Giants RB Orleans Darkwa is hoping for more of a workload against the Lions on Monday night.
Darkwa was limited to only three carries last Sunday against the Cowboys even though he broke out a 12-yard run on his first touch. However, he doesn't mind who gets more touches in the backfield as long as positive yards are gained.
"Yeah, I hope so," Darkwa said on if he hopes to get more carries Monday. "Running backs want to be able to get carries, but we have a lot of talented backs in the room and I think everybody deserves carries and opportunities. So, when we get those opportunities, we've just got to make the most of them."
The Giants couldn't get anything going on the ground as the collective unit totaled 35 yards on 17 attempts against Dallas in their opener.
As for why the Giants run game faltered in their opener, Darkwa doesn't point any fingers. In fact, he knows the offense as a whole underperformed.
"There's no blame. I think as an offense, we didn't play well," he said. "That's just what it is and we've got to get better as a group. We're not singling out anybody. We've got to run better. All we can worry about is what we control and as the running backs, we've got to run better, that's what it is."
The Giants will have another tough task this week with Detroit. They stifled the Cardinals' run game, allowing only 45 yards on 18 attempts.
"I think that when you have a lot of different looks, you've got to make sure you're getting in the film room," Darkwa said on the Lions defense. "We've got a lot of smart guys. Offensive line, they've been doing their due dilligence and making sure they're ready for anything that they throw at us. We had a good day of practice today, we've just got to continue with it and have like two-three more days and try to make sure we're 100 percent prepared for them."
Darkwa's touches will be limited this season with backs Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen ahead of him on the depth chart. But, when in the game, his mindset is to always make the best of each opportunity the ball is in his hands.
"At the position I'm in, every time I get that ball in my hands, I want to do something with it" he said. "Every time I'm out there on the field, I want to make sure I can protect Eli, I can catch the ball. Whatever needs to be done, I've just got to get it done."