The Giants second-round pick left his Louisiana home at 3 a.m. to catch a flight to Washington, D.C. After a layover, he flew to Albany, where Webster, the Giants' top draft choice this year, signed his contract after missing the team's first five training camp practices. After attending meetings, Webster's first on-field work will be in Tuesday night's practice beginning at 6:10 p.m. – which happens to be the team's first workout in full pads.
The long and delayed journey to get here did nothing to diminish Webster's enthusiasm.
"(I'm) very happy," Webster said. "I've wanted to be here from the beginning. But we had things we had to figure out (contractually) before I could make it here. But I'm very happy to be here and get to work."
Webster can now begin to prove what the Giants have theorized since they selected him with the 43rd overall pick in this year's NFL Draft: they got a first round talent in the second round. The Giants did not have a first pick after sending it to San Diego last year in the trade to acquire Eli Manning. A cornerback from LSU, Webster is expected to contribute immediately.
"The coaches have the right to make the decisions at the end of the day," said Webster, who had 16 career interceptions at LSU. "I've just got to go out there and try to impress them, try to impress my teammates. Then I'll get my respect on the field."
Coach Tom Coughlin had wanted Webster to be in attendance when the players reported last Friday. But he's not going to punish the youngster for arriving late.
"I don't hold it against him - it's part of the business," Coughlin said. "I was disappointed that he wasn't here, but that's over. Hopefully he'll be in real good shape and he can pick up and go. Now if he's not in good shape, that's another issue."
Webster indicated that will not be a problem.
"I've been working out every day," Webster said. "It (the delay in coming to terms) is hard not to think about it, just being around the house with not really a whole lot to do. You know your team is out there practicing. So I was just working out, trying to stay in shape.
"I don't feel that much pressure. I just feel I have got to get out there and get familiar with the playbook again and just be out there with the guys. We support each other during everything. So I think everything is going to work out for the better."
Giants finally ink Webster
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