The New York Giants today placed running back Michael Cox (fractured leg) on injured reserve and signed former Miami Dolphins running back Orleans Darkwa to take his place on the 53-man roster. Darkwa, who played in four games for Miami this season, was signed from the Dolphins practice squad.
Darkwa, 22, is a 5-foot-11, 215-pound back from Tulane. He ran four times for two yards and caught three passes for 31 yards this season for Miami after joining the team as an undrafted free agent.
A collegiate scouting report on Darkwa shows why he went undrafted:
Darkwa was consistent at Tulane and a running back with a nose for the end zone. Though productive on the college level, he lacks top physical skills for the NFL and his inability to catch the ball out of the backfield will hold him back.
Here is a little bit about Darkwa from SB Nation Dolphins web site, The Phinsider. It puts a much more positive spin his abilities:
Darkwa's decisiveness with the ball in his hands rivals that of Moreno's and he has above average ball-carrier vision. ... a very good pass catcher ... slippery and tough to tackle ... pass blocking is questionable.
Plus, he probably has the coolest name on the Giants' roster. Orleans Darkwa!
The Giants also dropped safety Kyle Sebetic from their practice squad and added cornerback Josh Victorian. Victorian played eight games for the Houston Texans last season and four with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012.