Sunday, September 1, 2013
Jets claim OT Ijalana; cut Bell, Lansanah
By Rich Cimini
As expected, the New York Jets were busy on The Day After, acquiring three players on waivers. The newest name is former Colts left tackle Ben Ijalana.
Ijalana, a native of New Brunswick, N.J., was a second-round pick out of Villanova in 2011. He suffered a torn ACL in each of his first two seasons, causing the Colts to give up on him. He has played in only four games. It's a logical move for the Jets, who need depth at tackle. They figured veteran Jason Smith would be the answer, but he was woefully inept in the final preseason game.
An AFC scout said of Ijalana, "He's a smooth athlete. Good feet, not real physical. He's an undersized tackle [6-foot-4, 322 pounds], but has long arms."
The Jets have 10 offensive linemen on the roster.
To make room for the three waiver claims -- Ijalana, running back Alex Green and outside linebacker Scott Solomon -- the Jets released running back Kahlil Bell and linebacker Danny Lansanah and placed linebacker Josh Mauga (back) on injured reserve.
Bell and Lansanah enjoyed solid preseasons. In fact, Bell rushed for a team-high 114 yards and scored four touchdowns. Lansanah spent four years out of the NFL and thought he had made the team, but cut-down weekend is unpredictable. Shortly before the move was announced, Lansanah tweeted one word: "Wow!!!!!"