Eli Apple is a key piece to the Cincinnati Bengals defense. He has been very solid since he joined the team in 2021. He plays his role well and steps up when he’s needed. You may dislike him because of his Twitter antics, but you at least have to acknowledge and respect his play over the past two seasons. Let’s start pointing out his good plays and not every single one of his bad ones.
Apple may have some critics because of his previous play on former teams, the New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, and Carolina Panthers. Those days are done and over with, both Apple and his former teams have moved on. He has found a role with an excellent Bengals team and has proved why he belongs in the NFL.
Just last season, Apple allowed just a 22.6 passer rating in man coverage. That was a league best. This season, Apple has held receivers like Stefon Diggs, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Jaylen Waddle all under 40 yards. That’s no mistake, as Apple has proved he can guard some of the league’s best wideouts, and only has allowed 49 receptions on 84 targets this season.
His contract is very friendly too. Over the course of the two seasons, Cincinnati has only had to pay him $4.95 million dollars. I’m sure Cincinnati loves what they’re getting on the field for the price that they’re paying.
If you can’t admit Eli Apple is a solid NFL cornerback, then you’re just ignoring the facts. Watch Apple play this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs because I’m sure he will have a big impact on the game. He played well in last year’s AFC Championship Game, and earlier this season against the Chiefs, so I expect he will again. Love him or hate him, you have to start respecting him. Apple has turned his career around in Cincinnati.