The Giants 2017 season is not only a disaster on the field, but it seems that things have been combustable in the locker room as well.
Second-year cornerback Eli Apple has found himself at the center of controversy after struggling mightily this season. His teammate, Landon Collins, recently joined 98.7 ESPN New York and offered his thoughts on the young corner, calling him a 'cancer' (quotes via USA Today):
“There’s one corner that has to establish [himself] and needs to grow, and we all know who that is,” Collins said. “That would be the only person I would change out of our secondary group.
"The other two guys — DRC [Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] and Jack Rabbit [Janoris Jenkins] — I love those two guys. They play hard. They love what they do. But, that first pick, he’s a cancer.”
NJ.com reports that Collins stated he had a sit down conversation with Apple, along with a few other veterans, to discuss Apple being benched for a lack of effort on the field. Apparently family issues played a role with his poor play on the gridiron:
“I had a sitdown with him. A couple of us have had a sitdown with him,” Collins said Wednesday after the Giants held their first practice of the week ahead of Sunday’s home game against the NFC-leading Eagles.
"“We just said that regardless of the situation, we’ve got your back. You’re our brother … at the end of the day, we have to go into battle with him…
"Collins was more blunt later in his press session. “It’s mental,” he said. “Right now, he has a lot of personal issues. It’s not confidence.”
In an interesting twist of events, however, Apple denies having any sort of sit down with Collins in particular, but did admit to talking to other veterans:
“Landon, no,” Apple said Thursday after practice. “But I talked to Brandon Marshall. DRC (veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) has always been a good person to talk to because he kind of went through the same thing, when he was around my age a little bit.
"I just talked to some of the guys, and it helped me out.”
"A reporter then followed up and asked Apple to confirm he was saying Collins has not spoken to him.
“No,” the former Eastern High star said. When the reporter told Apple what Collins had said Wednesday, and asked if Apple was denying it, Apple tripled down. “Yeah …. no,” he said.
What are your thoughts on Collins' comments regarding Apple being a 'cancer' to the Giants locker room? Do you think that this will cause some friction between Collins and Apple? Or will this simply be swept under the rug? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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