Orleans Darkwa is used to being patient.
The Giants running back didn't get a carry until Week 7 last season. Darkwa made the most of that opportunity, rushing for 48 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in a 27-20 win over the Cowboys.
Darkwa is hoping to again seize his opportunity in the Giants' third preseason game against the Jets on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., CBS).
"Patience has been my life story," Darkwa said. "You're always going to be frustrated at times, but at the same time, it might be a blessing in disguise. You never know."
Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen are locked into their roles as the lead back and the third-down back, respectively. Fifth-round pick Paul Perkins is all but guaranteed a roster spot. That leaves Darkwa and fellow third-year veteran Andre Williams in a battle for what will likely be the final running back spot, the story said. Williams has got more of a look to this point so this is a Darkwa's big chance. Williams has had 15 carries for 56 yards on 35 snaps.