Until Nick Mullens finds meaningful playing time, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
The Eagles signed Mullens (elbow) to a contract Monday. An eight-game starter for the 49ers in 2020, Mullens will find himself third on the depth chart behind Jalen Hurts and Joe Flacco as he begins his tenure in Philadelphia. Since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2017, the 26-year-old signal-caller has appeared in 19 games (16 starts) for San Francisco, completing 64.5 percent of his throws for 7.9 yards per attempt and a 25:22 TD:INT. Mullens required surgery in December to address an injury to his right throwing elbow, but the Eagles' willingness to sign him suggests he'll likely be cleared for full activities before training camp or shortly after it begins.
The 49ers do not plan to tender Mullens (elbow) as a restricted free agent, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Mullens served as a spot starter for the 49ers in his first three NFL seasons, appearing in 19 games overall. He experienced his most success during his rookie campaign in 2018, when he completed 64 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Mullens is currently rehabbing from elbow surgery, and he could ultimately land back with the 49ers later in the offseason.
Mullens (elbow) avoided Tommy John surgery and should be healthy for the start of training camp, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Mullens did have surgery on his injured right elbow in late December, but he avoided the famous procedure that often causes MLB pitchers to miss entire seasons. He can become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, while fellow 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo has been oft-mentioned as a potential cap casualty. Of course, the Niners presumably will try to find someone better than Mullens if they do end up moving on from Garoppolo.
The 49ers placed Mullens (elbow) on injured reserve Friday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Mullens suffered a season-ending injury Week 15 that may require Tommy John surgery to repair the UCL in his right elbow. The true nature of the issue hasn't been confirmed, but the 49ers now have done the expected and opened up a spot on the active roster with his placement on IR. C.J. Beathard will lead the offense for the final two contests of the campaign, with new signee Josh Rosen backing him up.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that Mullens may need Tommy John surgery to repair the UCL in his right elbow, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Regardless of whether surgery is necessary, the 25-year-old quarterback has already been ruled out for the season, and C.J. Beathard will take over under center. Mullens is still being evaluated, but if he needs Tommy John surgery, there's a chance he may be sidelined to begin the 2021 campaign as well.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||San Francisco 49ers||9||18.25|
|4||10/03||Kansas City Chiefs||18||21.26|
|6||10/14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||19.80|
|7||10/24||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||22.38|
|9||11/07||Los Angeles Chargers||25||22.63|
|11||11/21||New Orleans Saints||10||19.00|
|12||11/28||@New York Giants||3||17.63|
|13||12/05||@New York Jets||29||24.75|
|15||12/19||Washington Football Team||6||17.88|
|16||12/26||New York Giants||3||17.63|
|17||01/02||@Washington Football Team||6||17.88|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||64.5||1571||8||7||-4||0||96|