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 (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.
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.
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.
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, however, 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.
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.
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|2018||San Francisco 49ers||8||8||274||176||64.2||2277||8.31||85||13||10||17/127||35||7||90.8|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||8||8||18||-16||-0.9||2||0||0||1|
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|2018||San Francisco 49ers||8||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|