Is it true?
Is Linebacker Nick Bellore on the Jets radar for Fullback?
According to Kristian Dyer, of Metro New York Sports, that’s what the Jets are thinking. Right now, that’s the plan.
At hindsight, this seems a little odd. But when you sit back and think about it… it’s not a bad idea.
During the offseason, Rex Ryan said that he would like to create “hidden depth” within the roster. One example would be Antonio Cromartie, and how the Jets would like to add him to their slim depth at Wide Receiver.
Another example would date back to a few years ago, where the Jets took a defensive lineman in Brandon Moore, and turned him into a very effective Right Guard.
Whether we like it or not, it’s an experiment. And it has to be played out. Fortunately, Brandon Moore’s situation turned out well. As for Cromartie, the jury is still out. We haven’t seen much of him at WR, so it’s too early to say if it was a good or bad idea.
But let’s focus on Bellore.
Nick Bellore was excellent on Special Teams for the Jets last season. He can really light somebody up. As a LB, Bellore truly understands how Fullbacks are trained to attack, block, and create lanes for a RB.
Courtesy of Kristian Dyer, FB John Conner described how difficult it is to block somebody like Bellore…
“He has good pad level; he’s a good athlete. I just saw something in him I guess. He’s a tough kid, he comes downhill pretty good,” Conner told Metro. “As a fullback, you see things in a linebacker that makes you think he could be a good player on this side.”
As for Nick Bellore, and his thoughts on playing both ways, this is what he had to say…
“I’m still a reserve linebacker,” Bellore said. “I’m really comfortable with playing either one. I’m limited in what I know of the playbook on offense but I know defense and what is expected there. I’m just taking it one game at a time.”
To see the full article, written by Kristian Dyer, you can click here.
The fact of the matter is, Nick Bellore can hit.
But can he block? That’s the burning question.
If Bellore can learn great technique from RB Coach Anthony Lynn, he can add the “hidden depth” to our roster that Rex was talking about
Again, it’s an experiment. But why not give it a shot? I’m sure all the Jets fans are happy that we experimented with Brandon Moore at RG… because that turned out great!
We can only hope the same goes for Nick Bellore playing Fullback. Especially if something happens to John Conner, because let’s honest… there’s ZERO depth behind him.
What do you guys think?
Is it worth it to give Bellore a shot at FB?
Should we look elsewhere for a backup FB?
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