Orleans Darkwa certainly made the most of his opportunity, the New York Giants running back stepping up to have the biggest day of his career in Sunday’s 29-27 home loss to the Washington Redskins.
With Rashad Jennings out with an injury, Shane Vereen and Darkwa stepped up their production to help key the offense. Darkwa had a second quarter touchdown to put the Giants up 21-6, part of a day where he had 10 carries for 53 yards and also had a reception for nine yards. It was a significant step up in involvement for the third-year running back as Darkwa came into the game with just a single carry for -1 yards.
While he is pleased with his own performance he noted that the team was still on the wrong end of the score.
“The line did a tremendous job of opening up holes but at the end of the day it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t win,” Darkwa told Metro after the game.
“We just need to take a look as a team and see where we can improve, what we can do.”
His production on the day was impressive as he set career marks in carries and rushing yards.
“Whatever they ask of me I do. I just want to win, I don’t care what it takes. Whatever it is, I want to do it,” Darkwa said.
“I’ve never won a championship in my life, that’s what I look forward to.”
The Giants certainly didn’t look like the team that would bring him to that championship, running out to a big first half lead then seeing penalties and turnovers drop them to 2-1 on the season. Darkwa, however, emerged as a bright spot in the game.
While the Giants lack a superstar in their running back depth chart, they do boast balance and depth at the position. Vereen led the Giants with 63 rushing yards on 11 carries as well as a touchdown in the first quarter.
Darkwa said that the competition among the running backs helps to keep him sharp for a moment such as this.
“That’s the motto, I’m a professional. I’m going to do my job, one day they call me up I’m ready. That’s one thing I pride myself in is that when I’m called upon, I’m ready,” Darkwa said.
“We’ve got every back in that room is capable of starting and producing. We push each other, every week is a battle amongst each other, amongst the team. We have a great group of backs; we just need to continue to produce and find ways to improve.”