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    90-man roster: Will Eli Apple take a step forward?


    Excerpt: "By now, we have been over this a million — maybe a gazillion — times. Eli Apple was not the player anyone expected the New York Giants to end up with 10th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. That’s what happened, however, and it worked out pretty well for the New York defense as Apple became a regular on one of the league’s best defenses.

    Can Apple, who played only two years of college football at Ohio State and doesn’t turn 22 until August, take a step forward in 2017? Let’s take a closer look at Apple as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the Giants’ 90-man roster.

    2016 Season in Review
    With Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as established starters the early expectation was that Apple would ease into the NFL by having to earn snaps in the slot. That did not, however, turn out to be the case.

    Using a bit of forward-thinking by putting Apple’s development as the outside corner they hoped he would become first, the Giants left their first-round pick on the outside and pushed Rodgers-Cromartie into the slot. That worked out better than the Giants could have hoped. Despite some typical rookie struggles, Apple held his own. The surprise was that Rodgers-Cromartie, a flop in the slot with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier in his career, thrived in the role for the Giants.

    Statistically, Apple played 14 games with 11 starts. He had 49 tackles, seven passes defensed, an interception, a forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries. Apple ended up with a Pro Football focus grade of 55.9, 86th among 111 qualifying cornerbacks. Vernon Hargreaves, selected 11th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had a 52.6 grade. Apple was named to Gil Brandt’s All-Rookie Team." Read more...
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    of course he will
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    He was head and shoulders above Prince.

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    I thought he played very well, especially for a rookie. The concern with him creating interference penalties was way overblown, or he took to the coaching on limiting that. I didn't notice many incidents of miscommunication with the others in his unit, either.

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    I am still not sure about him. Nothing really stands out that yet that makes me think he will be as great as DRC and Jenkins. Apple had only 2 good highlights all season. His tackling is beyond below average, hopefully he changes my mind this season. But then again not many rookie Corners start out great so I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt since he was only 21....by 24 he should be a shut down corner

    Here is a video showing how terrible he was:

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    he was a pleasant surprise at corner for us. he said himself he is more comfortable with the nfl so I expect he will only get better with time.

    Spags will give him opportunities to excel more in this defense and as a 1st round pick I think he will answer his calling.

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    Lets hope so. He flashed at times his rookie year, but also showed a bunch of bad habits.
    Spin that Webb young Davis

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    I personally didn't think he was good at all. I give him a C - or D+. Did show a glimpse of hope from time to time. IMHO he was about as good as Collins was his rookie season, and look at the improvement in one year with Collins. Arguably the best defensive player in the league. I would think Apple becomes better in his 2nd year just from the reps and experience of his rookie year.

    Now dare we dream and he makes a leap (can't realistically expect him to improve as much as Collins did in one year) but he was the weak link in the secondary last year if he becomes stronger with this defense the sky is the limit.

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    He better.. he is a top 10 pick.

  10. #10
    AS a top ten pick he was a disappointment however, he was a rookie so... I can only hope he makes the type of growth spurt that his backfield buddy from Alabama had his second year. Go Jints!!!

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