SANTA CLARA — With 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens, there are actuality checks after which there’s digital actuality. This being Silicon Valley, let’s begin with the latter.
The 49ers, since 2015, provide a virtual-reality station to assist gamers evaluate observe movie and the sport plan, and Mullens dabbles in that software a pair instances every week.
“It’s fairly fascinating. You go in and you set the goggles on and sort of watch observe from the quarterback’s view, in comparison with simply sitting and watching in your typical projector and stuff,” Mullens stated. “Totally different quarterbacks prefer it. Some do, some don’t. I really feel like I’m sort of within the center.”
It’s not as if Mullens, nevertheless, can name up Denver Broncos footage and simulate the right way to duck Von Miller’s pass-rushing strikes forward of Sunday’s recreation. “That’s one thing you’ll be able to’t simulate till recreation time,” Mullens quipped.
As for the truth test: Mullens’ future stays up within the air.
He’s misplaced his previous three begins after a wonderful debut over the Raiders. He’ll compete with C.J. Beathard within the offseason to again up Jimmy Garoppolo, although there’s an opportunity all three quarterbacks may stick on the roster if neither backup is traded.
Requested if Mullens is usually a full-fledged starter on this league, coach Kyle Shanahan replied: “I don’t know. Being a starter, he’s received command of the offense. The sport’s not too large for him. However, I’m not going to go there but.”
Mullens is coming off a 414-yard outing (with a pick-six) in Sunday’s 43-16 loss at Seattle. His 1,147 yards are the second-most by a 49ers quarterback by means of 4 begins, trailing solely Garoppolo (1,250 yards, final December).
Broncos coach Vance Joseph complimented Mullens’ poise, fast launch, presence and resolution making. As for his beginning potential, Joseph stated: “I’m unsure about that’ He’s performed 4 video games. It takes greater than that to guage a quarterback. However he’s getting an opportunity to play. He’s received to go show his value.”
By the best way, Joseph’s quarterback, Case Keenum, revived his profession final season with the Minnesota Vikings’ playoff push. One among his coaching technique’s he relied on: reviewing over 2,500 observe performs by means of STRIVR’s digital actuality.
Mullens, like Keenum, arrived within the NFL after going undrafted; Keenum got here out of Houston in 2012 and connected with the Texans whereas Mullens signed with the 49ers final yr out of Southern Miss.
“He’s undoubtedly a man that I’ve checked out his path, see how he’s gone,” Mullens stated. “He’s an important quarterback. He’s earned every little thing that he’s gotten in his profession and that’s what I respect probably the most about him.”