The development of second-year player Eli Apple will prove to be the catalyst behind Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie seeing a reduced role in 2017.
Last season, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie saw a reduced role on the New York Giants defense as rookie Eli Apple supplanted him on the outside.
DRC is currently running on a 5-year, $35 million contract with a $10 million signing bonus and $13.98 million guaranteed, according to Spotrac.com. He is going into his fourth-season with Big Blue and will look to find a place in the starting lineup in 2017.
?With multiple corner backs leaving in free agency, and the Giants choosing to sign only one reserve corner in ex-Tennessee Titan Valentino Blake, they will surely be utilizing Rodgers-Cromartie early and often.
DRC excelled in the slot position in 2016, and will probably be designated to that spot again in 2017. Ultimately, he is a super-star backup player with an extra gear that makes him dangerous.
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Spagnuolo wants to give Eli Apple a majority of the reps, so that he can continue to grow and develop into the star he is destined to be.
Let’s just hope that Apple's animated mother doesn't ruin his reputation with the Giants.
Currently on the roster, the Giants have three starting quality corner backs in DRC, Apple and Janoris Jenkins. With these three studs trotting out onto the field on Sunday's, there is a sense of fear in the air from opposing quarterbacks.
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With the subsequent return of Darian Thompson locking up the safety position, the Giants defense is primed to be one of the best in the league.
Last season, the Giants' team saw a major decrease in injuries after bringing on Aaron Wellman as their strength and conditioning coach.
If the trend continues, Big Blue could be looking at a Super Bowl caliber defense.