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Steelers sign former Cowboys Pro Bowl linebacker Jaylon Smith to bolster defense

by Moxieplay

The Pittsburgh Steelers managed to keep their playoff hopes alive with a crucial victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday. In a bid to bolster their defense, which has been plagued by injuries, the team has made a significant addition by signing former Pro Bowl linebacker Jaylon Smith.

The 28-year-old, renowned for his impressive six-year tenure with the Dallas Cowboys, is set to join Pittsburgh’s practice squad, as confirmed by CBS Sports HQ Senior NFL Insider Josina Anderson.

“Smith’s signing brings much-needed depth and experience to our linebacker corps,” stated Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin. “With several key players sidelined due to injuries, his arrival will provide valuable support as we head into the final stretch of the regular season and potentially into the playoffs.”

Smith’s addition comes at a crucial time for the Steelers, who have been grappling with injuries to several key defensive players. With veterans Kwon Alexander and Cole Holcomb on injured reserve, and Elandon Roberts nursing an injury, the team has faced challenges in maintaining defensive stability. The recent signing of Smith aims to address these concerns and fortify the team’s defensive lineup.

Smith wants to contribute with the Steelers

“Joining the Steelers presents an exciting opportunity for me to contribute to a team with a rich history and a strong playoff potential,” expressed Smith. “I’m eager to make an impact and help the team in any way I can, both on and off the field.”

Having garnered recognition as a second-round pick for the Cowboys in 2016, Smith quickly made his mark as a standout performer within the team’s defense. His remarkable track record includes three consecutive seasons (2018-2020) where he surpassed 120 tackles, along with a combined total of eight sacks and 17 tackles for loss. Despite facing setbacks due to injuries during the 2021 season, Smith’s resilience and skill set have positioned him as a valuable asset for the Steelers as they gear up for their remaining regular-season games and potential postseason matchups.

The addition of Smith not only addresses immediate defensive needs but also underscores the Steelers’ commitment to fortifying their roster for a strong playoff push. As the regular season reaches its climax, Smith’s presence is poised to make a significant impact on the team’s pursuit of postseason success.

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