Jets get early contributions from Bellore

Posted Aug. 18, 2011 @ 10:05 a.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

Mike Westhoff's special-teams unit took a hit in free agency, but an undrafted addition could provide a boost. Once the lockout ended, the Jets pounced and signed Central Michigan ILB Nick Bellore, who was Pro Football Weekly draft expert Nolan Nawrocki's third-best undrafted prospect. Head coach Rex Ryan sang Bellore's praises earlier in camp simply for knowing him by name, not just his alma mater. It was a surprise that Bellore wasn't drafted. He has a good motor and tackling abilities, perfect for special teams. Bellore is smart — he scored a 36 on the Wonderlic test — and has impressed the Jets' brass early on. He saw a fair amount of playing time in the team's preseason opener, both at inside linebacker and on special teams, recording two tackles on defense. The Jets don't have much depth behind starting ILBs Bart Scott and David Harris, although Josh Mauga looked good in the opener. Bellore might be on the team for his special-teams work, but he is listed as a member of the second-team defense on the Jets' early depth chart, ahead of players with one year of experience. The preseason is still young, but Bellore is making the Jets look smart for quickly bringing him aboard.