SF 49ers: 3 goals for Nick Mullens in relief of Jimmy Garoppolo

Nick Mullens #4 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Nick Mullens #4 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) /
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Nick Mullens, George Kittle, SF 49ers
Nick Mullens #4 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) /

It’s not official yet, but if SF 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens is the starter on Sunday here’s three goals for him to achieve.

There’s a trend on social media called “put your finger down if___.” The point of the game is to check off things in a specific topic. So, raise a hand with all your fingers up. Now, put a finger down if you thought SF 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens could potentially start in Week 3 of the NFL season because Jimmy Garoppolo went down with an injury?

If you put a finger down, you’re a psychic. Or have watched enough football to know anything is possible.

After last season, it seemed like the only time we’d see Mullens would be in garbage time situations and maybe if the SF 49ers were 14-1 in the last game of the year. Garoppolo was feeling great, the team was rolling and they only lost once in their final five games.

But alas, here we are. Garoppolo is dinged up and Mullens could potentially see his first start in almost two years. He last started against the Los Angeles Rams in December of 2018. He stayed consistent with his stats in the season finale: three touchdowns, three interceptions and three sacks.

If you’re wondering “has Mullens ever played against the New York Giants?” The answer is yes. Once, where he threw for 250 yards one touchdown and two interceptions.

Before the season began, Niner Noise’s Peter Panacy dissected Mullens future on the SF 49ers. Included is what’s at stake for Mullens after the 2021 season. So there’s a chance, assuming he gets the start against the Giants, Mullens is playing for more than just a win for his teammates.

For right now though, Mullens just need to stay focused on the task at hand which begins with staying healthy.