Nick Mullens will be the San Francisco 49ers’ No. 2 quarterback at the start of the 2019 NFL season.
The 49ers announced earlier this week that Mullens will back up starter Jimmy Garoppolo, although Mullens told the media that head coach Kyle Shanahan had informed him last Friday that he had beat out C.J. Beathard for the backup position.
Moments after learning that he would be the backup, Mullens’ wife Haleigh gave birth to their first child, Luke.
“Pretty cool week, very thankful,” said Mullens, who played high school football at Spain Park.
When reporters asked him how the competition made him better, Mullens responded, “You always hold yourself to a high standard, but at the same time you have the guy to your left vying for the same job. So, your standard has to be that much higher. Every rep, every throw, every decision is all on tape, it’s all being evaluated … you just have to have a consistent mind set and we both got a lot better through it.”
Mullens signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2017 out of Southern Miss. He started the final eight games of the 2018 season in place of the injured Garoppolo. He completed 176 of 274 passes for 2,277 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season.
During this preseason, Mullens was 22 of 34 for 229 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
The 49ers will kick off their 2019 season on Sunday at Tampa Bay against the Buccaneers.
— Rubin E Grant