Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that it would be a “major surprise” if the 49ers didn’t stick with Nick Mullens as their starting quarterback following an impressive debut against the Raiders on Thursday.
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan later told reporters that he plans to take his time to make an announcement.
“I’m taking my time with it,” Shanahan said. “Also, I wouldn’t want to do that with all the guys out of the building. I’d like the whole team in here, too, when I decide that. … You try to make every decision, not just about personnel, but what you do in the building, everything is ultimately about wins and losses so you decide what gives you the best chance to win.”
Mullens, 23, wound up signing on with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Miss back in 2017. He was waived coming out of the preseason and later added to their practice squad.
The 49ers brought Mullens back on a futures contract this past January only to release him at the start of the regular season. Mullens had a brief stint on their practice squad before being called up following Jimmy Garoppolo‘s season-ending knee injury.
In 2018, Mullens has appeared in one game for the 49ers and completed 16 of 22 pass attempts (72.7 percent) for 262 yards and three touchdowns.