Free-agent running back Orleans Darkwa is visiting the New England Patriots on Monday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
Darkwa enjoyed a career season with the New York Giants in 2017, posting personal bests in carries (171), rushing yards (751) and touchdowns (five). He highlighted the campaign with a strong finale in which he rushed 20 times for 154 yards and a score in the Giants' 18-10 win over the Washington Redskins.
The 26-year-old has rushed for 1,038 yards with nine touchdowns in 52 career games with the Giants and Miami Dolphins.
Darkwa could provide depth to a Patriots' backfield that lost versatile Dion Lewis in free agency to the Tennessee Titans. The 5-foot-8, 195-pound Lewis rushed 180 times for a team-leading 896 yards and six touchdowns last season with the Patriots while also catching 32 passes for 214 yards.