Why Eli Apple's suspension may speed up his Giants exit

Why Eli Apple's suspension may speed up his Giants exit

Apple was declared inactive for a game shortly after his mother underwent brain surgery.

Second-year cornerback Eli Apple, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 draft, has made himself into a lightning rod for criticism. Apple did not play any defensive snaps in that game. Besides the other two guys, DRC (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) and Jackrabbit (former North Alabama standout Janoris Jenkins), I love those two guys.

"(Landon and I) had a quick conversation this morning and then I had a quick conversation with Eli", said Spagnuolo. With the implication that he was a liar, Collins reportedly had to be restrained by his teammates from going after Apple, per NJ.com.

While there was tension between Apple and former head coach Ben McAdoo, it appears that wasn't the entire problem with his time in NY. Mathews, who joined the team's practice squad on December 6, has yet to play in an National Football League regular-season game. They play hard. They love what they do.

Apple was punished "for a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team", interim general manager Kevin Abrams said in a statement after he and interim coach Steve Spagnuolo met with last year's first-round pick.

The New York Post reported last month that Apple almost left the team facility after he was criticized for making bad plays during a film session.

Of course, the last time Collins said he had met with Apple - on December 13 - the conversations were denied by Apple the following day. Tape has shown a notable lack of effort/interest in tackling at times, he missed time due to a personal issue and a hip injury and he most recently drew ire for tweeting from the sideline during a Week 14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. We'll see where things go from here, but having an impressive and respected veteran like Collins call you a "cancer" in a radio interview probably isn't a good sign for your career.

"Landon? No", Apple said. After that meeting, Collins offered up a public apology.

It's been a bad one all around for the Giants, and the Apple situation has been the most glaring example of just how bad it's been during one of the worst seasons Big Blue has ever had.