Fullback Shane Smith was signed to the Giants’ practice squad. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

EAST RUTHERFORD — The Giants have a fullback again. Sort of.

One day after waiving Shane Smith from the active roster, the Giants will re-sign the fullback to their practice squad, a person familiar with the situation confirmed to NJ Advance media. Smith’s signing was first reported by The Record.

Smith got caught in the numbers crunch, as the Giants promoted defensive Cap Capi from the practice squad and re-signed linebacker Deontae Skinner on Thursday to provide depth due to injuries on defense. The Giants also placed linebacker J.T. Thomas (groin) on injured reserve on Thursday.

“We felt we were nicked up at a couple different spots and that’s what we felt we had to do for the team,” coach Ben McAdoo said of the decision to cut Smith.

Smith will take the open spot on the practice squad created by Capi’s promotion. The Giants clearly liked the 6-foot-1, 241-pound Smith, who made the team as an undrafted free agent out of San Jose State.

Smith played just 12 offensive snaps in the first three games of the season. He didn’t play a single offensive snap in Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Eagles, as the Giants deployed a pass-happy up-tempo offense.

Smith played 37 special teams snaps on the punt, punt return and kickoff return units in the first three games.

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