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Orleans Darkwa: New Giant RB a diamond in the rough?

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Could Orleans Darkwa turn into a nice find for the Giants?

Orleans Darkwa
Orleans Darkwa
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Let's circle back to a topic from earlier this week and talk more about the newest member of the New York Giants, running back Orleans Darkwa. Could Darkwa, an undrafted rookie signed off the practice squad of the Miami Dolphins, develop into a player who does more than just fill a roster spot for the rest of the season? Could he develop into a player who has a future with the Giants?


If it wasn't obvious from his previous comments about Darkwa, The Phinsider's Kevin Nogle seems to be very high on the young running back. Here is more from Nogle, sent this week via e-mail:

Darkwa became a fan favorite this summer because he had the perfect story of an undrafted free agent splashing onto the scene and looking like someone who could make the roster. The Dolphins actually had two of those at the same position, with Damien Williams slightly ahead of Darkwa, but both made the roster to start the season. When Miami needed roster space, however, Darkwa was the guy who was waived and signed to the practice squad. He has a ton of talent, but is still developing into an NFL running back. He has good vision and usually makes the correct decisions. He is an all-around running back, who can be used as a receiver out of the backfield as well. He still needs to work on blitz pick-up / pass protection, but he's young and that's to be expected. Darkwa is a good pickup for the Giants, who clearly need running back help. He should not be counted on as a 20 carry a game running back yet, but he is someone who can get you chunks of yardage on limited snaps.

Darkwa, it seems, was in some ways the Dolphins version of Corey Washington in the preseason. The 6-foot, 215-pound back from Tulane was the Dolphins' leading rusher in preseason, gaining 112 yards on 25 carries (4.5 yards per carry). His longest run was 53 yards. Darkwa also caught seven passes for 53 more yards and had one kickoff return for 29 yards.

It would be unfair to expect Darkwa to do more than contribute on special teams initially. It will, however, be interesting to see if he can eventually become part of the Giants' running back rotation. He certainly seems to come with an intriguing skill set.