Cornerback Trumaine McBride has been with the Giants since January, having signed a reserves/futures contract. McBride, who began his career in Chicago as a seventh round draft pick in 2007, actually stepped into a starting role after cornerback Nathan Vasher suffered a groin injury that kept him sidelined for most of the 2007 season.
Ultimately, though, McBride’s career with the Bears would be short-lived thanks to a knee sprain he suffered in the 2009 season opener. From there, McBride’s NFL journey took him to the Cardinals in 2010, the Saints and the Jaguars in 2011 and then to the Giants in 2013.
The former Ole Miss standout has 68 tackles and one career interception thus far as he looks to rejuvenate his NFL career with the New York Giants. So far, McBride is off to a promising start in a battle for a roster spot, in that he’s shown a consistency in getting around the ball and has done a good job in covering receivers down the field.
While it’s still early, McBride looks like a promising prospect to make the final 53-man roster. Of course he’ll have the rest of camp and the preseason games to make his camp, but he’s certainly off to a promising start, which he recently spoke about.
Q: For those who aren’t familiar with your complete NFL body of work thus far, what’s the scouting report say on Trumaine McBride?
A: It would probably say he’s an undersized corner with great toughness . He has great quickness and is a good physical corner.
Q: In looking back over your history, it looks like you were enjoying a bit of career stability until you hurt your knee.
A: Yeah, I got injured, and you know, this game is about being healthy. If you’re not healthy, you probably won’t be on the team very long. And that happened to me with the Bears. I got hurt, and that’s when I started bouncing around after my injury.
Q: It’s probably frustrating to move around from team to team. How did you stay patient and positive and not give into any urges to just give up?
A: Personally, I know how the business goes. I know what I can do. I know my skill set. I didn’t like being cut, but at the same time, I knew what kind of player I was. So I never really questioned me as a player. I knew it was just one of those business moves that I knew the Bears had to make and that one day I’d find a place where I could contribute.
Q: You’ve obviously landed here with the Giants and have looked good so far. How have you assessed your body of work with this team to date?
A: I think as far as that goes, I had a good offseason. It’s very early now so I like what I’ve done up to this point, but I have the rest of camp, we have the preseason games for me to really see where I’m at.
Q: One of the knocks on you has been your height – you’re listed as 5-9, which isn’t very big for a cornerback. Do you think that’s also hurt your ability to stick with teams?
A: Maybe; I don’t know. I do know that me being short, I have to put myself in the best position to be in. With me, it’s always about technique, always about being in the best position I can be in. I have to play bigger than I really am.
Q: So what is it about this scheme with the Giants that makes it such a good fit for your skill set?
A: I like it here because Coach Perry (Fewell) and Coach (Peter) Giunta let us play to our strengths. So if you’re a good press corner, he lets you get up and press it. If you’re good at off, he lets you play off. Obviously on down and distance will dictate if you’re on off., but I just like the scheme because this mixture of other defenses I’ve been in.
Q: Which type of corner are you, press or off?
A: I’m both. I like playing off and pressing. I believe I’m good at both of them.
Q: You’re also a big special teams guy as well, right?
A: Oh yes, I’ve been on all the teams since I’ve been in the league. I’ve been on punt return and kick return, and I feel like that’s really where I’ve made my mark in this league, as a special teams guy. I was a starter early with the Bears, after Nathan Vasher got healthy, they put me back special teams duty and that’s where I feel like I really made my mark.
Q: So with all this said, what does Trumaine McBride think he needs to do to make this roster?
A: He needs to be consistent. That’s the key, being consistent every practice, every day, every game.