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New York signs running back Rod Smith


The New York Giants added another addition to their backfield who will compete for a backup spot behind Saquon Barkley.

Rod Smith, who spent most of the previous four seasons with NFC East rival Dallas, joins a backfield that is led by Barkley and includes former draft choices Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins, 2018 acquisition Eli Penny, and undrafted free agents Robert Martin and Jon Hilliman.

Smith, 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, has played in 49 regular-season games – 48 of them for the Cowboys, who acquired him off waivers in 2015 after he was released by the Seattle Seahawks. He started one game in each of the previous two seasons. His career totals include 101 rushing attempts for 364 yards (3.6-yard avg.) and five touchdowns with a long run of 45 yards, and 30 receptions for 272 yards and one touchdown – an 81-yarder vs. the Giants in MetLife Stadium on Dec. 10, 2017.

Last year, Smith played in all 16 games for the first time in his four NFL seasons. His season totals included 44 carries for 127 yards, and nine catches for 60 yards.

While Barkley has the looks of a superstar, the Giants are looking to strengthen their depth behind him. Gallman, who is entering his third season, rushed for 176 yards on 51 carries and caught 14 passes last year. Perkins missed the entire 2018 season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle.

Martin spent the entire 2018 season on the Giants’ practice squad. Hilliman, a Rutgers product, was signed last week.