C-Web ready for starting stint

Corey Webster is ready for his big opportunity. The second-year man joins holdover safety Gibril Wilson and newcomers Sam Madison and Will Demps in a totally revamped secondary the Giants are counting on to produce big-time this season.

With the third-ranked offense in the league last year, a pair of Pro Bowl defensive ends and a solid linebacking unit, it's not difficult to figure out where Big Blue fell short in 2005.

According to Webster, who posted 37 tackles and broke up five passes last season, that's a concern of the past.

"Everyone's going to see a more confident, comfortable player out there," Webster said. "Everybody together is getting better."

New York's top pick last season (second round), Webster saw his playing time increase as last season unfolded. But with the departure of both of last year's opening day starting corners – Will Allen and Will Peterson – the door is wide open for the LSU product. "I thought I did fairly well last year," Webster said. "I'm happy I got the experience and just happy I got the year under my belt. I have a great opportunity out there."

While the coaches have stopped short of handing Webster the starting job, it's obvious that it's his post to lose.

‘I always practiced like a first-teamer," he said. "I guess I won't know for sure till opening day who the starter is. But by being more familiar with the defense, I can play much more aggressively."

According to head coach Tom Coughlin, Webster has improved by leaps and bounds from year one to year two.

"To me he was a rookie; he was up and down," Coughlin said. "He had some good, outstanding performances and some that weren't so. He had a little injury and then when he came out of that he didn't seem to be playing as well and then he got a little bit better. So, I think probably the best thing to say was that the talent was there. I think the extent of the season and the injury caused some ups and downs, some inconsistency in his performance. Hopefully that will be behind him."

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