Only the San Francisco 49ers would have a quarterback controversy for who would be the backup quarterback in 2019. At least this gets something entertaining out of a team no one wants to watch.
If Nick Mullens’ performance continues, the above very well could happen. Through the first half, he’s completed 12 of 17 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns. He likely had a third touchdown to close out the half, but Richie James dropped a catchable pass over the middle. James had set up the play with a 53-yard catch-and-run a couple plays earlier. The 49ers settled for a field goal and a 17-3 halftime lead.
Not bad for someone who began their NFL career as an undrafted free agent.
But don’t take my word for it, take the video! Here’s Mullen’s first touchdown pass of the night and his career.
Nick Mullen’s first career touchdown pass. He was 3-of-3 for 41 yards and a perfect 158.3 QB rating on the drive. #49ers pic.twitter.com/wsdifsGA86— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) November 2, 2018
And here’s his second touchdown to my man Kendrick Bourne:
Nick Mullens hits Kendrick Bourne for his second touchdown of the game with 12:40 left in the half. Currently 9 of 11 for 103 yards, two touchdowns and a 145.3 rating. #49ers #OAKvsSF— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) November 2, 2018
( : @JamesBradySBN)pic.twitter.com/r0k0b5Fk7z
And the 49ers saved the game ball of that first pass.
Keep this somewhere safe, @NickMullens. #OAKvsSF pic.twitter.com/5hsEJUccmh— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 2, 2018
This is the Raiders defense and they are absolute trash, but it’s nice to see a second quarterback thrive in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. If Mullens continues to play well, he might be competing for that backup job that there wasn’t much competition for in 2018.