After his deal with the Las Vegas Raiders fell through, former New York Giants first-round pick Eli Apple decided to stay in the NFC South for the 2020 season.
Following a rough 2020 season with the New Orleans Saints, Apple signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers in a move that once again signals that Matt Rhule is essentially punting on the 2020 season.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) May 28, 2020
Carolina drafted four defensive backs in the 2020 NFL Draft, including cornerbacks Troy Pride Jr. and Stantley Thomas-Oliver, so Apple isn’t guaranteed a starting spot.
After a really promising 2018 season, Apple regressed to his usual, inconsistent stuff in 2019, as he didn’t record a single interception while allowing a passer rating of 100.9 on throws targeted at him. Donte Jackson will go into the season as the No. 1 cornerback, meaning Apple will compete with Pride and former Miami star Corn Elder for the No. 2 cornerback spot.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 9, 2019
Apple’s athletic gifts have enticed yet another team to take a chance on him. Hopefully the third time is the charm and he finally sticks long-term.