NY Jets: 8 potential waiver wire claims the team could make

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8. NY Jets target: Devante Downs, LB, New York Giants

The Jets could really use additional linebacker depth, and while pickings were slim at this spot, one player who could make some sense if waived is Devante Downs.

Downs emerged as an unlikely starting candidate for the New York Giants last year starting eight games for a porous Giants defense.

He's a good special teamer with enough athleticism to get by in a Robert Saleh scheme. And given that it seems unlikely the Giants keep him, he could be a potential target for the Jets.

Remember, the Jets got a close look at Downs and the Giants when they faced on in the first preseason game. Perhaps that connection leads to something.

7. NY Jets target: Kayode Awosika, OT, Philadelphia Eagles

Another player the Jets got a close look at this summer is Eagles undrafted rookie Kayode Awosika. Awosika has been one of the more notable standouts from Eagles' training camp and the athletic offensive lineman is pushing for a roster spot.

But the Eagles have a lot of competition for those final offensive line spots and Awosika might miss the cut. The Buffalo product is an excellent athlete who has experienced playing both tackle and guard.

Philadelphia paid him the second-most money out of all their undrafted rookies and the coaching staff remains high on him. But if they can't find a roster spot for him, he'll be subject to waivers.

Bo Wulf of The Athletic even speculated that the Patriots or Jets (the two teams the Eagles had joint practices with) could consider claiming Awosika if he was cut.

The Jets need offensive line depth, and if they were impressed by Awosika last week, they could look to target him on waivers.