With the absence of Rodgers-Cromartie, first year player, Eli Apple, had a significantly increased workload from what the Giants and Apple expected him to have. Apple not only had the chance to play with the first-team, but he also had the opportunity to cover Odell Beckham Jr, something he likely won’t be doing much of this year considering both Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins are ahead of him on the depth chart.
After the team’s first OTAs on Monday, Apple had the chance to share his thoughts on covering Beckham Jr and about learning the defensive scheme.
Apple, who has “oooed and ahhhed” about the thought of covering Odell Beckham Jr. since he was drafted, said that covering Beckham Jr was “interesting.”
“It was interesting, for sure”, Apple said. “He runs his routes well. He’s a fast guy. It was fun going against him”, Apple added. They didn’t throw the ball his way when I was going against him, but you can tell with his explosiveness and how he gets out of breaks. It’s impressive”. Apple mentioned that he didn’t get the ball thrown to him much when he was covering Beckham Jr, but Apple did list the “impressive” traits Beckham Jr shows on the field.
The media found a way to pick Apple’s words, then asking if Apple was the reason that Beckham Jr didn’t get targeted when Apple was covering him.
“I don’t think it was anything like that”, Apple noted. “I was kind of on him a little bit. I was just trying to play to my help, but I don’t know if it was that. You’re going to have to ask Eli that one.”
After being quizzed about his experience covering Beckham Jr, Apple was asked about what it was like playing in the slot, something he rarely did at Ohio St.
“It was interesting. It was just different from the outside”, Apple said. “You have to communicate a lot more. You’ve just got to make sure you’re noticing everything on the field.” Apple knows that he is going to be playing a solid amount of slot this year as Rodgers-Cromartie and Jenkins are both strictly outside cornerbacks.
Lastly, Apple said that the change of defensive schemes from Ohio St to the Giants has been [a bit difficult], and he said what he will have to do to excel in the change of defenses.
“It’s not going to be an easy adjustment, for sure”, Apple said. “I’m going to have to be in my playbook every day, talking to my coach and trying to pick the brain from other guys and get more experience out there.”
Apple has a few more months until he will actually be on the field playing against other teams. Until then, he will be given much more time to improve, especially if Rodgers-Cromartie remains absent from OTAs.