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Running back Orleans Darkwa remains a free agent after leading the Giants rushing last season and his attempt to find a job for the 2018 season could get a boost thanks to some positive medical news.
Darkwa had surgery in May to remove a plate in his leg and announced on Twitter that he has been medically cleared to resume football work. Darkwa had the plate inserted after fracturing his leg in 2016.
Darkwa ran 171 times for 751 yards and five touchdowns for the Giants last year Tyreek Hill Jersey , but a return to the team would seem to be out of the cards with Saquon Barkley and Jonathan Stewart joining the backfield this offseason.
Other than a visit with the Patriots early in free agency, the market was quiet for Darkwa before his operation. We’ll see if things heat up before training camp as a result of the news about his leg.
Jets rookie Nathan Shepherd took a long and winding road to the NFL. He grew up in Canada, played college football at Simon Fraser University, and had to quit school and do odd jobs when he couldn’t afford the tuition. Eventually he found his way to Fort Hays State in Kansas Chris Conley Jersey , where he played so well that he got an invitation to the Senior Bowl. He impressed scouts so much at the Senior Bowl that the Jets took him in the third round of the draft.
One NFL player helped Shepherd along the way: Nate Burleson, the former Vikings, Seahawks and Lions receiver who happened to meet Shepherd while Shepherd was working as a doorman at a club. Burleson now works at NFL Network, and the two met again on set Ryan Schraeder Jersey , where Shepherd thanked Burleson for his guidance.
“Nate, you were actually the first NFL player I ever met,” Shepherd said.
Burleson said he remembered meeting Shepherd, who approached him to ask for advice. Shepherd told Burleson that he wasn’t sure if he’d continue playing football D.J. Fluker Jersey , but Burleson said he could see Shepherd had a passion for the game and urged him not to give up. Burleson also gave Shepherd a big tip and told him a day would come when he was making big money playing football.
“Before the night was over you said I was gonna make it to the league. You gave me a $100 bill and said, ‘Here’s a little advance on your signing bonus.’ I’ve never forgotten that,” Shepherd told Burleson.
Shepherd then tried to give Burleson a $100 bill, but Burleson told him to keep it.