Former first-round pick Eli Apple hasn’t had a great season with the New York Giants. A talented player, he continues to run into issues with his coaches and fellow players, to the point that the team has benched him at times.
It looks like a toxic relationship, and star safety Landon Collins is sick of it. When asked about mentoring the younger player, he didn’t want to hear it.
“Look, we’re all grown men in there,” Collins said, per ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. “He has to grow up. Mentor and raising are two different things. Right now, I feel like we’re doing one more than the other.”
That’s something of a shot at Apple’s mother and stepfather, essentially saying he doesn’t want to have to raise their son for them. He just needs Apple to be a man and put any trivial things behind him.
Collins did praise Apple for his ability as a football player, if not his attitude and personality.
“I can’t tell you man. That’s a hard topic to speak on,” Collins said. “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.”
That seems to suggest a sense of entitlement could play into this, though that is also just Collins’ opinion. When asked about it, Apply himself insisted he was trying to get better.
“It’s been a lot, it’s definitely been a lot,” Apple said. “But just continue to try to grow and lean on the leaders here and get better every day.”