Nick Mullens was an undrafted free agent in 2017 out of Southern Miss, and signed with the San Francisco 49ers. He’s been waived multiple times by the 49ers, and never played in an NFL game.
Nick Mullens doesn't even have a picture of his face on his Wikipedia page. Just some zoomed shot of his back with a goal post across it. pic.twitter.com/FAjsGDWtkc
— Yahoo Fantasy Sports (@YahooFantasy) November 1, 2018
That is until Thursday night, when Mullens got the surprise start for San Francisco, with Jimmy Garoppolo done for the year with a torn ACL and C.J. Beathard dealing with a wrist injury.
And all Mullens did in his NFL debut was complete 16-of-22 passes, for 262 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in the 49ers’ 34-3 victory. Granted, it came against Jon Gruden’s embarrassing Oakland Raiders team that has clearly given up.
Still, it was an extremely impressive game at the NFL level and on national television. Mullens did a fantastic job running Kyle Shanahan’s offense, and you would’ve never thought he was his NFL debut. He looked poised and in full control.
Notable #49ers debuts as starter:
• 36 pass yards, 0 pass TD
• 80 pass yards, 1 pass TD
• 262 pass yards, 3 pass TD
We aren’t saying it’s a thing but…
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 2, 2018
Mullens’ performance even opened the eyes of Twitter (like, the actual company)… so much so that he even got verified mid-game.
Nick Mullens went off in his debut, so Twitter went ahead and verified the man mid-game 😂 pic.twitter.com/RXUu5SGaUL
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 2, 2018
We’ll see if Mullens gets another start for San Francisco in Week 10. He’d have a great shot at starting a winning streak for the now 2-7 49ers, with San Francisco hosting the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.