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Ben Ijalana and Brent Qvale Split Snaps at Right Tackle for Jets vs. Bengals

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A look a the snap count totals for the Jets in their season-opening loss show the competition at right tackle has carried into the regular season. There was a rough split of the snaps between Ben Ijalana and Brent Qvale. Ijalana played 55% of the snaps against Cincinnati, while Qvale played 45%.

Even though Todd Bowles indicated this was a possibility in the lead up to the game, I was a bit surprised to see this happen. Typically, one guy plays the whole game since chemistry and continuity are important along the offensive line. It is not clear whether this is a permanent arrangement, or whether one guy will eventually take over as the full-time starter until Breno Giacomini returns. Perhaps it is a situation where one player could play himself into or out of the job with performances that stand out either positively or negatively.

The full snap count totals for the game on offense are below.

R Clady T 71 100%
J Carpenter G 71 100%
B Winters G 71 100%
R Fitzpatrick QB 71 100%
N Mangold C 71 100%
E Decker WR 70 99%
B Marshall WR 68 96%
Q Enunwa WR 63 89%
K Davis TE 54 76%
M Forte RB 54 76%
B Ijalana T 39 55%
B Qvale T 32 45%
B Powell RB 17 24%
J Marshall WR 15 21%
B Bostick TE 8 11%
R Anderson WR 4 6%
J Howsare LB 1 1%
W Johnson T 1 1%