FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots cornerback Marquice Cole understands the hardship of being released at the conclusion of training camp. In 2007, the Raiders let him go after signing him as an undrafted free agent. A year later, the Titans did the same to Cole.
On Monday, the Patriots have to part ways with a number of players in accordance with the NFL's 75-man roster limit, and will do so again on Friday when 53-man rosters are finalized.
Cole describes cut down days as tough.
"It's definitely a really tough day," he said. "Being on different teams and everything like that, I've been through the process of being here for training camp and getting released. Some guys, you become friends with them, and the reality of it is you may never see them again in your life. So it's definitely a tough day."
Cole's advice for those players who will be cut is simple.
"Never give up, keep grinding," he told reporters on Monday afternoon. "I've been through it a couple times, different times. It's the hardest part, but you've got to take the good with the bad. It might happen to some guys, and then you got to fight through it if this is what you really want to do. Go home, work hard, and wait for your next opportunity."
He also stressed that players must remain focused on their job on the field during the tenuous times.
"You've got to just focus in and whenever your name is called, go out there and make the most of your opportunity at that time," Cole said. "I believe you just got to stay focused on your job, and know what your job is and whenever you're called to do your job, you've got to be able to do it."
He added that rather than focusing on the number of reps he receives during preseason games, it's more important to make the most of whatever opportunities he has on the field.
"I believe the easiest part is to just go out and do your best, because those are decisions you have no input on them anyways, so there's nothing you can control," Cole continued. "All you can do is what you can do, which is go out there and control how you play on that field."