Eli Apple earns praise from Steve Spagnuolo in first game back
Eli Apple is working his way back into the good graces of his New York Giants teammates and coaches.
Apple played a physical brand of football and finished with nine tackles. He also held up well when tasked with primary coverage on the Eagles' trio of talented wide receivers. For this, he earned praise from interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo.
“I need to see the film, but I thought he was solid,” Spagnuolo said to reporters after the game. “I don’t remember anything that got us in trouble. I do remember this — he had at least two really good tackles and he’s a really good tackler.”
Apple was just happy to be back out there with his teammates.
“It felt great being back out there with the guys, I told them that, too, during the game,” Apple said. “I just tried to do everything I could on my part to help us win.”
“I was a little rusty, I’m not going to lie,” Apple said. “But I think as the game was going on, I got better.”
Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon thinks that Apple has turned the page on a rocky 2017 season and could soon rewrite his narrative entirely.
“We all know he loves to play football,” Vernon said. “He loves being out there, so he knew what he had to do coming in here and making plays and that’s what he did.”
Apple is somewhat lucky that the Giants will undergo a turnover at both the general manager and head coach positions in 2018 because it will give him a much-needed chance at a fresh start. For now, Apple should continue to work on winning back his teammates for good.
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