No. 1: SF 49ers Quarterback Nick Mullens
Backup quarterbacks aren’t intended to have breakout games. No, their job is essentially little more than to just proverbially “hold the line.”
Well, Nick Mullens did more than that.
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With the starter, Jimmy Garoppolo, out with a high-ankle sprain suffered in Week 2 against the New York Jets, Mullens got his first start since filling in during the latter half of 2018. Mullens, despite something of a sluggish first half, didn’t disappoint either.
Even those first-half drives chewed up clock. With the SF 49ers’ rushing attack not working totally well early, Mullens’ ability to keep the chains moving tired out the Giants defense.
And then the numbers started rolling in.
Mullens tossed only one touchdown, the 19-yard dump-off to Jeff Wilson. But his overall stat line of 25 completions on 36 attempts for 343 yards with zero interceptions and a 108.9 passer rating put the reserve signal-caller in the No. 1 spot on this list.
Simply put, Mullens’ efforts in Week 3 were enough to even suggest there might be, could be a minor quarterback controversy between him and Garoppolo.
Even if it’s just among the fanbase.
Still, Mullens was exceptional in the performance and was a prime reason why the Niners were so dominant in East Rutherford, New Jersey.