Barring injury, there’s no reason to think Belton won’t be on the 53-man roster. The bigger question surrounding Belton is what kind of role will he initially have? Will he be a starter, rotation player, or a special teamer?
Releasing veteran safety Logan Ryan opens up an opportunity, but others are looking to fill the starter role alongside Xavier McKinney, most notably fourth-year pro Julian Love.
A cornerback convert, Love has been called upon to start a handful of games each season. He is looked at as more of a third-level safety and already has a healthy understanding of the game and the competition he’ll face at this level.
That said, there is a possible world in which Love and Belton can co-exist on the field simultaneously, given what defensive coordinator Wink Martindale has done in the past with personnel.
Love could be utilized against the smaller, more agile slot receivers, and Belton being used against bigger bodies. Belton could also be used in more exotic blitz packages or when blitzing calls for the safeties to operate more as linebackers, which he should excel at.
Belton probably won’t be a starter right out of the gate, but look for him to be intimately involved in the defensive game plan while also adding talent to the special teams units.