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James Ihedigbo
SS #44
Height:
6-1
Weight:
214
College:
Massachusetts
Hometown:
Northampton, Mass.
Experience:
6
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 90 274 186 88 8 0 13 3 0 54 -- 37
2014 DET 5 30 23 7 2 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2013 BAL 16 101 63 38 0 -- 11 3 0 54 18 37
2012 BAL 16 25 18 7 1 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2011 NE 16 69 46 23 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2010 NYJ 14 22 21 1 3 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 NYJ 15 19 12 7 2 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 NYJ 8 8 3 5 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

James Ihedigbo was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on Aug. 19, 2011 … Originally signed by the New York Jets as a rookie free agent (5/15/07) … Waived by the Jets (8/20/07) … Signed by the Jets to the practice squad (9/3/08) … Signed by the Jets to the 53-man roster from the practice squad (10/29/08).

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
James Ihedigbo was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on Aug. 19, 2011 … Originally signed by the New York Jets as a rookie free agent (5/15/07) … Waived by the Jets (8/20/07) … Signed by the Jets to the practice squad (9/3/08) … Signed by the Jets to the 53-man roster from the practice squad (10/29/08).

SEASONAL REVIEWS

2011 (16/12, 3/3)
  • Started 12-of-16 games, finishing the season with 72 tackles (50 solo).
  • Made five tackles in a start against the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI (2/5).
  • Sacked Joe Flacco for a 12-yard loss on a third quarter third-and-eight in the red zone, forcing a Ravens field goal. Added eight tackles in a start in the AFC Championship game (1/22).
  • Started at safety and made seven tackles in the Divisional playoff game against the Broncos (1/14).
  • Made one tackle in a start against the Bills (1/1).
  • Made eight tackles in a start against the Dolphins (12/24).
  • Contributed seven tackles in a start against the Broncos (12/18).
  • Recorded five tackles in a start against the Redskins (12/11).
  • Made five tackles in a start against the Colts (12/4).
  • Tallied six tackles and a pass defensed in a start against the Eagles (11/27).
  • Made five tackles in a start against the Chiefs (11/21).
  • Made a career-high eight tackles in a start against the Jets (11/13).
  • Recorded four tackles in a start against the Giants (11/6).
  • Made seven solo tackles in a start against the Steelers (10/30).
  • Started at safety for the second game in a row, making seven tackles. Combined with Kyle Arrington to break up a Tony Romo pass on third down in the fourth quarter in Patriots territory, forcing a Cowboys punt  (10/16).
  • Started his first career game, making seven tackles against the Jets (10/9).
  • Saw time on defense and special teams, making two tackles against the Raiders (10/2).
  • Recorded one special teams tackle against the Bills (9/25).
  • Made two tackles in a reserve role against the Chargers (9/18).
  • Saw time on special teams against the Dolphins in his first game as a Patriot (9/12).

2010 (14/0, 3/0 – New York Jets)
  • Played in 14 regular season games and three postseason games for the Jets.
  • Finished with 22 total tackles on defense, 3.0 sacks and one fumble recovery.
  • He finished second on the team with a career-high 27 special teams tackles.
  • He played in three postseason games, finishing with three total tackles and one special teams tackle.

2009 (15/0, 3/0 – New York Jets):
  • Played in 15 games in the regular season and three postseason games for the Jets.
  • Recorded 19 tackles on defense, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble as a contributor to the Jets’ number one ranked defense.
  • Led the Jets with 26 special teams tackles.
  • Garnered playing time in all three postseason games and finished with six tackles as well as 10 special teams tackles.
  • Registered his first NFL sack when he dropped Tampa Bay’s QB Josh Freeman for a 4-yard loss at Tampa Bay (12/13).

2008 (8/0 – New York Jets)
  • Was waived by the Jets following training camp before being signed to the practice squad on Sept.3.
  • Was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Oct. 29.
  • Played in eight games and finished 8 total tackles on defense and 11 special teams tackles.
  • Played in his first NFL regular-season game at Buffalo (11/1).

2007 (0/0 – New York Jets)
  • Spent his rookie season on injured reserve.

COLLEGE
  • A former walk-on turned three-year starter at UMass, who served as the team captain his senior season.
  • Recorded 251 total tackles, 12.5 sacks and eight interceptions and 19 passes defensed in his college career.
  • Named Walter Camp All-American, College Sporting News All-Star and Atlantic-10 First Team defensive back his senior season.
  • Recorded 74 total tackles and four interceptions as a true freshman.

PERSONAL
  • Born Dec. 3, 1983 in Northampton, Mass.
  • His parents moved to the United States 30 years ago from Nigeria and both received their doctorates from the University of Massachusetts.
  • Has three brothers, Emeka, Nate and David and one sister, Onyi.
  • Majored in Sociology at UMass.

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