Rex Ryan had some definitive thoughts on giveaways inside the opponents' 20, a few of which he saw during this morning's return-to-work training camp practice.
"It's always nice when you can make a play down there in that short space," said Bellore, sporting a cut lip from a collision during that red zone period. "You've got to kind of put it behind you, but it's always nice to get those. Of course, I would've liked to take it 100 yards for a score."
We already know Nick Bellore can come through in several roles. Since arriving as an undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan in '11, he's been an accomplished special teams leader and tackler and even took his first career reception 23 yards on a fake punt last season.
But this summer he's seeking to expand his defensive portfolio. Last season he was in on 336 special teams plays, second-most on the Jets behind
"It's a process every day," Bellore said. "I really need to be ready to step in at any number of positions. I want to be ready for when my name is called to get a shot to do it, and the key to that is just staying on top of all the players, whether it's Mike or Will or dime, whatever, because guys get injured, it's kind of the nature of the game."
If Bellore keeps coming up with two interceptions at a time, at least as far as his head coach scores them in the red zone, he's a snap to start getting more defensive playing time.
Ryan wasn't happy with the practice, faulting not just the RZ turnovers but also three offensive penalties and the defense's downturn in intensity. "I thought the focus wasn't there, the attention to detail," Rex said. "I was not happy with the practice."
One exception was QB
There were some comments about a Sanchez red zone overthrow that bounced off the railing past the end line and off a golfcart on the other side. But that was a positive, not a negative. He didn't take the sack, didn't throw the pick, threw the ball "into the stands" and wasn't flagged. And the drive continued.
Powell, whom Sanchez called "probably one of the most underrated players in the league," won't be that anymore if he continues to pile up practices and games like the Green & White Scrimmage and today's work, which also included a 20-yard dash to set up his TD catch. ... CB