Giants sign former Cowboys running back Rod Smith

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Dallas Cowboys running back Rod Smith (45) reacts after scoring a touchdown. (Adam Hunger/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have signed former Dallas Cowboys running back Rod Smith.

The Giants announced the signing Wednesday, putting Smith in a crowded backfield to compete for the backup job to NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley.

Smith spent the past four seasons with the Cowboys, playing in 48 games after being awarded to Dallas on waivers from Seattle. He scored two touchdowns, including an 81-yarder, against New York in a game in 2017. He has rushed for 364 yards and five touchdowns and caught 30 passes for 272 yards in his career.

The other players in the backfield are Wayne Gallman, Paul Perkins, Eli Penny, Robert Martin and Jon Hilliman.

Barkley ran 1,307 yards, caught 91 passes and scored 15 touchdowns last season.

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