Eli Apple welcomes transition to inside CB spot

The Giants top draft pick isn't shying away from moving to the inside cornerback spot.

After being the New York Giants first round selection of the 2016 NFL draft, Eli Apple has begun his first days with the team.

 “It’s been a nice time,” Apple said. “Seeing some of the guys, some of the veterans, and getting with the coaches and trying to learn from them. So far, it’s been a dream come true.

Apple's mom stole the show on draft night as she took to social media to complain about the lack of dessert in the spread the NFL put on for players and their families. Roger Goodell was quick to right his wrong and had brownies sent to her to make up for not catering to her sweet tooth. 

"It does not surprise me one bit," offered Apple of the publicity his mom's tweet garnered. "I kind of expected it. It was something that I was thinking about that I would have to account for it because I know how she is and I know her personality on Twitter and out in public. I’m fine with it. It’s nothing surprising at all."

 As far as football is concerned, Apple is going to be depended on to be the new slot corner on defense for the Giants. Although Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins are a formidable front, the depth behind them is a weak spot in the Giants’ scheme. Apple, however, did not take up the slot position during his college career at Ohio State.

 “It will be a little different,” Apple said. “It’s a lot different from playing on the outside because the outside is a little bit more simple. Inside, you have to communicate a little bit more and just know a little bit of what everybody else is doing. It is going to be a little bit of transition, but I’m looking forward to it.”

 In addition to his lack of time at the slot position, Apple had been criticized pre-draft for his lack of reps amidst a short college campaign that only lasted his freshmen and sophomore years.

 “It was weird this past season,” Apple said. “Not getting that many targets because when you play as a freshman, you get all of the targets. But I still feel like I did my job out there on the field just taking the number one receiver away and doing my job playing man. I don’t think it was a bad thing. It’s just anytime you’re out there on the field, you always improve. That’s the main goal.”

 It certainly is not a bad thing that Apple was feared and not thrown to; Richard Sherman seemingly does it all year long. However, as Apple said of his freshmen year, he will be picked on by opposing quarterbacks because of his status as a rookie. But the veteran presence of players like DRC will be helpful for the young man.

 “I remember when he(Rodgers-Cromartie) first came in and got drafted by the Cardinals,” Apple said. “I kind of looked at him and I was like, that’s kind of like me a little bit because he’s a little lanky, taller guy and he’s pretty fast as well. I’m definitely looking forward to working with him and learning from him.”

 A lot will be expected of Apple, especially when the Giants were criticized for his selection among other glaring needs that experts thought were going to be addressed. 


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