Practice Squad Signings: Smith, Banks

The New York Jets have signed WR Shaine Smith and RB Alvin Banks to the practice squad and released WR Evan Prall from the practice squad. The announcements were made by Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.

Smith (6'2", 189), who originally signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted rookie free agent May 10, was waived Aug. 31. He played two seasons at Hofstra University, recording 61 catches for 951 yards and nine touchdowns after transferring from Nassau Community College in New York. As a Pride senior, he caught 60 passes for 951 yards and nine touchdowns and recorded four 100-yard games.

Banks (5'10", 225), who was signed by the Jets on May 12 as an undrafted rookie free agent, rushed for 11 yards on five carries during the preseason before being waived Sept. 1. He finished his career third in James Madison history in rushing yards (2,694) and rushing attempts (551) and fifth in rushing touchdowns (28) and had 11 career 100-yard rushing games.

Prall (5'11", 182), who signed with the Jets on June 14, was waived Sept. 1 and signed to the practice squad Nov. 6. He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Arizona Cardinals on May 1 and was waived May 29. At East Stroudsburg, he recorded 236 receptions and set conference records for career receiving yards (4,093) and touchdowns (50) over his four-year career at the Division II school.

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