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Giants Add LB Jaylon Smith Ahead of Cowboys Game

Currently battling a COVID-19 outbreak on their roster, the Giants have signed Linebacker Jaylon Smith to their practice squad. The former Cowboy is expected to be active when Dallas visits New York in tomorrow’s Week 15 matchup.

Ironically, Smith was released by the Cowboys during the days leading up to their first meeting with the Giants in Week 5. He signed with the Packers a couple days later and played in two games before Green Bay cut him in early November.

New York’s lost two backup linebackers, Cam Brown and Oshane Ximines, to the Reserve/COVID-19 list this week. While Jaylon’s been on the couch for over a month, his five-plus years of experience in Dallas could help him be functional with almost no preparation work for tomorrow’s game.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter: “Giants have signed former Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith to their practice squad leading up to the teams’ Sunday matchup at MetLife Stadium. Smith has been assigned No. 54, per the Giants’ online roster. No. 9 is claimed (punter Riley Dixon). / Twitter”

Giants have signed former Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith to their practice squad leading up to the teams’ Sunday matchup at MetLife Stadium. Smith has been assigned No. 54, per the Giants’ online roster. No. 9 is claimed (punter Riley Dixon).

Ed Werder on Twitter: “The Giants are expecting linebacker Jaylon Smith to play Sunday against the #Cowboys because of their Covid-depleted roster. Smith was signed to the practice squad today. / Twitter”

The Giants are expecting linebacker Jaylon Smith to play Sunday against the #Cowboys because of their Covid-depleted roster. Smith was signed to the practice squad today.

Dallas surprisingly cut Jaylon Smith after he fell down the depth chart to rookie sensation Micah Parsons and veteran free agent Keanu Neal. Despite gaining no salary cap relief from the move, the Cowboys decided they were better off without Smith and freed up more opportunities for younger prospects.

Jaylon was selected early in the 2nd Round, 34th overall, of the 2016 NFL Draft. His stock dropped after a horrific knee injury Notre Dame but the Cowboys hoped he could still be an elite prospect with time and rehab.

Smith did make a comeback, arguably deserving to make the Pro Bowl in 2018 and finally doing so the following season. But after clashing with new Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan in 2020 and then showing signs of physical degradation and mental breakdowns early this year, the Cowboys finally decided to cut him loose.

Given his recent layoff and lack of system familiarity, Jaylon Smith isn’t likely to play a large role for the Giants tomorrow. But it will still be surreal to see him in a different shade of blue and playing for one of the Cowboys’ NFC East rivals.

What do you think?

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Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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  1. Lol agreed, bruh Jaylon seems to be so aggro that we let him go, he first joined the Packers, whose beaten us in the past and they’ve been a bit of a playoff rival of ours, but he so trash, they end up cutting him too, now he with Giants a NFC East rival of ours, like dude, get over it

    I still wish him the best , and his story is inspiring, but c’mon man, you couldn’t have picked anywhere else other than the Pack and the Giants ?

  2. Good Kid but honestly I think his best days are behind him. I believe he had his career and it’s time for him to move on. The Giants only signed him for info…. they’ll cut him soon enough.

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