Giants’ Landon Collins Says Eli Apple ‘Has to Grow Up’
New York Giants safety Landon Collins isn’t mincing words when speaking about rookie cornerback, and teammate, Eli Apple.
Apple has struggled this season and has even had some on-field issues. Giants’ players have tried to help Apple with his struggles, although Apple has denied some of those claims.
On Tuesday, Collins took Apple to task on WEPN’s The Michael Kay Show. Collins expressed uncertainty when asked if teammates attempt to help Apple would work.
“I can’t tell you, man. That’s a hard topic to speak on,” Collins said during the appearance, (h/t Jordan Raanan of ESPN).
“As a player, he’s a great player. As a man, he has his ups and downs. But when he’s on the field, I think he’s trying to be as much accountable as he can. He understands, I think the business side of the game did it to him, because this game is not for long. And I think he finally understands that even if you’re a first-rounder, you can always be cut.”
Collins told James Kratch of NJ Advance Media last week that he was one of the Giants players who has talked with Apple about his struggles.
“I had a sit-down with him. A couple of us have had a sit-down with him,” he said. “We just said that regardless of the situation, we’ve got your back. You’re our brother … at the end of the day, we have to go into battle with him.
“We need him to be here. We need him to want to be here. Not fighting against us, or fighting against the coaches or the organization or whoever he’s fighting against in his head. We don’t need him fighting us.”
However, Apple denied a conversation took place.
Collins responded on Twitter to Apple’s claims.
Tweet about that and watch what happens💯
— LANDON COLLINS (@TheHumble_21) December 14, 2017
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