The New York Giants are bringing back a veteran defender to bolster their linebacker corps. Jaylon Smith, who spent part of the 2021 season with the Giants, is returning to New York.
On Monday, Smith’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, announced on Twitter that Smith had signed with the Giants.
— Doug Hendrickson (@DHendrickson41) September 19, 2022
Beat writer Art Stapleton reported that he was signed to the Giants practice squad.
Giants are signing Jaylon Smith to the practice squad. https://t.co/pDvXjc72Ol
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) September 19, 2022
The news was generally met with positive feedback.
Jaylon Smith spent time with the Giants last year. Started two games. Played well. Now returns. https://t.co/uBeuiPYhZJ
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) September 19, 2022
The #Giants are looking to get faster on inside, Jaylon Smith provides that.
— The Giant Insider Newspaper & Podcast (@GiantInsider) September 19, 2022
Big bro! Lets go!! https://t.co/2x1ExIBRm1
— Troy Pride Jr. (@TroyPride18) September 19, 2022
— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) September 19, 2022
Smith was selected by the Dallas Cowboys out of Notre Dame in the second round of the 2016 Draft. He missed all of the 2016 season with an injury but played in every game from 2017-2020, starting every game for the Cowboys from 2018 onward. In 2019, Smith recorded 142 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one interception, making the Pro Bowl.
In 2021, he played in only four games for Dallas, starting only two, before he was released. Smith then signed with the Green Bay Packers, appearing in two games off of the bench before getting released. He was then signed by the Giants, where he played in four games, starting two. In those four games, he made 19 tackles and recorded a sack.
New York has been one of the NFL’s biggest surprises through the first two weeks of the 2022 season, starting 2-0. Smith’s new team will be in action against one of his old ones in Week 3. The Giants will host the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.