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Undrafted receiver Josh Bellamy turned some heads during Chiefs OTAs

Posted Jun 25, 2012

A former two-way player at Louisville, Bellamy has his eyes set on earning a special teams and receiving role with the Chiefs

#8 Josh Bellamy—Wide Receiver—Louisville

Pre-KC:

Bellamy (6-0, 206 lbs.) played in 26 games with 17 starts for the Cardinals over the course of two seasons. He averaged 12.8 yards per catch and grabbed seven touchdowns. He played cornerback as well and registered 10 career tackles. Bellamy also returned kickoffs for the Cardinals.

Prior to signing with Louisville, Bellamy was a standout receiver at Butte Community College (Calif.), the same community college former Cowboys guard Larry Allen and current Packers QB Aaron Rodgers played at before transferring to NCAA FBS programs.

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The Chiefs were one of many teams in attendance during Bellamy’s eye-popping pro day. Bellamy ran routes with former Cardinals quarterback Brian Brohm and worked at cornerback before posting a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash.

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As receivers and quarterbacks were working together during OTAs, Bellamy ran a perfect fade route for veteran quarterback Brady Quinn. Quinn hit the undrafted rookie in stride right in front of the end zone, and he appreciated how easy Bellamy made his touchdown pass look.

“That’s what I’m talking about, No. 8,” Quinn shouted at Bellamy. “That’s a nice route.”

Quinn probably knows Bellamy’s name by now. This was one of the many plays that helped Bellamy get noticed during the Chiefs offseason program.

“The Bellamy kid has some quickness, some size,” head coach Romeo Crennel said as the team concluded its offseason program. “He’s a little inconsistent, and we still have to work with him. We’ll have to see how he progresses.”

Thus far, Bellamy has been able to differentiate himself from the horde of young receivers competing for one of the final roster spots at the position. He’s shown promising athletic ability that has Crennel intrigued heading into training camp.

For an undrafted player, that’s about as much as you can ask following a month of non-padded practices.

“It’s been good, just the transition from college to the NFL,” Bellamy said. “I love it. I was expecting it to be very fast, and it’s much faster than college, but I don’t feel like it’s been too fast for me.”

Bellamy has held his own as a receiver, but knows catching passes isn’t the only thing he needs to do in order to make the Chiefs roster.

“Special teams,” said Bellamy. “That’s the fastest way to the field for me.”

Focusing on the part of the game where he can make an immediate impact is a wise approach on Bellamy’s part and, when it comes to making his way on special teams, Bellamy has an ace up his sleeve.

In college, Bellamy had no problem playing cornerback when it was needed.  His experience as a two-way player gives him an edge over other offensive players looking to impress on coverage units.

“I love special teams,” Bellamy said. “I put it above offense and defense and I know that’s the fastest way to make the squad as a rookie, especially for an undrafted guy like me. I’m just trying to find a way to stick on this team.”

The Chiefs have a logjam of established players and promising young pass catchers ahead of Bellamy on the depth chart, and as Bellamy said, the quickest way to get playing time is on special teams.

Current Chiefs veterans Jovan Belcher and Cory Greenwood were once special teams standouts, and since Scott Pioli became the Chiefs general manager in 2009, at least one undrafted player has made the regular-season roster each year.

Bellamy has the tools to continue that streak.

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