First year pro Eli Apple discusses the severity of his knee injury and how he can continue to improve his technique before the start of the regular season.
Eli Apple, the New York Giants cornerback and first-round draft pick out of Ohio State, tweaked his knee during the team’s first preseason game Friday night and had to leave to undergo various testing. When asked about the injury, Apple said, “I kind of just tweaked it [my knee] a little bit on special teams, punt return. It’s just a lower leg strain, it’s gonna be fine.” Aside from this injury scare, Apple was happy to have experienced his first taste of NFL action on both defense and special teams, where he sustained his injury recovering a fumble. “I think I played okay. I played a little out of control sometimes,” the rookie said, while also adding that he needs to fix “Just the little details” in his game when the team watches the game film. Apple and the entire Giants defensive first-team were impressive in their first game action as a unit, forcing Miami to two three and outs on their first two offensive possessions. “Yeah, it felt great being out there, playing with that defensive line,” Apple said in praise of the efforts of Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon. “You know you don’t have to cover the guy too long [when they’re pass rushing].” Even though the second-team defense let up 24 unanswered points, Giants fans have to be impressed with the first team’s play last night. That defensive just makes everyone else’s job on that defense easier, including Eli Apple, who appears to be comfortable in the spotlight in the “Big Apple.”