One San Francisco 49ers free-agent who has been overlooked during this year’s off-season is special-teams ace OLB Nick Bellore. Originally an undrafted rookie free-agent from Central Michigan back in 2011, Bellore has been no stranger to starting from the bottom. Whether fighting to make the New York Jets 53-man roster to working his way to the top as a core special-teams player, Bellore is a true gamer when it comes to his on-field performance.
In 2014, Bellore enjoyed a breakout season in which he recorded a team-high 15 tackles on special-teams. And while his athleticism is not elite it’s his high motor, work ethic, and drive that allows him to continue to make plays game in and game out.
Bellore was given a similar two-year deal that OLB Dan Skuta signed back in 2013. Now, Bellore will replace Skuta as the team’s new special-teams ace, as Skuta bolted for the Jacksonville Jaguars via free-agency.
So what should the Forever Faithful expect from the five-year veteran? While he won’t make a splash in base packages, it’s his downfield presence that will be on display. And that’s good news for rookie fifth-round pick (No. 165) P Bradley Pinion.
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Bellore can get upfield in a hurry which allows him to make special-teams tackles look easy. He knows how to take proper angles to ball carriers while occupying multiple blockers if needed, so look for that to help in the game of field-position on Sundays. Not to mention, Bellore is a tough, hard nosed, and aggressive tackler who brings the wood on any given play, that should have Forever Faithful excited as he will likely make a few bone-crushing hits at Levi’s Stadium.
With the 49ers getting ready for training camp on July, 31, keep a close eye on Bellore as he will surely turn heads in 2015.