The disappointing 2017 season for the NFL’s New York Giants was punctuated on Tuesday by one star player referring to his teammate as “a cancer.”
Riddled by player suspensions and losses, the Giants were handed a new challenge when safety Landon Collins was interviewed by substitute host Bob Wischusen on “The Michael Kay Show,” on 98.7 ESPN New York, and commented on changes that needed to be made in the secondary. Although Collins did not use Eli Apple’s name, he referred to the cornerback as a detriment to the team.
“There’s only just one corner that … needs to grow, and we all know who that is,” Collins said. “That would be the only person I would change out of our secondary group. Besides, the other two guys, [Rodgers-Cromartie] and [Jenkins], I love those two guys. They play hard. They love what they do. But that first pick, he’s a cancer.”
According to ESPN, Apple, a former top-10 draft pick, has come under scrutiny late in the season, due to his poor performances on the field. Apple did not play on Sunday when the Giants faced the Arizona Cardinals, and there is speculation that the team will not retain him for the 2018 season.
Earlier this month, Collins told NJ Advance Media that he and Apple have had discussions about Apple’s performance issues, but Apple denied ever having such conversations with Collins.
Collins said last week on ESPN Radio that Apple needed to “grow up.”
“Look, we’re all grown men in there,” Collins said. “He has to grow up. Mentor and raising are two different things. Right now, I feel like we’re doing one more than the other.”
Apple has not responded to Collins’ remarks.
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