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Outside of being one of the first draftees to sign his contract with the Jets, Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George has had a quiet few sessions of minicamps and OTAs so far.
Things will not be quiet for George for long, however. He will fight fierce competition for a job as a backup inside linebacker this offseason, primarily with the incumbent Nick Bellore. Bellore is a trusted special teams ace, but George offers more upside as a rangy, athletic specimen.
Barring an unexpected performance for either player, Rex Ryan appears to have already mapped out a plan for how to use his two backup linebackers, Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger notes:
Jets coach Rex Ryan said after the draft that George and Nick Bellore, a valuable special teams player, would back up Harris and Davis – and that George and Bellore would probably work as backups at both the middle linebacker and weak-side linebacker spots, splitting practice time at both positions to develop depth.
There seems to be a good chance that George, like Bellore, could develop into a special teams contributor this season.
The real test for George will be next season when David Harris could potentially leave in free agency, opening up a spot in the starting lineup. More than anything else, George needs to convince the Jets' brass that they needn't look elsewhere for linebacker labor should Harris leave.