New York Giants decided to shore up their cornerback position for the future by picking Eli Apple from the NFL Draft to find more time for Odell Beckham Jr.. Quarterback Eli Manning shared his viewpoint on the progression of Apple.
“No. That wasn’t the intention," said Manning of targeting Apple. "That’s just the way sometimes what the plays and coverages are and going through my progressions. I’m not trying to go at a certain guy. Right now it’s just day one of OTA’s. We’re not going after matchups and picking on guys. We’re just working on the basics and going through your progressions.” Eli talking about Apple.
Manning also discussed the maturation of Beckham and how he's improving his game.
“It’s just good to have him in that third season and having him healthy and going to all of the OTA’s and just be able to go and move him around in different spots," noted Manning. "We did that a little bit. “You kind of have a controlled set of plays just because you don’t want to overload him and make sure what he does, he does it well, and then you can expand him in that and put him in different spots with matchups. I think now he can handle all of that. We put him in different routes and make sure he’s doing them correctly. I think there’s an understanding of the offense, of how things are supposed to go and the timing of things. I think that third year he should start really picking up on that.”
Manning shares the same first name with Apple, however the Giants made a curious pick taking the Ohio State standout with the tenth overall pick. On the side note, its confirmed that wide receiver Victor Cruz has been spending most of the session off side.
“It’s not hard. You just understand we’ve got to get him healthy. We’ve got to make sure that everybody is being smart and everybody is understanding that he’s had several injuries and surgeries and a tough past.” Manning said about Cruz. “Just make sure you’re being smart with his workload and we’ve got to make sure we get him to training camp. When the doctors and everybody say he’s cleared and ready to go or if he can do this and certain things, then it’s a good thing.”