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New York Giants’ Aaron Ross Says Corey Webster Will “Bounce Back” in 2013

April 28th, 2013 at 12:30 PM
By Paul Tierney

New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross may have taken a "paid vacation" to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2012 season, but that doesn't mean Ross stopped paying attention to how his former teammates in New York were performing.

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Last offseason, Ross left the Giants to sign a three-year, $9.75 million contract with the Jaguars. However, after starting just nine games, Jaguars general manager David Caldwell sent Ross packing at the start of free-agency. Just four days later, Ross was re-signed by the Giants, the organization he affectionately refers to as his "home."

Ross says that after winning a Super Bowl in 2011, it was extremely difficult for him to not make the playoffs with the Jaguars last season. However, after getting back into the Giants locker room for voluntary offseason workouts, he believes that each player on the roster is hungry to make another playoff run in 2013.In particular, Ross said that teammate Corey Webster, who played the majority of 2012 with a broken hand and a fairly serious hamstring injury, will improve significantly upon his performance this season.

"[Corey Webster] will bounce back this year," Ross said. "He's been getting a lot of bad criticism, but I didn't really see him have a horrible year. He'll be alright."

In 2012, Webster allowed quarterbacks to gain 988 yards on passes thrown his way, which was the third-highest total of any starting cornerback in the NFL. Due to his performance, the Giants forced Webster to cut his 2013 salary from $7 million to $4 million, a deal that the team felt better represented his market value. By bringing back Ross and re-signing Terrell Thomas, the Giants now have five cornerbacks on the roster with starting experience.

Ross, who was a starter on the Giants' 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl championship teams, says regardless of who starts this season, the team is going to benefit from its newfound experience at the cornerback position.

"The league is changing and you need four or five good DB's on the field at one time," Ross said. "I'm sure all of us are going to get our playing time. It's just something that we're gonna have to live with. If you start, go out there and do your job. If you're not, come in and be the best role player you can be."

Although the Giants had the opportunity to select a cornerback in the early rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft, the team instead elected to strengthen itself along the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football. By selecting offensive tackle Justin Pugh and defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins with the the team's first two picks of the draft, the Giants have virtually assured themselves that there will be no significant relief coming to assist the league's 28th ranked passing defense from a year ago.

Regardless, Ross says that it's going to be up to the players currently on the roster to step-up and improve as a team in 2013.

"I think we need to be more consistent," Ross said. "There were games I was watching last year where guys had great games, and there were games sometimes where it just looked like it broke down. So I just think that if we be a little more consistent this year, we'll be alright."

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Tags: Aaron Ross, Corey Webster, David Caldwell, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Super Bowl, Terrell Thomas

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8 Responses to “New York Giants’ Aaron Ross Says Corey Webster Will “Bounce Back” in 2013”

  1.  giantsou812 says:

    Nice statement from a foo thats been cut twice.

    •  rlhjr says:

      For real. Does anyone know if Aaron Ross will too have a bounce back season?

      Of course to qualify for that you would have to have one good season in front of the bad one.

  2.  norm says:

    Webster can’t get any worse. He’s got no place to go but up.

    •  Krow says:

      Beat me to that one. The ‘bounce back’ bar is very low after last year. Ribs at a BBQ were roasted less than C-web in 2012.

    •  Chad Eldred says:

      Great. Now we are guaranteed to see just what “worse” looks like.

  3.  KingAndrewXXIII says:

    Agreed. Webster CAN’T play any worse than he did last year.

    After a couple of days, I have really warmed up to the draft that we had. I really think Pugh will be a solid addition and could be someone that winds up starting by week 1. I also think that while much has been said of him playing RT (which I do expect them to give him a shot there this year because even if it’s not where he stays, I think that he’s better than what we’ve currently got) I still believe that he could be a potential successor at G/C. Since selecting him, they have made mention of it several times that he is very intelligent and went out of the way to mention he plays C. Either way – RT, C, G…he will be solid for us.

    Hankins was great value where he was selected, as he was viewed by many as a 1st rounder, and is a HUGE body that will help clog up the holes up front and should help our LB’s out immensely. I really think that with the addition of him, Patterson and Jenkins that DT has went from an area of weakness to a real strength on this team. I also wonder if they plan to utilize Jenkins in the DE rotation at all?

    Moore is probably my favorite pick. Kid is a stud and is very much a Von Miller type. Was projected as a top 10 pick going into this past season…but being a knucklehead knocked him down a peg. Loved this pick. Think this kid will ball.

    Nassib is very solid and is finally a QB prospect who I think we can successfully groom behind Eli. If it’s for the long term…cool. If it’s as trade bait later…that’s cool too. But as many mentioned, getting Carr’s 1M salary off the books will allow us to make a few more moves as well. Kid was mocked as high as 8 and the lowest in the 2nd round; the value was too good to pass up. I would’ve liked to grab Barrett Jones or Khaseeme Greene with this pick, but I am not mad about it.

    Cooper Taylor REALLY intrigues me. The kid reminds me a LOT of Kam Chancellor. Very fast and BIG. Could be a solid contributor this year and moving forward with the potential departure of Brown/Rolle after this season.

    •  Nosh.0 says:

      It’s not just Carrs salary, it’s also the fact he stinks. He’s not very accurate, and he still has the happy feet dating back to his days in Houston. Dude can’t stay in the pocket and deliver the order while getting hit. Which to me means he can’t play in the NFL. See Kevin Kolb for recent example of this.

      Ken Whisenhunt says:
      This^

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    Webster was bad last year but lets not forget he was playing against #1 WRs. And for all the fun made of him he was gettin burned by big time WRs. If Prince is made the #1 CB that alone will make Webster much better.

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