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Jaylon Smith signing: Veteran linebacker returning to Giants

Smith expected to be part of team’s practice squad

NFL: Washington Football Team at New York Giants
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Veteran linebacker Jaylon Smith, who had a four-game audition for the team at the end of the 2021 season, is returning to the New York Giants.

Smith’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, tweeted earlier Monday that Smith is re-joining the Giants.

The 27-year-old Smith was a 2017 second-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys. He played four games for Dallas last season and two with the Green Bay Packers before joining the Giants at the end of the season.

Smith started two games for New York, and played well. He had 19 tackles (one for loss), a sack and a quarterback hit.

New GM Joe Schoen decided not to bring Smith, a free agent, back during the offseason. Now, though, the 6’2, 245-pounder is back.

Multiple reports indicate that Smith will be joining the Giants’ 16-player practice squad. A corresponding move has not been announced as the Giants have yet to make the signing of Smith official.

Here is a look at the current practice squad, not including Smith.

TE Austin Allen
DL Ryder Anderson
RB Jashaun Corbin
CB Zyon Gilbert
OT Will Holden
S Tony Jefferson
WR Marcus Johnson
OT Roy Mbaeteka
OL K.C. McDermott
DL Henry Mondeaux
CB Fabian Moreau
WR Kalil Pimpleton
Edge Quincy Roche
S Trenton Thompson
QB Davis Webb
OLB Chuck Wiley
RB Sandro Platzgummer (international exemption)