Even after re-signing the former Nebraska star Rex Burkhead and landing Jeremy Hill, the New England Patriots still are looking in the free agency to boost its running back depth.
Free agent running back Orleans Darkwa will be visiting the New England Patriots on Monday, April 9, a league source told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
Darkwa has spent the last three-and-a-half seasons in the National Football League with the New York Giants after starting his professional American football career with the Miami Dolphins. The 2017 NFL season campaign easily was Darkwa’s best so far, as he carried the ball 171 times for 751 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games for the New York with 11 starts.
Darkwa also caught 19 passes for 116 yards, and his 4.4 yards per carry was tied for 10th in the league history. The 26-year-old running back had been an afterthought in Giants’ offensive line, recording just 287 rushing yards over his first three NFL seasons.
The former Tulane superstar has mainly played in the kicking game during that span, ranking third on the New York’s in special teams snaps back in 2015. The 6-foot, 219 pounds Darkwa entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Tulane dating back in 2014.
Darkwa has without a doubt earned the praise, and the consideration for a much larger role, with his hardwork during the training camp.
The New England Patriots — who lost star rusher Dion Lewis to the Tennessee Titans in free agency period last month — currently have five running backs under contract — Burkhead, Hill, James White, Mike Gillislee and Brandon Bolden. The Patriots could acquire yet another in the 2018 NFL Draft.