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May 1, 2020 01:08 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Staying with Niners
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mullens signed his exclusive rights free-agent tender Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

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.

March 5, 2020 08:56 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Staying with Niners
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The 49ers tendered Mullens to a one-year contract Thursday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

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.

February 25, 2020 12:04 AM
49ers' Nick Mullens: No action as backup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mullens only recorded three kneel downs in 2019.

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.

September 3, 2019 02:44 AM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Wins backup QB job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

The 49ers opted to keep three quarterbacks on its 53-man roster (C.J. Beathard is the other) 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.

August 25, 2019 11:12 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: First QB off bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mullens completed eight of 11 pass attempts for 84 yards in Saturday's 27-17 preseason win over the Chiefs.

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. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he plans to keep 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 callers' trade value in tact, Mullens at least seems like a strong bet to stick around.

August 12, 2019 09:00 AM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Starts preseason opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mullens completed 11 of 17 pass attempts for 105 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's preseason win over the Cowboys.

Mullens is 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.

March 28, 2019 02:32 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Forced to compete with Beathard
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mullens will compete with C.J. Beathard for the No. 2 quarterback job in San Francisco, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "We'll rotate C.J. [Beathard] and Nick [Mullens] with the twos," coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday. "[We'll] flip a coin the first day."

Shanahan says the competition will start on even ground, but it's hard to see how Mullens wouldn't have the advantage after he completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 8.3 yards per attempt while going 3-5 as the starter in 2018. He did toss 10 picks on 274 attempts (3.6 percent), but Beathard was actually worse in that regard (4.1 percent) and also took one more sack despite throwing 105 fewer passes. The 49ers may try to trade one of their backup quarterbacks if Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) continues to make good progress in his recovery from an ACL tear.

December 30, 2018 08:52 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Throws three TDs in season finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mullens completed 23 of 33 passes for 282 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions in Sunday's 48-32 loss to the Rams.

The Rams dominated the game from start to finish as all three of Mullens' interceptions came in the first half, including a pick-six by Cory Littleton early in the second quarter. The 23-year-old rebounded well after that point playing from behind, but could do little to prevent Los Angeles from cruising to victory. The 23-year-old was able to unseat C.J. Beathard to start the final eight games of the season with Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) on injured reserve, completing 176 of 274 passes for 2,277 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

December 23, 2018 11:24 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Fails to find end zone
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mullens completed 22 of 38 passes for 241 yards and an interception in the 49ers' 14-9 loss to the Bears on Sunday.

With the 49ers playing from behind for the majority of the second half, Mullens was forced to throw on almost every down. As a result, the outstanding Chicago defense was able to hold him to his least productive outing of the season. With just seven touchdown passes over his last six games, he's been a so-so fantasy option with limited upside.

December 16, 2018 09:00 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Gets back to .500 as starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mullens completed 20 of 29 pass attempts for 275 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 26-23 win against Seattle.

Mullens was unspectacular, but displayed workmanlike efficiency in leading San Francisco to three scoring drives during the second half and overtime, completing 9 of 14 attempts for 99 yards yards while helping the team chalk up nine points over that span -- good enough for a win in a game that resembled Harbaugh Era slug fests of 2011-2014. Coming out of Southern Mississippi having surpassed Brett Favre's school record in touchdown passes and passing yards, Mullens has jumped out to a 3-3 record over his first six starts (team was 1-7 to start the year). Week 16 is a nightmarish matchup for those who have been streaming Nick Mullens, as the 49ers host a Bears defense that's forced an NFL-high 34 takeaways this season.

December 10, 2018 07:04 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Another prolific passing day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mullens completed 20 of 33 passes for 332 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the 49ers' 20-14 win over the Broncos on Sunday. He also rushed five times for 10 yards.

Mullens and tight end George Kittle almost single-handedly dismantled the Broncos in the first half, as the second-year tight end connected with the rookie signal caller on seven occasions for 210 yards and a score. While Mullens couldn't lead the offense to any second-half points, the 49ers were also able to take their foot off the gas after building a 20-0 lead in the first half. Mullens has now thrown for a total of 746 yards and four touchdowns over the last pair of games, giving his fantasy value a considerable boost. He'll look to continue his excellent stretch of play versus the Seahawks in a Week 15 divisional tilt.

December 3, 2018 01:40 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Throws for 400 yards in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mullens completed 30 of 48 passing attempts for 414 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 43-16 loss to the Seahawks. He also gained one yard on two carries.

San Francisco was down 27-3 just 16 seconds into the third quarter, so most of this was a garbage-time effort from Mullens. Nevertheless, the rookie would set career highs for attempts, completions and yards in the contest while finding Dante Pettis for two touchdowns. Things get briefly better for the 23-year-old with a home matchup against Denver in Week 14, but he'll be tough to trust in the fantasy playoffs with a rematch against Seattle followed by Chicago in Weeks 15 and 16, respectively.

November 29, 2018 10:20 AM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Remains starter for Week 13
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that Mullens will remain the 49ers' starting quarterback for their Week 13 game against the Seahawks, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports. "We're playing this year out with [Mullens] and [C.J. Beathard] and we'll see how games go," Shanahan said. "We're going to do everything we can to win a game. I know we're preparing with Nick and if he ever struggled I'd bring in C.J. We'll see how it goes."

Mullens will retain the starting role for the 49ers' fourth straight contest, but it's clear the second-year signal-caller's hold on the job is shaky, as Shanahan's comments seemingly suggest. Shanahan expressed frustration in Mullens' performance during the 49ers' 27-9 loss to the Buccaneers this past weekend, with the 23-year-old only completing 18 of 32 attempts for 221 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in a matchup with one of the NFL's worst past defenses. That outing came after a poor showing against the Giants in his second start, further dimming the luster of Mullens' outstanding NFL debut in Week 9, when he tossed three touchdowns in a resounding win over the Raiders. After his first three appearances came against losing teams, Mullens will face his stiffest test to date on the road against a Seattle defense that has remained an effective unit even after the season-ending injury to star safety Earl Thomas (lower leg). Should Mullens struggle to keep the chains moving early in the contest, it wouldn't be surprising if Shanahan pulled him in favor of Beathard.

November 26, 2018 01:20 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Criticized by Shanahan
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Kyle Shanahan wasn't impressed by Mullens' performance in Sunday's 27-9 loss to Tampa Bay, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "I don't think he played very well, just looking at some of our situations, but that wasn't all on him," Shanahan said. "No one played very well, especially in the passing game."

Facing arguably the worst defense in the league, Mullens completed 18 of 32 passes (56.3 percent) for 221 yards (6.9 yards per attempt), with one touchdown, two interceptions and four sacks. Back-to-back outings with two picks have removed some of the luster from Mullens' three-score NFL debut Week 9 against Oakland, potentially setting the stage for Shanahan to turn back to C.J. Beathard at some point in December. Mullens will probably get another shot Week 13 in Seattle, though Shanahan declined to provide any assurances, merely saying he evaluates every position every week.

November 25, 2018 05:00 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Solid but unspectacular in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mullens completed 18 of 32 passes for 221 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the 49ers' 27-9 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also lost a yard in two carries and fumbled once but recovered.

Mullens was serviceable once again in what was his third professional start, and his numbers were particularly impressive considering he played without top receiving options Marquise Goodwin (personal) and Pierre Garcon (knee). The rookie connected with Dante Pettis from 13 yards out in the second quarter for his only touchdown of the game, but he did throw a pair of picks for the second consecutive contest. Despite the loss Sunday, Mullens has done nothing to lose his grip on the starting job, putting him in line to open up under center once again versus the Seahawks in Week 13.

November 13, 2018 08:18 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Named starter, post-Week 11 bye
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Mullens will remain the 49ers' starting quarterback following a Week 11 bye, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

The 49ers are getting their midseason respite at the moment, but on the heels of two mostly steady performances from Mullens and the offense, Shanahan will stick with the undrafted quarterback during the team's next game Nov. 25 at Tampa Bay. Accounting from those outings reveals 70 percent passing (43 of 61), 256 yards per game and four touchdowns versus two interceptions from Mullens as San Francisco averaged 28.5 points per contest. At least for the foreseeable future, Mullens will fend off C.J. Beathard for reps under center.

November 13, 2018 03:20 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Battles in defeat
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mullens completed 27 of 39 passes for 250 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Monday night's 27-23 loss to the Giants.

Mullens valiantly marched San Francisco downfield to give the team an outside chance of winning after surrendering a go-ahead touchdown with under a minute remaining. Although he was unable to find the end zone as time expired, Mullens did hit Matt Breida on an 11-yard score in the third quarter. He also again showed good poise in the pocket on most of his throws, although his two interceptions, including one on his own 6-yard line, proved costly. After a commendable two-game stint as starter, Mullens will now head into the 49ers' bye week hoping to keep his job when the team travels to play the Bucs in Week 12.

November 6, 2018 11:24 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Confirms self as starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mullens confirmed that coach Kyle Shanahan has appointed him as the starter for Monday's game against the Giants, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

A report from Jay Glazer of Fox Sports over the weekend suggested things were headed in this direction, so Mullens' comments don't come as much of a surprise. It would have been difficult for the 49ers to turn the top gig back over to C.J. Beathard -- who owns a 1-9 career record as a starter -- after Mullens put on a clinic in his NFL debut with 16 completions on 22 attempts for 262 yards and three scores in the Week 9 trouncing of the Raiders. Mullens gets another favorable draw this week against a non-contending Giants squad followed by a Week 12 matchup against a beleaguered Tampa Bay pass defense following the 49ers' bye, so he'll at least be worth a short-term look in most leagues that start two quarterbacks.

November 6, 2018 04:57 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: In line to start Week 10
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mullens is expected to remain the 49ers' starting quarterback Week 10 against the Giants, Jay Glazer reported on "Fox NFL Sunday."

Coach Kyle Shanahan wouldn't confirm his plans at quarterback going forward when he met with the media after Thursday's 34-3 win over the Raiders, but it would be hard to justify turning away from Mullens after the 23-year-old dazzled in his first NFL start. Mullens torched the Raiders for 262 yards and three touchdowns through the air while completing 16 of 22 passes, showing the sort of efficiency and turnover-prevention skills that C.J. Beathard had lacked since taking over Jimmy Garappolo (knee) in Week 4. Expect the 49ers to formally announce Mullens as their starter when the team reconvenes for practice next Thursday, if not sooner.

November 6, 2018 05:00 PM
49ers' Nick Mullens: Could start again Week 10
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Kyle Shanahan declined to name Mullens or C.J. Beathard the team's starting quarterback for the Week 10 matchup against the Giants when he met with the media Friday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Given that Beathard was viewed as San Francisco's the clear No. 1 signal-caller before a combination of wrist and thumb injuries limited him to backup duties Thursday against the Raiders, Shanahan's silence on the matter seemingly bodes well for Mullens' chances of earning another nod. Despite entering the Week 9 contest with no career NFL regular-season snaps, Mullens delivered the best performance of any 49ers quarterback in 2018, completing 16 of 22 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns in the 34-3 win. While the Raiders' lack of pass rush and beleaguered secondary contributed to Mullens' success, the flawless outing probably makes the 23-year-old deserving of another opportunity to build on that effort. The 49ers have more draft capital invested in Beathard, a 2017 third-round pick, but his 1-9 record as a starter and penchant for turning the ball over don't offer much optimism for his long-term prospects. Shanahan could remain mum on his Week 10 starter until next Thursday, when the 49ers will reconvene for practice.

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