Jaylon Smith, New York Giant
Once a prominent member of the Dallas Cowboys' defense, Jaylon Smith lined up on Sunday against the team whose uniform he wore during training camp and the first few games of this season. Smith, who the Cowboys released back in October, was signed by the Giants this week and was ready for the matchup against the team that drafted him.
For moments, it seemed every bit the reunion. During back-to-back scuffles between numerous players on both teams after the whistle, Smith did not involve himself, instead choosing to say hello to Michael Gallup. At one point, Smith and Elliott patted each other on the chest immediately after a play.
The Cowboys' other running back, however, said that Smith did not have to say hello in order for him to be noticed.
"He tackled me a couple of times," Pollard said. "I could tell, every time, because he was a hard hitter, so I definitely knew it was him. It was good for him to get back on his feet, with another organization, giving it another try."
For Jourdan Lewis, who recorded an interception in Sunday's game, it was a relief to see Smith on the field doing what he's done his whole life.
"I feel amazing [for him]," Lewis said. "We've known each other since ninth grade. It's really good to see him out there running sideline to sideline, like I know he can. I'm a true believer that he's a starting linebacker here. He could play at a Pro Bowl level. He just needs the opportunity."
Smith had three tackles in his first game with the Giants.
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