Jaylon Smith Jan 9, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants middle linebacker Jaylon Smith (45) celebrates a defensive stop against the Washington Football Team during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Beat writer Art Stapleton reported that he was signed to the Giants practice squad.

The news was generally met with positive feedback.

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.

[Doug Hendrickson, Art Stapleton]

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