While Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has stated that Paul Perkins has a chance to grab hold of starter's spot, Orleans Darkwa is looking to push for his own starting reps at running back.
"I think any running back, if you don't have the mentality that you want to be the guy, then what are you doing?" Darkwa said. "Obviously, he said [Perkins] is the starter, but I try to go in with the mentality that I want to be the starter and take his job. I think that pushes everybody."
The Giants rushed for only 73 yards on 23 carries during Friday's preseason opener against the Steelers. Perkins particularly struggled, rushing for three yards on five carries. Darkwa led the team with 18 yards on three carries.
"We've definitely been a more physical offensive line, but at the end of the day, we can and will do better," guard John Jerry said. "Sustaining blocks, finishing plays, we have to get better at giving the quarterback more time, sacks. All of those things we have to get better at."
The Giants were 29th in the league with 1,412 rushing yards last season, as Perkins tallied 456 yards in his rookie season. McAdoo thinks the second-year back could take the reins as the starter before training camp is over.
"At the running-back position, Paul Perkins has an opportunity to go out and establish himself," McAdoo said. "I look forward to seeing him getting more carries as we go through the preseason and into the regular season."