New York Giants cornerback Trumaine McBride may still be recovering from a hip injury that plagued him during the 2013 season and surgery to repair a torn labrum this past January, but he hasn't allowed either to slow him down in practice. Rather, McBride has been a shining star for the Giants in training camp, even recently drawing praise from head coach Tom Coughlin.
"He intercepts a ball and runs 80 yards every day and they tell me he can’t play. I’m looking at [team doctors] like, ‘Who has the two heads right here?’ Every day he takes one and goes 80. He looks pretty good to me," Coughlin said.
Despite McBride's strong practice performances, he's still a little ways away from being medically cleared. He's already been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the hope is he can return the following week against the Indianapolis Colts.
"Right now they’re saying that he’s got one more to go," Coughlin added.
In the mean time, McBride is just focused on opening eyes in practice. With the new additions of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond III, Zack Bowman and Bennett Jackson, he realizes competition is stiff. So whether he gets first-team reps, second-team reps or otherwise, McBride simply wants to make one big play per practice to ensure everyone remembers he's still there and still a quality player.
"That's the goal for me every practice, whether I'm first on the depth chart or second or third is to just make a play every day" McBride told Newsday. "Right now I'm just following the doctors' plan. I wouldn't say I feel 100 percent, but I feel good. … "I wasn't [100 percent] last year and I showed I can play hurt."
So far, so good. But the real test will come a little more than a week from now when he returns to the field against former teammate Hakeem Nicks and the Indianapolis Colts.
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