Giants Safety Landon Collins called teammate Eli Apple a 'cancer'

Ross Houston
December 27, 2017

The other two guys - DRC (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) and Jack Rabbit (Janoris Jenkins) - I love those two guys. In fact, Collins would be fine with the team's new regime cutting Apple in the offseason.

Jordan Raanan of ESPN sheds additional light on what is clearly a contentious relationship between the teammates and the weirdness is further illustrated by Apple receiving no defensive playing time in the team's Week 16 loss. Collins also praised the aforementioned veterans in virtually the same breath as calling out Apple.

Collins has told the media at points this season that he and Apple have had conversations about handling struggles in a professional manner.

After being a sleeper Super Bowl contender during the preseason, the New York Giants are far closer to the first overall pick in the 2018 draft with a 2-13 record. They play hard. They love what they do. He also drew the ire of members of the Giants after he tweeted on the sideline in the middle of the team's loss to the Dallas Cowboys on December 10. It was the fifth game in the last six he has not played corner; he was inactive for the other four. Annie Apple and Eli's stepfather, Tim Apple, divorced.

"There's one corner that needs to grow up, and we all know who it is", Collins said Tuesday.

Collins, meanwhile, is respected by his peers, inside and outside the locker room. "We need him to want to be here". There's plenty of blame to go around, from an already fired head coach and general manager, the continued decline of Eli Manning, injuries to wide receivers and just general underachievement across the board. The following day, Apple denied the conversations ever occurred. But was the first Giants player to openly criticize Ben McAdoo and call for changes in NY.

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