New York Giants: Peter Giunta

Coach talk: Giunta on Webster

July, 5, 2013
A.J. GreenAP Photo/Michael KeatingCorey Webster, who had a difficult season in 2012, has a lot of ground to make up this year.
With the Giants off until training camp, we're periodically taking a look at what the coaches are saying about how their positions looked this offseason in OTAs.

Today, we look at Peter Giunta's thoughts on Corey Webster.

Cornerback Corey Webster made news in March when he agreed to take a $3 million pay cut on his $7 million salary in order to remain a Giant going into the 2013 season. Secondary/cornerbacks coach Peter Giunta thinks Webster will be motivated to bounce back from a poor 2012.

"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."

The Giants finished 28th in total pass defense last season. Webster, taken in the second round of the 2005 draft, Prince Amukamara, Jayron Hosley and Aaron Ross should form the backbone of the cornerback corps this season. Terrell Thomas is rehabbing from his third ACL injury, a difficult situation from which to return to top competitive form.

Giunta also said Webster's broken hand, suffered early in the season, had an impact on his disappointing play later in the year.

"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."

The Giants need to get better production from their cornerbacks, but the team isn’t making a wholesale change in personnel. Now it’s up to Webster and his position-mates to ensure that that faith isn’t misplaced.

Prince ready for redemption vs. Dallas

December, 30, 2011
Memories of his first game against Dallas are fueling Prince Amukamara heading into Sunday's showdown for the NFC East title.

"I'm definitely licking my chops and I definitely want to redeem myself," the rookie said.

In the first meeting between the two teams on Dec. 11, Amukamara got burned for a 74-yard pass that led to a touchdown that put Dallas in front in the fourth quarter. The rookie also had a mistake on a coverage that led to a big gain and an eventual field goal for the Cowboys at the end of the first half. The Giants won the game, 37-34.

"I think every competitor has that fire in them to leave their best play on the field," Amukamara said about wanting to face Dallas again.

The Dallas game started what has been a rough stretch for the Giants' first-round pick. Following Dallas, he struggled against Redskins and was benched after allowing several completions, including a touchdown against him. Washington routinely threw at him in the first half of that game.

Against the Jets last Saturday, he believes that he only played six snaps. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said that the Giants chose to go more with their three-safety look against the Jets. He said that Amukamara has had a very good week of practice and may be used more in this game. The Cowboys personnel might dictate use of more corners in the game.

The rookie isn't approaching this game any differently despite not knowing how much he may or may not be involved in the defensive gameplan.

"I'm always going to be ready regardless, whether if Aaron (Ross) or Corey (Webster) gets tired for some reason and I have to go in, I'm always going to be ready," Amukamara said. "Coach (Peter) Giunta always tells me to prep like I'm going to be a starter because I'm only one play away so that's how I'm prepping."

As a rookie, Sunday night will mark the biggest game of Amukamara's career to date.

"This is huge," the cornerback said. "There's a lot on the line and (the Giants) haven't been to the playoffs in a couple of years so it would be good to go to the playoffs this year."