Eli Apple
Eli Apple
24-Year-Old CornerbackCB
New Orleans Saints
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After two and a half rocky seasons with the Giants both on the field and in the locker room, Apple received a much-needed change of scenery in October, when he was dealt to the Saints. In New Orleans, the 2016 first-round pick immediately supplanted the struggling Ken Crawley at the starting cornerback spot opposite Marshon Lattimore, helping the Saints' pass defense stage a dramatic turnaround in the process. While he didn't grade out as a standout contributor in the secondary and had his pricey fifth-year team option declined by New Orleans during the offseason, Apple's merely serviceable play was a welcome development and solidified his hold on a starting role heading into 2019. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $15.15 million contract with the Giants in May of 2016. Traded to the Saints in October of 2018. Saints declined team option for 2020 in May of 2019.
Fifth-year option declined
CBNew Orleans Saints
May 1, 2019
The Saints declined to exercise the fifth-year option on Apple's rookie contract, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Apple, who would have been owed roughly $13 million in 2020, is thus slated to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. Even though the Saints won't keep him in the fold beyond 2019 after forking over a fourth-round pick to the Giants last season, Apple has nonetheless been a solid pickup for a win-now team that has bigger priorities than overpaying for a No. 2 cornerback. New Orleans will likely use the money saved by forgoing Apple's fifth-year option to try and extend the likes of receiver Michael Thomas, running back Alvin Kamara and top cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
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Measurables Review
How do Eli Apple's measurables compare to other cornerbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 1"
203 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.40 sec
Bench Press
13 reps
Hand Length
9.38 in
Arm Length
31.38 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The team's 2016 first-round pick, Apple had a forgettable 2017, with poor play, a suspension, clashes with teammates and time missed while being with his mother who had brain surgery. The Giants new regime has offered Apple a clean slate, however, and at press time he slots as the team's starting cornerback opposite Janoris Jenkins.
Last year's first round pick, Apple had a solid season as a cover corner, and he'll again start opposite Janoris Jenkins. While Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will also have a high snap count, the Giants will be in nickel defense so often it shouldn't affect Apple's workload.
Giants' first-round pick, Apple will work on the outside and occasionally in the slot, often in nickel and dime packages. But he's unlikely to start with Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Leon Hall in the fold.
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Posts 10 tackles in win
CBNew Orleans Saints
November 23, 2018
Apple recorded 10 tackles (eight solo), one defended pass and one recovered fumble during Thursday's 31-17 win over the Falcons.
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First interception with Saints
CBNew Orleans Saints
November 12, 2018
Apple had three tackles (all solo) and an interception in Sunday's win against the Bengals.
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Notches five tackles in second start
CBNew Orleans Saints
November 5, 2018
Apple made five tackles (four solo) and had one pass defense in Sunday's win against the Rams.
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Team-leading nine tackles in debut
CBNew Orleans Saints
October 29, 2018
Apple made nine tackles (all solo) in Sunday night's win against the Vikings.
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Slated to start in Sunday's debut
CBNew Orleans Saints
October 28, 2018
Apple will start at corner with Ken Crawley inactive for Sunday's game versus the Vikings, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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