EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Trumaine McBride couldn't bear to watch football on Sundays last season.
The free-agent cornerback was working out in Chicago and desperately wanted to get back into the NFL, but the phone call he was hoping for never came.
"I would watch the first week or two, but after that it was like, 'Man I can't watch because I feel like I'm supposed to be out there,'" McBride said Saturday. "So I'd do other things on Sundays."
McBride, 27, who is hoping to make the New York Giants' 53-man roster out of training camp, hasn't appeared in an NFL regular-season game since Jan. 1, 2012, for Jacksonville. He is currently getting regular snaps with the Giants' second team at corner and is ahead of 2012 third-round pick Jayron Hosley on the depth chart.
It's still early in training camp, but McBride is off to a fine start.
"Honestly, I don't look at it," McBride replied when asked what he thinks his chances are of making the team. "I just come in every day and do my job and hope that everything works out in the end."
In 2007, after being selected by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round out of Mississippi, McBride got an opportunity to start because of an injury to Nathan Vasher. When Vasher returned, McBride became a reserve again, playing mostly on special teams.
Two years later, McBride suffered a knee strain in the Bears' season opener. His season was over.
"And that's when everything kinda went the other direction," McBride said.
McBride played sparingly in 14 games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2010. He has played in one game since, spending time with the New Orleans Saints (practice squad) and the Jaguars, who released him twice.
McBride said his agent came to him about the opportunity to sign with the Giants.
"I actually worked out for the Giants during last season," McBride said. "And he just came to me and felt like it was a good situation for me and I felt the same way, so I'm here now."
McBride described the mind-set he needed to persevere.
"I have to have confidence in what I can do, and I know I can play, and I know what I can do," McBride said. "You have guys who bounce around at times, and it doesn't really hurt me ... because I know I can play ball, so you have to take the good with the bad."
So what would it mean for him to make the team?
"It would mean everything, given the fact that I was out of the league. I came in here at the very bottom of the depth chart and now I'm working my way up, so it would mean everything to me to know that my hard work has paid off," McBride said.