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Trumaine McBride looking to start where he finished

Giants defensive back Trumaine McBride (38) intercepts a

Giants defensive back Trumaine McBride (38) intercepts a pass by New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow intended for Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) during the fourth quarter of a preseason game. (Aug. 29, 2013) Credit: AP

Trumaine McBride was one of the few Giants players who made personal gains in 2013. He went from a special-teamer at the bottom of the roster to a starting cornerback, and in the regular-season finale he intercepted two passes against the Redskins.

McBride's offseason set him back a bit. Hip surgery and the influx of high-priced talent at cornerback has made him a bit of a forgotten player, even though he is a returning starter. After flashing in training camp with three interceptions in team drills, McBride is going to see his first game action on Saturday against the Colts. He had been held out of the first two preseason games per his rehabilitation schedule coming off the surgery.

"For me, it's pretty much picking up where I left off last season," McBride said. "My mind frame was to get my hands on more interceptions and just build off what I did last year. Any time I go out there I'm looking forward to getting better and looking forward to actually playing in the game. Just practicing and not being able to play in a game gets a bit repetitive. I totally understand what the medical staff wants out of me, they want me to get healthy and just have no major setbacks."

It will be hard for McBride to crack the starting lineup this season with the additions of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond III, but he knows that after last year, other players' injuries can lead to opportunity.

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