The Jets were one of the more active teams at the start of the 2019 Free Agency period, signing and trading for impact players to address immediate needs. One of the early moves they made was jumping to sign Josh Bellamy, a 29-year-old wide receiver with good size (6ft, 210lbs), formerly of the Bears.
Bellamy played his last two years in college at Louisville after completing two years at Junior College in California. In his two years at Louisville, he totaled 53 catches for 681 yards and 7 touchdowns. Bellamy signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and found a spot on their practice squad and eventually their active roster, making little contribution on the field. He had similar stints with the Chargers and Redskins in subsequent years before latching on with the Bears in 2014.
In 2015, Bellamy and new Jets’ Coach Adam Gase spent a year together in Chicago where Gase was the Offensive Coordinator. In that year, he had his first true impact on the field with 19 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns. In the three years without Gase in Chicago, Bellamy’s offensive output was still marginal at best as he amassed only 76 receptions for 999 yards and 5 touchdowns in his four years.
Bellamy was brought to the Jets to be in on all four phases on Brant Boyer’s Special Teams units: Kickoff, Kick Return, Punt and Punt Return. His ties to Adam Gase were a clear reason as to why the Jets made this move. However, it remains to be seen what kind of depth Gase envisions he will provide at receiver.
This was a questionable move for Mike Maccagnan and the Jets this early in free agency. Bellamy’s special teams’ experience will surely be useful on Boyer’s units, but his lack of production on the offensive side of the ball and at returner make this a head-scratching move for a day-one signing.