EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Apple said Wednesday that “I expect big things out of myself” in the 2017 season.
Big enough for the New York Giants’ 2016 first-round pick (10th overall) to become the best cornerback on a team that already features Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie?
“I think so,” Apple replied when asked if he thought he could soon surpass Jackrabbit and become the Giants’ No. 1 corner. “I think we’re all No. 1 corners, even DRC being an older guy I think he’s still got a lot left.”
Apple has often been lined up against Odell Beckham Jr. in training camp, and has held his own. Here is one play that was a win for Apple:
Pass breakup Eli Apple on Odell. pic.twitter.com/19RO7tAKN3— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) August 1, 2017
“We make each other better,” Apple said. “I want to make Odell the best receiver in the NFL. He wants to make me the best corner in the NFL. For us to do that, we got to go hard every play.’’
Best in the league might be a stretch. Apple, though, has certainly shown signs of developing into one of the league’s better cover corners. His work against Beckham shows that.
Here is more receiver/defensive back work. Apple matches up with both Beckham and Brandon Marshall.
Iron. Sharpens. Iron. ⚒— New York Giants (@Giants) August 2, 2017
Putting in that work at #GiantsCamp! pic.twitter.com/Z5eQMz2nQz