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Rod Smith, Dallas Cowboys (December 30, 2018)

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The New York Giants have signed unrestricted free agent running back Rod Smith (Dallas Cowboys). The 27-year old, 6’3”, 235-pound Smith was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Seattle Seahawks after the 2015 NFL Draft. He was released by Seattle in October 2015. The Cowboys claimed him off of waivers and he played with the Cowboys until the end of the 2018 season. Smith has played in 49 regular-season games with two starts, carrying the ball 101 times for 364 yards and five touchdowns. He also has caught 30 passes for 272 yards and one touchdown.

Transcripts and video clips of Wednesday’s media sessions with the following position coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at


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The New York Giants have officially hired Mike Dawson as outside linebackers coach and Henry Baker as assistant defensive backs coach.

“We are thrilled to add Mike and Henry to our coaching staff,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “They are both outstanding teachers, communicators and motivators. They are also great people, and we look forward to both of them contributing to our success.”

Dawson replaces Rob Leonard, who had served as assistant linebackers coach and was hired away by the Miami Dolphins in January. Bill McGovern, who worked with Dawson when both were coaches for the Philadelphia Eagles and Boston College Eagles, remains the team’s linebackers coach.

Dawson served as defensive line coach for Central Florida (2016-2017) and Nebraska (2018) in recent years. He was the assistant defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014-2015.

Baker replaces Deshea Townsend, who was hired away by the Chicago Bears last month. Baker will serve under Defensive Backs Coach Lou Anarumo.

In recent years, Baker has served as cornerbacks coach at Delaware (2011-2016), Rutgers (2017), and North Carolina (2018). He had re-joined the Rutgers staff this offseason before opting for the Giants. Baker participated in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship with the Detroit Lions during the 2015 preseason camp and in 2016 with the New York Giants.

Outside Linebackers Coach Mike Dawson

  • 2019-Present: Outside Linebackers Coach, New York Giants
  • 2018: Defensive Line Coach, University of Nebraska
  • 2016-2017: Defensive Line Coach, University of Central Florida
  • 2014-2015: Assistant Defensive Line Coach, Philadelphia Eagles
  • 2013: Defensive Quality Control Coach, Philadelphia Eagles
  • 2009-2011: Special Teams Coach, Boston College
  • 2006-2008: Linebackers Coach, University of Akron
  • 2004-2005: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, University of New Hampshire
  • 2002-2003: Linebackers Coach, University of New Hampshire
  • 2001: Offensive Line Coach, University of New Hampshire
  • 2000: Linebackers Coach, University of New Hampshire
  • 1999: Graduate Assistant, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1998: Defensive Assistant, University of Maine
  • 1998: Defensive Line Coach, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Defensive End and Linebacker, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (1995-1997)

Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Henry Baker

  • 2019-Present: Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, New York Giants
  • 2019: Cornerbacks Coach/Passing Game Coordinator, Rutgers University
  • 2018: Cornerbacks Coach, University of North Carolina
  • 2017: Cornerbacks Coach, Rutgers University
  • 2013-2016: Cornerbacks Coach, University of Delaware
  • 2012: Special Teams Coordinator/Cornerbacks Coach, University of Delaware
  • 2011: Cornerbacks Coach, University of Delaware
  • 2010: Defensive Backs Coach, East Stroudsburg University
  • 2008-2009: Defensive/Special Teams Assistant, University of Maryland
  • 2007: Assistant Coach, South Miami High School (Florida)
  • 2005-2006: Assistant Coach, Eastside High School (New Jersey)
  • 2003: Assistant Coach, Eastside High School (New Jersey)
  • 2001: Recruiting Intern, University of Maryland
  • Pro Experience: Defensive Back for Kansas City Chiefs (2003)
  • Collegiate Experience: Defensive Back, University of Maryland (1994-1997)

A complete list of the team’s coaching staff is available in the Coaching Staff section of the website.