Ravens' aerial plan succeeded when targeting Corey Webster

The New York Giants’ secondary has been plagued by injuries that have sapped the unit of strong safety Kenny Phillips and cornerback Prince Amukamara for extended periods.

But the secondary has been anchored by cornerback Corey Webster (the team leader in pass breakups with nine) and strong safety Stevie Brown (the team leader in interceptions with seven).

However, the Ravens appeared to attack the Giants’ defensive backfield by exposing Webster on Sunday. When New York went into single coverage, quarterback Joe Flacco usually went after Webster, completing five passes for 88 yards and a 6-yard touchdown to Torrey Smith, two for 45 yards to Anquan Boldin, one for 36 yards to Dennis Pitta, and one for 7 yards to Jacoby Jones.

Webster didn’t say much about his display after the game, commenting to The Newark Star-Ledger: “It’s football. That’s what they call it. It’s football.”

Webster’s performance was noted by New York coach Tom Coughlin, who said: “He would probably be the first one to tell you that he wishes he was better.”

But Smith said after the game that the plan was not to intentionally target the eight-year veteran over rookie Jayron Hosley and Justin Tryon. (Amukamara played sparingly due to limitations caused by a hamstring injury.)

“He’s the experienced one,” Smith said of Webster. “It was mostly just matchups. [Flacco] just chose a side, the safety was in the middle. He could see the rotation and just chose a side and went with it.”

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