EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple was embarrassed when his second NFL season ended with a suspension for the ultimate week of the season.
The troubling marketing campaign included a number of benchings and a few troubling incidents with teammates, coaches and executives.
Giants huge receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was at Monday’s first organized crew exercise exercise and warmed up along with his teammates. He additionally participated in some particular person drills earlier than stepping off to the facet with a coach.
Apple conceded he could have gotten overconfident final 12 months. He was left looking to change into a greater participant, teammate and particular person this offseason.
“Was I embarrassed? After all,” he stated Monday after the primary organized crew exercise exercise of the spring. “No person desires to exit the way in which I went out. It was all over. So, after all.”
The 2016 first-round choose met with new common supervisor Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur not lengthy after they have been employed. He was given an assurance there could be a clear slate this 12 months.
This was welcome information with rumors swirling about his future with the franchise below the no-nonsense new regime.
“I feel it went properly,” Apple stated of his dialog with Gettleman. “He was simply telling me that he desires to place every little thing behind me. Simply talked about clear slate. He stated he was excited. I am excited as properly.”
The Giants have been enthusiastic about Apple’s potential after a promising rookie season. But it surely all fell aside final 12 months. He was coping with household points that bled into his work conduct and efficiency.
It reached the purpose the place security Landon Collins known as Apple “a most cancers” late within the season. Apple believes that unhealthy blood is previously.
“It is nice,” he stated of their relationship now. “It is all about getting an understanding. We talked and put every little thing behind us. It is about transferring ahead now.”
Apple, 22, was ultimately suspended late final 12 months for “a sample of conduct that’s conduct detrimental to the crew” after an incident at apply involving a coach. It was a becoming finish to a large number of a season.
He claims to have appeared within the mirror and observed a necessity for change. He went about making it occur this offseason.
“As a result of clearly there was stuff that occurred,” he stated. “I wish to proceed to work on myself, talk higher, not let sure stuff get to me. Proceed to attempt and get higher daily.”
The Giants have been pleased with what they’ve seen up to now. They’re planning on Apple being a major piece to the crew. He ran with the beginning protection at cornerback reverse Janoris Jenkins on Monday.
Apple would not suppose he is the identical participant or particular person as final 12 months. There have been modifications.
“Every little thing,” he stated. “My habits, every little thing that I’ve performed I can contact up on. I am simply going to fine-tune every little thing and are available with a special perspective and be optimistic on the sector and do every little thing I can to make myself higher as a participant and everyone else as a crew.”
The early returns have been optimistic from the Giants’ perspective.
“Nicely, I am certain glad — yeah, you hear issues, however I am certain glad that I actually consider in a clear slate,” Shurmur stated. “He is been nothing however skilled, he is been out right here competing, he is one of many guys that has been right here nearly each single day, and I have never seen something that someone might need thought I heard. He is been nice.”
When Apple appears to be like within the mirror now he sees one thing totally different from final 12 months.
“A 22-year-old man simply able to get to work. Proceed to work exhausting and construct on that,” he stated. “It is all about soccer proper now. Being a greater teammate and being the very best soccer play I could possibly be.”
He later added: “I feel I could be a nice Professional Bowl participant. It is about on a regular basis going about my enterprise and being an important participant daily and being constant.”