New York Giants: 5 bold stat predictions for 2018
By Henry Buggy
No. 3 – Eli Apple Knocks Down 15 Passes
Eli Apple’s career with the New York Giants has gotten off to a rocky start, to say the least.
But the 22-year-old cornerback is looking to make the most of his clean slate with a new coaching staff and front office. Apple has shown promise in his short career but has lacked consistency.
Through his first two seasons, the 6-foot-1, 199-pound corner has amassed 100 tackles, 15 passes defended, and one interception. Look for Apple to double his passes defended in year three.
That may be a lofty prediction for the former first-round pick out of Ohio State, but the Giants are counting on him to step up as the team’s No. 2 cornerback.
Gettleman’s decision not to add a legitimate starting cornerback in free agency or the draft was a vote of confidence in the young defensive back. Apple has shown significant strides through the team’s offseason program.
From Week 6 through Week 10 last season, Apple allowed just 9-of-19 passes to be completed when thrown in his direction, according to Pro Football Focus. He will have no shortage of playing time in Bettcher’s defense and will have plenty of opportunities to knock down passes, playing opposite Janoris Jenkins.
Only 16 players in the NFL recorded 15 passes defended or more in 2017, according to ESPN. Look for Apple to make the most of his second chance.