The NY Jets still don't have a veteran quarterback on their roster to backup No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson. This is something the Jets need to address before the start of the 2021 season and Nick Mullens makes the most sense to bring in.
Mullens, who went undrafted out of Southern Mississippi in 2018, spent the first three years of his career with the 49ers and saw pretty significant playing time due to the number of injuries San Francisco dealt with. As a result, Mullens appeared in 19 games and started 16.
For an undrafted player, Mullens looked good in for the Niners, tossing for 4,714 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 22 interceptions in his 19 appearances. He was a respectable backup while in San Francisco and it really feels like it's a matter of time before the Jets officially sign him.
The NY Jets seem destined to sign quarterback Nick Mullens.
Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report wrote an article listing one thing every NFL team needs to do before the season starts and for the Jets, he said it's sign Mullens.
Jets fans have been waiting for the team to bring in another quarterback to back up Wilson because as of now, they don't have any reliable options.
Here is what Knox had to say in his article:
"Acquiring Mullens would give the Jets an experienced veteran who can guide Wilson through his rookie campaign. It would also provide insurance if Wilson isn't prepared to start from Day 1. New York's backups—Mike White and James Morgan—have no regular-season experience."- Kristopher Knox, Bleacher Report
The Jets need to make sure that Wilson knows he's their guy and Mullens isn't going to threaten him for his job. That's the key thing here. Not only that, but as Knox notes, he's an experienced veteran who can serve as a mentor for the BYU rookie.
While the Jets have high hopes that Wilson will pan out and be the quarterback they've been searching for, it's important to have a legitimate backup behind him and Nick Mullens would give them just that.
Mike White and James Morgan aren't the best backup options for a team with an inexperienced rookie quarterback.
Mullens is the best free agent quarterback left on the market and that's why it feels like it's only a matter of time before he's donning a New York Jets jersey. His recent injury, however, is likely holding it up, but this would be a smart move by the organization.
Hopefully, it happens sooner rather than later.