COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Eli Apple was a mistake. That’s how most Giants and Saints fans feel about the former Buckeye. And love doesn’t get lost at Apple either.
Just a day after the Bengals cornerback helped Cincinnati achieve the AFC Championship, he seemingly posted this unprovoked post on Twitter about his hatred of the Giants and Saints fan bases.
Drafted 10th overall by the Giants in 2016, Apple lasted less than two seasons in New York before being traded to New Orleans for a fourth-round pick and a seventh-round pick.
By any standards, he was considered a bust by the Giants. The Saints soon believed the same after failing to re-sign him after the 2019 season. Maybe that explains his disdain for the city and the franchise.
Apple was signed by the Carolina Panthers in 2020 but only played two games and was axed after the season. It looked like his short-lived career was over.
The Bengals jumped at the chance to bring him on board after William Jackson III left for the Washington Football Team during the 2021 offseason. Apple’s signing seemed unsuccessful after many struggles in the preseason. But the Bengals stuck with him, and after bye week, Apple became Pro Football Focus’ second-highest scoring cornerback over a five-week period from November 21 to December 19.
He’s still far from the best corner in one-on-one coverage and has cost the Bengals with some early pass interference calls. But he made one of the biggest plays of the game in Cincinnati’s thrilling 19-16 win over the No. 1-seeded Tennessee Titans.
The Titans had the ball with 30 seconds remaining Apple canceled Ryan Tannehill’s passport, who fell into the arms of Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson to set up the game-winning drive. The victory unleashes Apple’s inner troll when he took to Twitter in an all-out smear campaign against everyone and everything.
The Bengals now meet the Chiefs at 3:05 p.m. in Kansas City for a Super Bowl seat in a rematch of the Bengals’ Week 17 win over KC to win the AFC North. Apple played well enough in the game, allowing only 61 yards and a touchdown, but also dropping an interception that would have been returned for a touchdown.
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