SANTA CLARA — Nick Mullens just might have a future as a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Through four starts with the 49ers — one quarter of the season — Mullens, an undrafted free agent in 2017, has outproduced both Jimmy Garoppolo and C.J. Beathard.
Garoppolo, a second-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 2014, signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract with the 49ers on Feb. 8. He started the first three games this season, completed 59.6 percent of his throws, averaged 8.07 yards per pass attempt, threw five touchdown passes and three interceptions, took 13 sacks and posted a quarterback rating of 90 before tearing his ACL.
Mullens, a practice squad player until Sept. 26, has completed 64.5 of his throws, averaged 8.13 yards per pass attempt, thrown seven touchdown passes and five interceptions, taken just seven sacks and posted a quarterback rating of 91.5. Mullens’ numbers are better than Garoppolo and Beathard in just about every category.
“(Mullens) is a really good young quarterback,” Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said on a conference call. The Broncos will play the 49ers Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.
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