Webster taming top wideouts
October, 20, 2011
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
To Fewell, it's an indication that Webster's been doing his job, and doing it well.
Through the season's first six weeks, Webster has two picks and is tied for fourth in the league with six passes defensed.
"Corey’s been doing exceptionally well," Fewell said.
Webster made two clutch picks in the Giants' win over Buffalo last Sunday, the second leading to the Giants' game-winning field goal. He limited Bills wideout Steve Johnson to five catches for 39 yards (one TD).
Seven days earlier, Webster held Seattle's Sidney Rice to four catches for 38 yards. Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 102 yards against Webster and others in Week 4, but he was kept out of the end zone in the Giants' comeback win.
"He's answered the challenge," Fewell said of Webster.
Webster's been answering the challenge since Week 15 against Philadelphia last season. That day, the Giants staff felt it was time Webster shouldered more responsibility, so they lined up against Philadelphia's Desean Jackson.
"We just thought, ‘Hey let’s challenge Corey a little bit. Let’s give him some confidence and let’s let him see that we have confidence that he can go out there and do this for us and we’ll play around him,'" Fewell said.
Webster held Jackson to just three catches for 52 yards that day (too bad he wasn't on punt coverage). He's matched up against the opponent's top wideout each Sunday (and Monday) since and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
"We definitely believe he’s up to the challenge," Fewell said.