As the elder statesman of the cornerback group, Terrence McGee knows the younger corners will be asking him questions from time to time seeking knowledge about the game. McGee never did that himself as a rookie back in 2003. He just watched the veterans practice and play, and the one he watched most was Antoine Winfield.
“He’s one of the best cornerbacks I’ve ever seen so I would watch him and wanted to be like him,” said McGee, who was a rookie during Winfield’s last season in Buffalo. “If you watched him the way he tackled, even the way he did drills. He would do the drills perfect and it would make you sick because you would have to follow him in front of the coach. The way he broke on the ball, he just did everything you would want a corner to do. He was cat quick and just a real good corner.”
Nate Clements was also on the roster at the time and was a bigger playmaker than Winfield in terms of interceptions, but Winfield was rarely beaten for big plays, while Clements was more of a risk taker and would get beat deep from time to time. McGee knew who was better to pattern his game after, even though initially he was a bit conflicted.
“When I was here you would see Nate make all the plays and interceptions, but watching Antoine that was the guy you wanted to be like,” McGee said. “Of course you also wanted to make the type of plays that Nate made.”
A couple of years later Troy Vincent was on the roster and he was quick to mentor young players like McGee.
“A person who was really vocal and would tell you things on his own was Troy Vincent,” said McGee. “He’d give me advice. You’re going to listen to Troy. He was a great corner and a veteran guy. You’re going to listen to whatever he says. He could’ve told me to eat at McDonald’s every day and I probably would’ve done it. You definitely listen to a guy like that.”
McGee doesn’t feel like things are different now that he’s one of those vets, but he’s willing to provide answers to the younger corners that are looking for them.
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