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Panthers add Eli Apple after Raiders deal falls through

Eli Apple

Eli Apple’s free agency deal with the Las Vegas Raiders fell through, and the Carolina Panthers are the beneficiaries.

The Panthers announced on Thursday that they have agreed to terms with Apple.

Apple originally agreed to terms on a one-year, $6 million deal with the Raiders on March 18. We learned in April that the deal fell through, which made Apple a free agent.

A former first-round pick by the Giants, Apple was traded to New Orleans in 2018. He played 10 games for them that season and 15 last season. The 24-year-old cornerback had 58 tackles last year for New Orleans and would provide a nice upgrade in the secondary for Carolina.

Eli Apple a free agent again after deal with Raiders falls through

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Eli Apple is back on the free agent market after his deal with the Las Vegas Raiders fell through.

The Raiders and Apple agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal in free agency on March 18. However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Thursday that the two sides were unable to finalize things.

Contracts that were agreed to in free agency this year presented an unusual case because of the inability of teams to bring in players for physicals. It’s unclear whether there was a medical issue with Apple that was later discovered, or if the two sides had a disagreement about finances, but Apple is back on the market.

The 24-year-old cornerback played in 15 games each of the last two seasons and had 58 tackles last year for New Orleans.

Many teams have already agreed to deals with cornerbacks and spent the money they had allotted for free agency, so it might be tougher for Apple to find a new deal.

CB Eli Apple signing with Raiders in free agency

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The Las Vegas Raiders continue to add players in free agency.

The Raiders had interest in Chris Harris Jr. but ended up getting Eli Apple at cornerback.

Apple, 24, was a first-round pick by the New York Giants in 2016 but was a bad fit there and was traded to the Saints prior to the deadline in 2018. He has played in 15 games each of the last two seasons and had 58 tackles last year for New Orleans.

Apple joins Carl Nassib, Nick Kwiatkoski, Cory Littleton, Jeff Heath, and Maliek Collins as defensive additions the Raiders have made this offseason. They also added Jason Witten and Marcus Mariota on offense.

Eli Apple leaves game with right knee injury on non-contact play

Eli Apple

Eli Apple left Sunday’s New Orleans Saints-Chicago Bears game after injuring his right knee on a non-contact play.

Apple was covering Javon Wims with under a minute to go and slipped in the end zone at Soldier Field. Apple going down allowed Wims to be wide open, and the Bears receiver caught a touchdown to make it 36-25.

Replay showed Apple going down without contact as he appeared to slip on the turf. Apple was grabbing his right knee.

Apple, a former first-round pick by the Giants, had six tackles in the game. The 24-year-old cornerback is in his second season with the Saints, who are now 6-1.

10 NFL players who could make a big impact down the stretch

Colt McCoy

The 2018 NFL season is coming up on the final quarter stretch and in most cases, nothing is settled. Divisions are close, playoff races are tight, and injuries around the league have really begun to shake things up.

It’s now make-or-break time for players and teams, and as the saying goes, big players make big plays in big games. So who might those big players be? Here’s a look at 10 players who could have a big impact down the stretch.

10. Colt McCoy, QB, Washington Redskins

33 years to the day that Lawrence Taylor broke Joe Theismann’s leg, players watched helplessly as Alex Smith suffered a gruesomely similar injury. His season is now over, and the reigns of the NFC East-leading Redskins have been handed over to Colt McCoy. He played relatively well in a Week 11 loss to the Houston Texans and will now lead the show moving forward, which is a role he hasn’t played in many years. The luxury McCoy brings to the table beyond his starting experience is his intimate familiarity with Washington’s offense and the skill position players surrounding him. And just as Nick Foles did a season ago, perhaps McCoy can channel some backup magic and lead the Redskins to the playoffs.


Giants reportedly trade CB Eli Apple to Saints

Eli Apple

The New York Giants decided on Tuesday to cut ties with a man named Eli, but it is probably not the Eli you are thinking of.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Giants have traded cornerback Eli Apple to the Saints for a fourth-round pick in next year’s draft and a seventh-round pick in 2020.

Apple, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 draft, had a lot of issues in the Giants’ locker room over the past couple of years. It’s a surprise that they stuck with him as long as they did after some of the things that were said about Apple by his teammates, but perhaps the team thought the situation would improve.

While it’s unclear if it played a role in the tension between him and his teammates, Apple went through a lot of personal issues off the field in 2017 with his mother undergoing brain surgery. There is no denying the former Ohio State star’s level of talent.

Eli Apple, former Ohio State players react to Urban Meyer investigation

Urban Meyer

The situation involving Urban Meyer at Ohio State has sent shockwaves across the sports world, and many of the coach’s former players have been asked to weigh in on it. On Thursday, New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple shared his thoughts.

While speaking with reporters at training camp, Apple described Meyer’s administrative leave and the investigation as “unfortunate.”

“It’s a crazy, unfortunate situation,” Apple said, via Matt Lombardo of “I just hope it gets worked out.”

When pressed further and asked if he believes Meyer knew of the 2015 domestic violence allegations against his assistant, Zach Smith, that he claimed to have no knowledge of, Apple stopped short of supporting his former coach.

“I can’t say. I don’t know,” he said. “It’s very surprising. Definitely. He was one of my coaches when I played. You don’t really know somebody outside of football, like you want to. Hopefully, they can get the situation worked out.”

Others who played for Meyer or at Ohio State were far less reserved. Zach Boren, a free agent fullback who went to Ohio State, said the allegations against Smith from his ex-wife have nothing to do with Meyer. Former Buckeyes defensive end Matt Finkes took a similar stance.

Buckeyes alumni weren’t all supportive of Meyer, however.

Smith was the longest-tenured member of Meyer’s staff prior to his firing last Monday. Meyer admitted that he knew of domestic violence allegations against Smith from 2009 but claimed what was reported about them was inaccurate. He then said he had no knowledge of any other incidents between Smith and his ex-wife, but some text messages uncovered by Brett McMurphy on Wednesday seem to indicate otherwise.

H/T Eleven Warriors

15 NFL players with something to prove in 2018

Joe Flacco

The NFL can be notoriously fickle. The risk of injury, the lack of guaranteed money, and the ever-changing game can alter the trajectory of a career very quickly. For some players, it leaves them in a position where they have to prove themselves again in order to re-establish themselves as top-tier stars.

Here are 15 players who are looking to do just that in 2018. They may have had off-field issues, a lot of injuries, are entering a contract year, or any combination thereof. Either way, all eyes will be on them this coming season, and it’s up to them to respond.

1) Odell Beckham Jr., Giants

There’s so much good about Beckham, but we haven’t seen enough of it in the last year or so. He hasn’t stayed healthy. He’s gotten involved in off-field distractions. He hasn’t produced to the standards he’s capable of even when healthy. Now entering a contract year, he needs to prove to the Giants and everyone else that he can let his football do the talking. So far, he’s reportedly off to a good start.


Landon Collins says Eli Apple is ‘growing up’

It’s safe to say Landon Collins and Eli Apple did not get along at the end of last season, but things appear to have changed.

Collins had praise for Apple as minicamp got underway Monday, praising his maturity and skill level during camp so far this offseason.

This is quite the turnaround. Collins was speaking quite differently about Apple at the end of last season, but the younger cornerback is getting a second chance and Collins is quite clearly willing to go along with it.

Eli Apple says relationship with Landon Collins has improved

Eli Apple

One of the final embarrassing sideplots of the 2017 New York Giants season was virtually the entire organization turning on Eli Apple due to his detrimental conduct.

Apple is getting a second chance with the team, and on Monday he admitted last year embarrassed him and said he has improved what appeared to be a very bad relationship with safety Landon Collins.

Apple pretty much had no choice to fix things up with teammates after the extremely inflammatory things that were said at the end of the season. He’s being given a fresh start and seems determined to make the most of it.