Orleans Darkwa is in Cleveland for a workout with the #Browns, per source. He missed last year with an Achilles injury but is back at full strength. Averaged an impressive 4.4 yards per carry in 2017 with Giants.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) July 22, 2019
Darkwa has not played in an NFL game since 2017. He missed all of the 2018 season due to an Achilles injury.
Darkwa began his career with the Miami Dolphins in 2014. He appeared in four games with the Dolphins before joining the Giants. Darkwa appeared in 48 game with the Giants. he lead the Giants in rushing in 2017 with 751 yards and five touchdowns.
Darkwa became expendable when the Giants took Saquon Barkley with the number two overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Orleans suffered his Achilles injury in a workout last October with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
So why are the Browns looking at the former Dolphins and Giants ball carrier? Is it for extra depth? The Browns will be without Kareem Hunt for the team’s first eight games this season. It could also be an indication that a trade involving Duke Johnson could be in the works.
Johnson has asked to be a traded following the signing of Hunt. Johnson changed agents to help speed up the process.
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Nick Chubb is the starting running to begin the season. With Hunt out until the week ten game against the Buffalo Bills, Johnson and Dontrell Hilliard are Chubb’s backups. Adding an extra running back with some previous success in the NFL could go a long way toward the Browns goal in 2018.
Veterans and rookies report to the team’s headquarters in Berea on Wednesday. The first practice of training game is Thursday morning at 10 a.m.