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Rapoport: Jets Close to Deal with WR Josh Bellamy

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21 minutes ago, prime21 said:

 

“As he says, he’s got that drip. He just gets us hype,” running back Tarik Cohen said. 

"He’s a teammate and has been an invaluable piece of this deal," offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said. 

Or, perhaps best put by linebacker Danny Trevathan: “He’s the perfect fit for this culture that we have here now.”

The Bears are a good fit for Bellamy, and Bellamy is a good fit for the Bears. That hasn’t always been the case: This is a guy who dropped nine passes in 2016 and 2017, when a depleted depth chart pushed him to receiving significant playing time on a pair of bad offenses. That he was a strong special teams contributor didn’t matter to fans, who saw a receiver make mistakes that seemed fitting for teams that lost a combined 26 games those two seasons. 

But the Bears are a good team again, winners of the NFC North and going to the playoffs for the first time in eight years. Bellamy isn’t the most significant player on this team, nor is he a starter. But he’s a well-liked and well-respected player around Halas Hall, the kind of “glue guy,” as Helfrich said, who not only plays an important role, but embraces it. 

“You don't have to tell him to go harder, you don't have to tell him to do his job, you don't have to tell him to study his plays,” Trubisky said. “He's always out there doing the right thing, the right time. And just like the plays in the game, when you least expect it he makes a big play for this offense. 

“So he's just a guy you can continue to rely on, an incredible teammate. Very smart player and just an awesome guy to be around. He's absolutely hilarious. I'm sure you guys have talked to him. We're lucky to have Josh on this team. I think guys feed off his energy every single day just being out there and competing with him. You always want to get better and you want to up your game as well.”

Bellamy has been targeted just 20 times this year, catching 12 of those for 109 yards with a touchdown (he’s also been credited with only one drop, per Pro Football Focus). But he’s played 243 snaps while playing all three of the Bears’ receiver positions (X, Z, Zebra). No offensive player has played more snaps on special teams than him, too. 

“The more you can do, the more you can play, the longer you can stay,” Bellamy said. “I’ve just thrived on that, just playing everything, trying to learn everything. 

“… I know my role. On this team, I feel like everybody knows their role. And that’s what everybody grasps — it’s helping us. Like hey, everybody isn’t going to get 60 plays in a game. Some people aren’t going to get eight plays or more than that. Some people go down and some people step up. Right now, it’s just — hey, whatever role you get put into, you gotta be the best at it. I feel like that’s what we’re doing right now.”

That kind of energy is especially welcomed on kick/punt coverage units, where special teams coordinator Chris Tabor said he has the right amount of crazy (“in a good way,” he added). That kind of attitude is infectious on those units. 

“He’s 100 miles an hour all the time,” tight end Daniel Brown, another special teams contributor, said. “It’s impressive. The guy never gets tired. You just know on every play he’s going to give his best effort and nothing less.

“… It kind of pushes all of us. You see a guy giving his best effort, the coaches are going to notice that and you don’t want to be the guy who’s not giving his best effort because it’s going to stand out.”

Bellamy has been the recipient of more playing time on offense than Kevin White — who’s only been active for one game in the second half of the season, playing five snaps on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions — in part because of his special teams ability, and in part because of the positional versatility in and knowledge he has of Nagy's offense. 

“Josh really knows this offense,” Nagy said. “He understands it—all three positions. And then to come in and make that big catch, that was a contested catch. That thing was covered, and he made that catch. That was a huge play in the game.”

That catch was a tough 18-yarder last weekend against the Green Bay Packers that set up a touchdown just before halftime. The Bears don’t need Bellamy to make a bunch of plays, as they did the last two years. But one or two a game on offense, plus a few on special teams — he downed a pair of punts inside the five-yard line against Green Bay — is exactly the kind of production the Bears need out of Bellamy. 

With that limited but meaningful production runs an undercurrent of energy and hard work. And that’s why Bellamy is such a popular, and important, figure around Halas Hall. 

“We want a lot of Josh Bellamy’s, those kind of selfless guys who just sort of domino effect to our younger guys," quarterback Chase Daniel said. "And I think that’s a big reason why we’re sitting where were at today.”

So much of this was missing from the Jets locker room and field last year and in year's past.  A culture change was the biggest need for this organization.  It started with the Coaching Staff.  Now it is filtering down to the type of "Jets" we have  on the field.  It is about time.  Well past it.  The losing is the next thing to escort out the door.  We may finally be on our way. Welcome to the New York Jets 2019 edition.

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Josh Bellamy

According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the New York Jets are close to a deal with free agent wide receiver Josh Bellamy. 

The #Jets are close to deal with former #Bears WR Josh Bellamy, source said. Potentially another WR on the board after signing Jamison Crowder.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2019

Source confirms that the Jets are close on a deal with former Bears WR/special teamer Josh Bellamy, (as Rapsheet said).

— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) March 12, 2019

The 29 year old Bellamy is entering his 8th season in the NFL. He spent the last 5 with the Chicago Bears and saw time with the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs before that. He has 999 career receiving yards so he is considered primarily a special teams player.  

You can read more about this rumor and see fan reaction in our NY Jets forum.

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43 minutes ago, Team archer said:

Have no idea if hes good or not

He’s not 

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6 minutes ago, joenamathwouldn'tcry said:

So much of this was missing from the Jets locker room and field last year and in year's past.  A culture change was the biggest need for this organization.  It started with the Coaching Staff.  Now it is filtering down to the type of "Jets" we have  on the field.  It is about time.  Well past it.  The losing is the next thing to escort out the door.  We may finally be on our way. Welcome to the New York Jets 2019 edition.

Our special teams were just fine. I'm glad you're happy we just spent 3.5 mil per for a 29yo gunner who has zero upside as a receiver.

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Love what I just read. We need to build a winning culture here and this player seems to exude this. They said nobody works harder then Bellamy. If even for attitude in camp, practice this is a good signing, and who knows, a lot of guys benefit from a fresh start somewhere else.

This is a NE type of guy, surprised he did not wind up there. They have a GOAT QB and TE, and the names stop there. Edelman, ok, but nothing after than. Not sure how to say this, the whole is greater than the one?

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Cult-chuh!

Sounds like a hardworking guy who Gase feels will support him in the locker room, set an example, contribute on special teams, maybe catch a ball or three.

I mean, sure Macc should draft better, but if it gets Gase comfortable and stopping being all bug eyed, why not? 

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Unspectacular but Nice to get hard working, character guys in that the coaching staff has worked with before. If he can be solid in ST that would be good. Seems like they like him. That’s enough for now.


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5 minutes ago, gilder121 said:

All in all the person he reminds me most of personality wise is Brandon Marshall.

That’s terrible jeez.

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48 minutes ago, RobR said:

Sometimes they do. Did you not see that Buster Skrine just signed another contract.

Yeah, skrine wasn't good. Championship teams have some bad players. Some even start and get cut are the season. 

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26 minutes ago, RobR said:

Our special teams were just fine. I'm glad you're happy we just spent 3.5 mil per for a 29yo gunner who has zero upside as a receiver.

Half the team was not re-signed or released. A lot of those were special teamers.  But you know better. You always do. The contract is for 2.75 million guaranteed and up to 7 million.  Not 3.5/year.  I'll make sure I tell Coach Bates that you think he's made a  mistake. I'll also call Coach Gase and Coach Loggains, who both worked with him previously,to inform them that you think the signing is a bad idea.  Maybe it's not too late, and they can rescind the offer.  In the meantime, you call up Coach Nagy and tell him that his comments commending Bellamy as a player, and teammate were ill conceived and inaccurate.  I'm sure he'll retract them when he knows it's RobR on the phone. Get right on it .  Time is of the essence.

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16 minutes ago, joenamathwouldn'tcry said:

Half the team was not re-signed or released. A lot of those were special teamers.  But you know better. You always do. The contract is for 2.75 million guaranteed and up to 7 million.  Not 3.5/year.  I'll make sure I tell Coach Bates that you think he's made a  mistake. I'll also call Coach Gase and Coach Loggains, who both worked with him previously,to inform them that you think the signing is a bad idea.  Maybe it's not too late, and they can rescind the offer.  In the meantime, you call up Coach Nagy and tell him that his comments commending Bellamy as a player, and teammate were ill conceived and inaccurate.  I'm sure he'll retract them when he knows it's RobR on the phone. Get right on it .  Time is of the essence.

 I think most would see this signing as bad, no need to be a douche in your response. 

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4 hours ago, ChuckkieB said:

29 years old and he had 14 catches last year.  Can you say championship?

championship:win:

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Geez the guys an Elite gunner. Keep the special teams Top notch.

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A tone-setter for the locker room, and an asset on special teams. Money is small. Gase clearly wants some of his guys to help establish his preferred culture.

Might not be good news for Rontez Miles' chances of returning though. You can only have so many guys mainly for special teams.

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2 hours ago, BurnleyJet said:

Geez the guys an Elite gunner. Keep the special teams Top notch.

Amazing how fans loved the "specials" last year but don't want to invest in them

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On 3/11/2019 at 8:13 PM, prime21 said:

Maybe he's Bell's friend?

Maybe he has something on Gase ah ha. 👀 

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