Corey Webster has been a favorite whipping boy for New York Giants' fans upset -- with good reason -- by the way the team's defense played in 2012. That is, not defending much of anything at all and finishing 31st in the league. Webster is up next as we continue our player-by-player breakdown of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.
2012 Season In Review
Webster had a horrible season, his worst since a frigid January night when he forever became a Giants hero with a game-changing overtime interception of Brett Favre in the Conference Championship Game. Webster was at the mercy of opposing offenses much of the season, and only two corners in the league who played at least 75 percent of their team's snaps had a passer rating against worse than Webster's 106.6. Webster surrendered 330 yards after the catch, fifth-worst in the league.
Webster took a huge pay cut to stay with the Giants, who would have been justified in simply cutting the eight-year veteran. Can Webster, 31, bounce back enough to justify the Giants' faith in him? Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said during mini-camp that Webster is "coming back with a purpose."
His purpose needs to be to play at least representative, adequate NFL football -- which he did not do in 2012. The Giants did not draft another corner, bringing in veterans Aaron Ross and Trumaine McBride, and choosing to see if Terrell Thomas can actually come back this time around. Thus, some improvement from Webster is a must.