Yesterday, Mike Reiss and others reported that the New England Patriots re-signed cornerback Marquice Cole, who did a nice job as a depth corner last season. Cole, 29, also showed some great versatility by being a force on special teams, and I’ve heard that he is also a really good locker room guy.
Cole was one of the Patriots less-heralded impending free agents this offseason, and he was expected to re-sign with the Patriots. Cole never reportedly received interest from any others teams, and that comes as no surprise. It will be interesting to see if he makes the 53-man roster again after just getting on last year, and Cole showed us more than we thought he was capable of.
I thought he was a special-teams only player and would get burned repeatedly when thrust into starting duties due to injuries. However, he proved the cynic in us wrong with a solid start due to injuries. Cole had a nice season overall and looked like a quality dime back, and he came away with 17 tackles and an interception in 2012. He also held his own in coverage, and that surpassed our expectations.
I am glad to see Cole back, because he is a valuable contributor on special teams who brings good depth and good character to this squad. With a strong camp, Cole will be back on the Patriots 53-man roster again.
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