Notebook: Reese talks Honey Badger

April, 19, 2013
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Tyrann MathieuStacy Revere/Getty ImagesCould Tyrann Mathieu be the next LSU star to wear a Giants uniform?
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –- The Giants have drafted two LSU players in their last three drafts.

Cornerback Corey Webster, a LSU product himself, wouldn’t mind seeing the Giants add another Tiger defensive back –- Tyrann Mathieu.

Webster has served as a mentor to Mathieu, the talented but troubled defensive back who was dismissed from LSU last August after failing multiple drug tests. The prospect once known as the “Honey Badger” was a Heisman candidate in 2011 as a defensive back and explosive returner –- two areas the Giants can use help in the upcoming draft.

“On the field he is a good player,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “Obviously, he has got some off-the-field issues that have been well documented. So we’ll put all the pros and cons together and see if he fits anywhere for us.”

If the Giants deemed that Mathieu was worth the risk of a mid-round pick, they would have a support system in place with Webster. Webster seems more than willing to take Mathieu under his wing.

“I think he understands that he has a couple of opportunities and a couple of chances,” Webster said. “He knows that it is not going to continue to be that way. The last time I spoke to him was at the [LSU] pro day, and I feel like he has made a change, a sincere change and has corrected those mistakes that he has made in life and is ready to move forward.”

The Giants drafted wide receiver Rueben Randle from LSU last year in the second round. And in 2010, the Giants took LSU safety Chad Jones in the third round. Webster was drafted in the second round in 2005.

More Baas surgery: Center David Baas recently had bone spurs removed from his elbow, a source confirmed. The surgery was first reported by the New York Daily News.

Earlier this offseason, Baas underwent surgery to repair multiple areas on his body according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Baas battled through hip, shoulder and neck injuries this past season.

Webster pay cut: Webster spoke for the first time since agreeing to take a pay cut to remain with the Giants.

He had his original base salary of $7 million reduced to a total of $4 million for 2013.

“Not at all,” Webster said when asked if it was tough to take a pay cut. “I am very blessed and didn’t even think about it.”

Giants visit Newtown: About 20-to-25 Giants players traveled to Newtown, Conn., on Thursday.

The group of players went to visit with children in the town, where the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting took place, to conduct two football clinics.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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