST
Mullens was restored to the Browns' practice squad from the COVID-19 list Tuesday.
Analysis: Mullens is likely looking at a promotion to the active roster this week to backup Case Keenum on Sunday against the Steelers. With Baker Mayfield (shoulder) out and the Browns cutting practice squad quarterback Kyle Lauletta on Tuesday, that leaves no competition for Mullens to earn the No. 2 spot on the quarterback positional depth chart.
Jan 4, 2022 3:13 PM EST
The Browns placed Mullens (undisclosed) on the practice squad COVID-19 list Wednesday.
Analysis: Mullens reverted to Cleveland's practice squad Monday but will now need to spend time away from the team. It's not yet clear whether the 26-year-old has tested positive for COVID-19.
Dec 29, 2021 11:32 AM EST
Mullens reverted to the Browns' practice squad Tuesday, per the NFL's transaction log.
Analysis: Mullens drew a spot start at QB in Week 15. However, Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum both returned in Week 16, so the 26-year-old Mullens was a healthy scratch against the Packers. He will now head back to the Browns' practice squad
Dec 28, 2021 11:10 AM EST
Mullens is inactive for Saturday's game against the Packers, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: After logging a spot start at QB in Week 15, Mullens won't be needed Saturday, with both Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum active versus Green Bay.
Dec 25, 2021 12:17 PM EST
Mullens was activated from the Browns' practice squad Friday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Mullens started this past Monday's loss to Las Vegas but subsequently reverted back to the practice squad. Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum were reinstated from the COVID-19 list Friday and will likely function as the No. 1 and No. 2 options at quarterback for Cleveland on Saturday, so Mullens will presumably be the team's third option at the position this weekend.
Dec 24, 2021 12:50 PM EST
With Baker Mayfield's quarantine period ending Friday, making him eligible to play Saturday against Green Bay, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, Mullens could be the second-string quarterback.
Analysis: Mullens was the fill-in starter in Monday's 16-14 loss to the Raiders, as both Mayfield and Case Keenum were on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Mayfield will need to be evaluated by Cleveland's medical staff, including for conditioning, before he's made active for the game. Keenum's quarantine period extends beyond Friday, and he will need to test negative prior to Saturday in order to be eligible.
Dec 23, 2021 5:25 AM EST
Mullens completed 20 of 30 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 16-14 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: A Browns skill position group decimated by a COVID-19 outbreak didn't do Mullens many favors and committed a number of costly drops, but the third-string quarterback still almost managed to lead Cleveland to victory with both Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum on the reserve/COVID-19 list. After being shut out in the first half, the Browns got a Nick Chubb rushing touchdown in the third quarter before Mullens found tight end Harrison Bryant for the go-ahead six-yard score on fourth down with 3:45 remaining. The Raiders answered with a game-winning 48-yard field goal on the game's final play, prevailing despite Mullens' valiant effort. At least one of Mayfield or Keenum will almost certainly be back in time to start against the Packers in Week 16, relegating Mullens back to the bench.
Dec 20, 2021 5:29 PM EST
Mullens looks set to start Monday's game against the Raiders with Baker Mayfield (illness) and Case Keenum (illness) both having failed to clear the league's COVID-19 protocols, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Mullens' first career start came against the Raiders in prime time back in 2018, when he was a member of the 49ers, and he managed to post three touchdowns and 262 passing yards en route to a blowout win. That said, he now faces the task of overcoming a Browns roster that still has a number of players on the COVID list, including both Jarvis Landry (illness) and Austin Hooper (illness). Kyle Lauletta appears set to operate as Mullens' top backup versus Las Vegas.
Dec 20, 2021 7:25 AM EST
With Case Keenum (illness) slated to join Baker Mayfield (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Mullens is now a candidate to start Saturday's game against the Raiders, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: The Browns currently have numerous players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but Cabot relays that under NFL's newly-introduced COVID-19 protocols, some asymptomatic vaccinated players could potentially be cleared for the contest, with added clarity on that front likely to arrive Friday afternoon. If neither Mayfield or Keenum gain clearance, however, Mullens -- who was activated from Cleveland's practice squad Thursday -- would be in line to serve as the team's starter in Week 15.
Dec 16, 2021 2:40 PM EST
Mullens was elevated from the Browns' practice squad ahead of Saturday's game against the Raiders.
Analysis: Mullens will join the Browns' active roster ahead of Week 15 after Baker Mayfield tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. If Mayfield is unavailable Saturday, Mullens will serve as Cleveland's No. 2 quarterback behind Case Keenum.
Dec 16, 2021 1:15 PM EST
Mullens has reverted to the Browns' practice squad per the NFL's transaction log.
Analysis: Mullens was elevated to the Browns' active roster prior to Thursday's victory over the Broncos. He backed up Case Keenum who was replacing Baker Mayfield (shoulder) under center. While he was suited up, he never saw any action on the field.
Oct 22, 2021 7:55 PM EST
Mullens was elevated from the Browns' practice squad ahead of Thursday's game against the Broncos, Dan Labbe of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Mullens will join the active roster for the first time this season to serve as the backup to Case Keenum since Baker Mayfield (shoulder) has ben ruled out. The 26-year-old is unlikely to see any playing time if Keenum remains healthy against Denver.
Oct 21, 2021 10:00 AM EST
The Browns will elevate Mullens from their practice squad to serve as Case Keenum's backup for Thursday night's contest against the Broncos, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: With Baker Mayfield (shoulder) ruled out for Thursday's contest, the Browns will elect to start Case Keenum and elevate Mullens to serve as his backup. The 26-year-old spent the preseason with Philadelphia, but he joined Cleveland's practice squad after Browns offensive assistant T.C. McCartney, who coached Mullens in San Francisco, vouched for him.
Oct 20, 2021 8:57 AM EST
Mullens was signed to the Browns' practice squad Wednesday, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.
Analysis: Mullens, who spent the 2021 preseason in the Eagles' camp, was on the field Wednesday, working behind Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum. He spent four seasons in San Francisco and started 16 games for the 49ers. That's where he worked with Cleveland offensive assistant T.C. McCartney, who vouched for him to the Browns' decision makers.
Sep 1, 2021 6:18 PM EST
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