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Eli Apple being given clean slate with Giants in 2018

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It was not all that long ago that Eli Apple seemed destined to be traded or released by the New York Giants, but the team’s new coaching staff is willing to give the young cornerback another chance.

Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher spoke about Apple with reporters on Wednesday, and he said anything that has happened in the past is not his concern and that he is excited to work with Apple.

The Giants drafted Apple 10th overall just two years ago. The former Ohio State star grew increasingly unhappy with the team last season, and he was suspended for the final game of the year for violating team rules. It seemed obvious that some of his teammates grew tired of his antics, and one even referred to Apple as the worst teammate he has ever had.

Apparently Apple has managed to make amends with those he has wronged, otherwise the Giants probably would have traded him. If he can keep his head on straight, he should be a big contributor in New York’s secondary. But if he messes up again, Apple probably won’t get another chance.

Giants GM Dave Gettleman to meet with Eli Apple: ‘Culture is critical’

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Dave Gettleman has plenty of issues to address in his first offseason as the new general manager of the New York Giants, and Eli Apple’s situation could be among the most pressing.

In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday, Gettleman said he is planning to meet with Apple. He indicated that the Giants could move on from the former first-round pick if he isn’t willing to buy into the team’s “culture.”

Even if Apple decides he wants to remain in New York and says all the right things in his meeting with Gettleman, it’s hard to imagine him being able to repair his relationship with all of his teammates. The former Ohio State star ended the 2017 season by being suspended for getting into it with his coaches. While there’s no questioning Apple’s talent, he was reportedly called “the worst teammate I ever had” by one Giants player and has allowed his family drama to affect his work life. A divorce still seems like the most reasonable outcome.

Giants player calls Eli Apple the ‘worst teammate I ever had’

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Eli Apple is in just his second season with the New York Giants, but it seems like the former first-round pick has already made a lasting impression among his teammates.

Apple, who has been suspended for the final game of the regular season for violating team rules, has reportedly been a headache in the locker room this season. When you hear what one Giants player said about Apple in a text message to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, it’s impossible to imagine the cornerback still being with the team in 2018.

“He’s the worst teammate I ever had,” the player wrote.

Freeman spoke with other people around the NFL about the situation in New York, and the common belief is that the Giants lack any real locker room leaders. Eli Manning has never been known for being a particularly passionate and outspoken guy, and the team is clearly missing players like Michael Strahan both on and off the field.

“You’re seeing with the Giants how one or two guys can poison an entire locker room,” one NFL executive told Freeman.

While Apple has gotten most of the negative attention from the media and deservedly so, he is one of three Giants defensive backs who were suspended this season for violating team rules. That’s almost unheard of.

It will be interesting to see how many teams show interest in Apple this offseason if the Giants decide to part ways with him. There’s no questioning the former Ohio State star’s talent level, but you have to put up with a lot of family drama if you sign him. Several players in New York’s locker room are already sick of it.

Eli Apple’s brother says mother Annie is the real ‘cancer’

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Eli Apple’s mother Annie endeared herself to fans with her outspoken personality and sense of humor during the NFL Draft two years ago, and she has been a very important figure in the cornerback’s life. According to Apple’s brother, Dane Blackson, that is why Eli is having so many issues with the New York Giants.

In an interview with TMZ this week, Blackson — who is Apple’s half-brother and shares the same mother — said Annie has created a ton of problems for Apple and is disliked by everyone in the former Ohio State star’s inner circle.

“Everybody’s saying he has family issues or there’s family members that he has to cut off. Nobody can just come right out and be like, ‘Yo, it’s his f—ing mom.’ It’s a damn shame,” Blackson said. “Eli’s agents, his financial team, they don’t like Annie. Nobody likes Annie.

“I feel like when people say Eli’s like a cancer … I just think of mom when people say those words and use those types of adjectives.”

Annie Apple has been active on Twitter and even landed a job with ESPN after the 2016 NFL Draft. She was an outspoken critic of the Giants over their handling of the Josh Brown domestic violence situation, and she accused the team of trying to silence her son.

“I feel like he never had a fair shot. I mean, a lot of this s— that you could be judging him on, there’s really a master behind him pulling the strings,” Blackson said. “So, as far as Eli being the cancer, I don’t really see Eli being the cancer more than I see mom being the cancer and him not being able to separate himself.”

Annie Apple underwent brain surgery during the season, and that was said to be a great source of stress in Eli’s life. The 22-year-old has found himself in hot water with the Giants organization at numerous points this season, and he has been suspended for Week 17 after he reportedly had it out with members of the coaching staff.

All indications are that the Giants are planning to move on from Apple this offseason. You can bet his mom will have a big say in where he ends up next.

Report: Giants are likely done with Eli Apple

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The New York Giants sound very done with cornerback Eli Apple.

The former first-round pick appears to have already worn out his welcome within the organization, at least according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. Despite the fact that the team does not have a new general manager or coach in place, a decision on Apple has reportedly already been made.

It sounds like, in theory, new management could come in and really fight for Apple’s future with the organization. They’d likely be fighting against the wind in doing so, though.

Apple is ending the 2017 season suspended, with an argument with the coaching staff reportedly a last straw. Things must be bad if the Giants are eager to give up on a former first-round pick after just two years.

Giants suspend Eli Apple for Week 17

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Eli Apple’s very difficult sophomore NFL season is over.

The New York Giants announced Monday they’d suspended the cornerback for the final game of the 2017 season. Interim general manager Kevin Abrams cited “a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team.”

One reason for the suspension was that, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan and Dan Graziano, Apple argued with several coaches during Wednesday’s practice, which helped trigger the punishment.

It’s a fitting end to a tumultuous Giants season. It’s also safe to say that, even if we don’t have details, there may actually be some truth in the resentment from Giants players toward the second-year cornerback. At this point, it is reasonable to ask if Apple will be afforded a third year with the franchise, with a fresh start looming at many levels of the organization.

Landon Collins says he met with Eli Apple, apologized for ‘cancer’ remark

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Landon Collins made some very strong remarks on Tuesday about New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple being a bad teammate, and the Pro Bowl safety says he has since apologized for them.

In a radio interview on Tuesday, Collins referred to Apple as a “cancer” to the Giants. On Wednesday, Collins tweeted that he had met with both Apple and Giants head coach Steve Spagnuolo to apologize.

There has been a lot of back and forth between Collins and Apple recently in what has been a disappointing season for the former Ohio State star. Collins said last week on the radio that Apple needs to “grow up.” Those remarks came on the heels of one report that Apple threatened to walk out on the team after his play was criticized and another that the 2016 first-round pick is “disliked” within the organization.

Apple has gone through lots of personal difficulties this year. His mom underwent brain surgery during the season. Apple has also been without his stepfather, who has been an important part of his life.

Collins has been the most outspoken about Apple’s situation with the team, but it seems clear that he is speaking on behalf of a lot of other people. It’s fair to wonder if Apple will be back with the Giants in 2018.

Landon Collins calls teammate Eli Apple a cancer

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Landon Collins made it clear on Tuesday exactly how he feels about teammate Eli Apple.

During a radio interview with ESPN’s Bob Wischusen, Collins, who was placed on IR this week, called Apple a cancer.

There have been consistent reports coming out the past month that seem to be singling out Apple as a bad apple on the New York Giants. One last month said Apple was so sensitive to criticism that he threatened to walk out on the team. Another story two weeks ago said that Apple was “disliked” within the organization.

This is not the first time Collins has specifically called out Apple, who was a first-round pick by the team last year. Collins said last week on the radio that Apple needs to “grow up.”

Apple has gone through lots of personal difficulties this year. His mom underwent brain surgery during the season. Apple has also been without his stepfather, who has been an important part of his life.

Given all the tension in the locker room surrounding Apple, the Giants will have to give a lot of thought to bringing Apple back next season.

Landon Collins: Eli Apple ‘has to grow up’

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Landon Collins was quick to come out and publicly support Eli Apple when his New York Giants teammate was having issues at work and in his personal life, but things seem to have changed in a hurry.

Apple has been benched for several games this season in addition to fined by the team, and Collins said last week that he has sat down with Apple numerous times to speak with him about the importance of being a good teammate. Apple later told reporters Collins was lying. In an appearance on 98.7 ESPN’s “The Michael Kay Show” Monday, Collins offered a much harsher assessment of Apple’s season.

“I can’t tell you man. That’s a hard topic to speak on,” Collins said, via Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. “As a player, he’s a great player. As a man, he has his ups and downs. But when he’s on the field, I think he’s trying to be as much accountable as he can. He understands, I think the business side of the game did it to him, because this game is not for long. And I think he finally understands that even if you’re a first-rounder, you can always be cut.

Even if Collins did try to mentor Apple in the past, he seems unwilling to do it going forward.

“Look, we’re all grown men in there,” he said. “He has to grow up. Mentor and raising are two different things. Right now, I feel like we’re doing one more than the other.”

Apple said last week that other teammates like Brandon Marshall and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie have tried to help him, but he claims Collins wasn’t one of them. Apple is 22 and Collins is only 23, so perhaps Apple feels he isn’t the right person to hand out advice.

Apple has dealt with issues in his personal life this year after his mother underwent brain surgery, but there have been more than a few reports indicating he is having problems with his teammates and coaches. It would not be a surprise if the 2016 first-round pick tries to convince the Giants to part ways with him this offseason.

Eli Apple denies that Landon Collins has offered to help him this season

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Eli Apple has had a rough season with the New York Giants both on and off the field, and fellow defensive back Landon Collins said this week that he has sat down with Apple and tried to help the former first-round pick through some of the issues he is dealing with.

Apple says that is a lie.

On Wednesday, Collins told reporters he has spoken to Apple to offer support and stress the importance of being a good teammate.

When asked about his alleged conversations with Collins, Apple claimed they never took place. He said Thursday that he has gotten advice from veteran teammates but Collins wasn’t one of them.

Collins, perhaps feeling a bit under-appreciated, later chalked Apple’s comments up to the former Ohio State star having a bad memory.

While the “he-said, she-said” may sound insignificant, it seems like yet another indication that Apple is generally unhappy with the Giants. He has dealt with issues in his personal life after his mother underwent brain surgery, but there have been more than a few reports indicating he is having problems with his teammates and coaches. It would not be a surprise if Apple tries to convince the Giants to part ways with him this offseason.