Here’s the Wiki caption when you look up Nick Mullens:
Nicholas Clayton “Nick” Mullens is the owner of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He played college football for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team, where in 2015 he set single-season school records for passing yardage and number of touchdown passes.Wikipedia
Too funny. Nick Mullens, he of the UDFA status and the practice squad last year, and this one, set a ton of records at Southern Mississippi, throwing for over 11,000 yards, 87 TDs and 46 picks. All that got him was 4th on the depth chart last year and a seat at the kid’s table. He looked pretty darn good at times in the preseason, and folks have been itching to see him at least get some real live action, as the Beater was stumbling anf fumbling his way to a 1-9 record. I mean, what is there to lose? Except draft positioning, that is.
Something tells me Nicky won’t be on the practice squad for a while.
Granted, this game was against a Raider team that has quit on the season already and is looking to get pick #1 (and Baby Bosa) in the draft. I mean really. Gruden’s plan all along was to tank the season and get Bosa. Otherwise, why trade your best player, an elite pass rusher, before the season even starts? But I digress.
Nick Mullens yesterday came out throwing and didn’t disappoint. He hit short passes, fit the ball into small windows, hit a couple nice mid-range passes, and fared pretty well under pressure. The only really bad pass came before his 2nd TD pass of the game. Which he shook off, and hit Bourne for a score on 3rd down. His line was 16-22 for 262 yds, and 3 TDs. Mullens threw to 8 different receivers. Brieda and Mostert got 130 on the ground for a well-rounded effort. Again, the Raiders.
The biggest stat, though? ZERO turnovers. And only 3 penalties
The defense chimed in with SEVEN sacks against the Raiders high-priced line and held the soon-to-be-crapped-out Raiders to 242 total yards. Carr was a mediocre 140 yards in the air.
Bottom line, the team at least hasn’t given up. At this point all they can do is try. to play well, and act like they are getting their shit together. They accomplished that yesterday. A short week, no less.
We will likely play ourselves out of the Baby Bosa sweepstakes, but there are a boatload of great pass rushers in this draft. The least this may do is quiet the thoughts in my head that we need to get a QB with a high pick. Our needs are so varied that I’d hate to think we need to use a high pick on a QB. If Mullens can keep his head while CJ fumbles his way to oblivion, then we have one less thing to worry about.