NY Jets: 8 practice squad players the team could poach

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4. NY Jets target: Colton McKivitz, OT, San Francisco 49ers

Now begins a run on 49ers players. Colton McKivitz was a fifth-round pick in last year's draft who was a somewhat surprising roster cut this summer.

McKivitz played in 14 games as a rookie making three starts and he held his own when on the field. Despite a strong summer, the 49ers chose veteran (and former Jet) Tom Compton to make the roster instead.

Offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and offensive line coach John Benton were a part of the coaching staff that opted to draft McKivitz a little over a year ago. They saw the progress he made throughout his rookie season.

The West Virginia product should probably be on an NFL roster, and the Jets make a ton of sense given their need and his connection to the coaching staff.

3. NY Jets target: Nate Gerry, LB, San Francisco 49ers

Although Nate Gerry is currently on the 49ers practice squad, he has no connection to the Jets coaching staff. Instead, he has a connection to general manager Joe Douglas as Gerry a fifth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2017 NFL Draft, when Douglas was serving as the team's vice president of player personnel.

It just so happens that Gerry, now on the 49ers practice squad, has the exact skill set Saleh looks for in a linebacker.

A former college safety (where have we seen that before?), Gerry projects as a very similar player to Jamien Sherwood given their hard-hitting, athletic style of play.

Gerry started 19 games over the last two years with the Eagles and would not only give the Jets an experienced, young linebacker, but he would also be a perfect short-term replacement and eventual backup to Sherwood in the Jets scheme ( a better backup than Del'Shawn Phillips).

The connection to Douglas is just the cherry on top.