Nick Bellore, as a linebacker
As odd as it sounds that Bellore might not have made the active 53-man roster, one has to remember he technically didn’t last year. He was released and then immediately re-signed for salary cap reasons. But there should be no doubt that entering 2021 Bellore needs to be on the initial roster.
But he shouldn’t be listed as a fullback. He gets very few reps during the season at fullback (he did get a look at fullback on Saturday but that seemed more like an experiment than a plan moving forward) and this preseason, even against some starters and second-teamers on opposing teams, Bellore has looked like he has been a linebacker his entire career.
Bellore is a sure tackler and has enough quickness to cover lots of turf as a linebacker. When Cody Barton and Bellore were in the game together they played off of each other well. Neither Barton nor Bellore is going to start for the Seahawks at linebacker this year but if they were forced into action, they looked like they could hold their own. Bellore led Seattle in tackles on Saturday with 6.
Of course, Nick Bellore is going to make the team because he is a special teams ace having made the Pro Bowl in 2020 for that. He is also the kind of guy who will do whatever is asked and apparently would do well. Maybe Seattle should have even have given Bellore a few snaps at quarterback? (I joke.)