Written by Luis Sung at 12:15 PM EST | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, the New York Giants signed undrafted free agent running back Orleans Darkwa off of the Miami Dolphins practice squad in order to add some depth to a position where they have struggled to find some decent production all season long since they have had serious injury woes.
Darkwa, who was signed onto the Dolphins practice squad shortly after being cut from the team during final cuts, was a four-year letterman at Tulane University, and he ran for 2,953 yards and 39 touchdowns on 663 carries (4.5 avg.), hauled in 77 passes for 595 yards (7.7 avg.), returned eight kickoffs for 150 yards (18.8 avg.), completed 3-of-5 passes for 77 yards (15.4 avg.) and a pair of touchdowns, and plunged in for one two-point conversion during his college career.
Darkwa, along with fellow undrafted free agent running back Damien Williams, impressed with their efforts during training camp. While Williams barely got the edge over Darkwa in the long run, there is no denying the potential Darkwa has to be a really good running back if a team were to really invest in him. He has some speed, having run a 4.46 forty-yard dash time during his pro-day, and showed ability during preseason as both a rushing and a receiving threat.
Recently Darkwa got passed over by the Dolphins to be called up to the 53-man roster in favor of former San Francisco 49ers second-round draft pick LaMichael James. Only time will tell whether the Dolphins made the right choice picking James over Darkwa.