Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo left the 49ers Week 2 matchup against the New York Jets with an ankle injury. Their offense was still effective with Nick Mullens at the helm and ended up beating the ‘Gang Green’ 31-13. The following week, San Fran continued their domination tour and defeated the Giants 36-9 with Mullens at the helm. Hey, no Philadelphia Eagles fan is going to complain about that.
Although Mullens won’t likely turn into a Pro Bowl signal-caller, he’s shown he can be a competent backup and has played solidly when called into action. Last week was no different as he finished with 25 completions for 343 yards and one touchdown. He could do some serious damage to the Eagles secondary with the 49ers’ best offensive player returning from injury.
The Eagles have one of the NFL’s top three tight ends in Zach Ertz. The 49ers have one of the two that NFL fans have normally ranked ahead of him, George Kittle. he’s been the 49ers most important offensive player over the course of the last couple of years. Kittle has reached the 1,000-yard receiving milestone in back-to-back seasons.
This year, he’s just played one full quarter of football after leaving the 49ers season opener in the second quarter with a knee injury. He didn’t play in their last two games, but he has returned to practice and has had no restrictions. He would have to have a serious setback not to participate in this one, or at least one would think. The Eagles back-seven will have to minimize his impact if they want to have a chance to get their first win of the year.