In his eight-year career with the New York Giants, 2012 may have been one of the worst for veteran cornerback Corey Webster. The 31-year-old looked awful on the field at times and was getting beaten by some of the opposing team's best receivers.
What a lot of us didn't know until further down the road was that Webster was playing during the season with a broken hand, which Giants defensive backs coach Peter Guinta told Jane McManus of ESPN New York that it affected his play greatly, which lead to his struggles.
"In his defense, he breaks his hand, and it set him back a little bit not being able to use his hands up in press coverage," Giunta said. "He struggled in the end when we didn’t have a lot of continuity back there. He did have a tough year for himself."
Webster was coming up on the final year of the five-year, $43 million extension he signed back in December of 2008 and was set to make $7 million in 2013, which is why his name came up a lot as a potential salary-cap casualty. Instead of being cut by the Giants, Webster agreed to a salary cut back on March 7 that dropped his base salary from $7 million down to $4 million, which ended up helping the Giants save cap space to sign free agents. It also showed that Webster was committed to the Giants and wanted to prove that 2012 was nothing more than a fluke.
When Giunta was asked if he felt Webster would bounce back in 2013 and redeem himself, the defensive backs coach was very confident in the most veteran member of the Giants secondary and what he could do this season.
"Definitely," Giunta said. "Finishing the way we did, everybody has a real sense of urgency this year to get back to playing the kind of football we did at the end of the 2011 season in that six-game stretch and playing that kind of defense."
Webster should get some help this season with the return of Aaron Ross from the Jacksonville Jaguars, as well as Terrell Thomas from two consecutive ACL injuries. Prince Amukamara has emerged as the team's leading cornerback, something Webster had been on the team for quite a while.
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