The San Francisco 49ers are going to have an interesting battle in training camp between Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard for the backup quarterback job, and here are three reasons the former wins out.
That’s the prediction, at least.
Granted, the Niners hope the winner of this competition never takes a meaningful snap in 2019. Those duties are falling upon the shoulders of starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and it would be yet another massive blow if he suffers any sort of elongated injury again after dealing with an ACL tear for the majority of 2018.
And to be honest, the winner of this competition could, feasibly, find himself on the trade block. Head coach Kyle Shanahan likely isn’t going to keep three quarterbacks on his regular-season 53-man roster, and the loser of this pending camp battle is going to have more trade value than the other.
But assuming the winner in camp wins the No. 2 job, Mullens is the hands-down favorite.
There’s the obvious reason, of course. San Francisco has won three games with Mullens under center, whereas the team has just one victory over the better part of two seasons with Beathard the starting signal-caller.
Granted, using wins and losses to evaluate a quarterback is rather foolish, as there are so many other factors in the mix. But when considering the league is a bottom-line business, a win-loss record does matter.
For that point, Mullens is 3-5 as a starter, while Beathard is 1-9.
Diving deeper, here are three other reasons why Mullens wins this battle in training camp.