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Jets Re-Sign Tackle Ben Ijalana

Posted Apr 5, 2018

Versatile O-Lineman from South Jersey & Villanova Returns for 6th Season in Green & White


The Jets have re-signed tackle Ben Ijalana, who became a street free agent last month.


Ijalana has been a reliable and versatile offensive lineman since the Jets got him off waivers from Indianapolis at the start of the 2013 season. He played in only three games from 2013-15 but then was pressed into duty in 2016, playing in all 16 games for the first time as a pro and starting 13, the first five starts coming at right tackle and the last eight at LT.

Ijalana didn't play nearly as much last season as he did on his 868 offensive snaps in '16. He got in for 11 games and 56 offensive snaps plus 42 more on special teams. His greatest participation came with his 41 snaps in the season finale at New England.

Ijalana, the Colts' second-round pick (49th overall) in the '11 draft, played his high school football in South Jersey at Rancocas Valley HS and his college ball at Villanova.