7 recently cut players the NY Jets could target on the waiver wire

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2. NY Jets waiver target: DT Armon Watts

The Vikings made a handful of surprising cuts on Tuesday, but none were more surprising than the release of defensive lineman Armon Watts. A former sixth-round pick, Watts appeared in all 17 games for the Vikings last season, making nine starts.

He was particularly impressive as a pass rusher as he added five sacks and finished with a PFF pass-rush grade of 70.9 that ranked 25th among all interior defensive linemen.

That wasn't enough to save him a roster spot, though. Still, at just 26 years old, Watts is a young, affordable defensive tackle who's coming off a career year. I'd be surprised if he passed through waivers unclaimed.

The Jets could use some extra defensive tackle depth and Watts could easily take Nathan Shepherd's place on the roster, serving as an immediate upgrade.

1. NY Jets waiver target: S Marquise Blair

It's very possible that the Jets add a veteran safety like Tony Jefferson, Anthony Harris, or Jaquiski Tartt to their roster, but if they want to go the waiver route, the top option is undoubtedly Marquise Blair.

Blair was a second-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2019 NFL Draft. The former Utah star put together a promising rookie season but ran into a string of bad injury luck in the subsequent two seasons.

Blair tore his ACL in 2020 and missed all but two games, and appeared in just six games last season as a result of another knee injury. Much like Tabor, Blair has played both nickel cornerback and safety during his time in Seattle, although he's probably a better fit at the latter position.

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The Jets could bring in Blair to take the place of either Ashtyn Davis or undrafted rookie Tony Adams, providing the team with better depth at safety. The fact that he has experience in a similar defensive scheme certainly helps his case.