New Giants GM Dave Gettleman said Wednesday's meeting with cornerback Eli Apple, the first time the two of them met since the team hired Gettleman, "went fine."
"Eli was attentive and focused, and because he was suspended he couldn't be at the team meeting where I spoke to the team on Monday," Gettleman told the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard. "So I went through that process, so we'll see where it goes."
Apple's second professional season was filled with controversey and ended with him being suspended for the Giants' season finale due to "a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team."
Apple had what was decribed as a "heated" argument with quarterbacks coach Tim Walton during the final week of the season over his refusal to practice with the scout team leading up to New York's Week 17 matchup with the Washington Redskins.
Fellow defensive back Landon Collins said Apple "checked out" and was a "cancer" to the team, comments he later apologized for. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said he thinks Collins and Apple can mend their relationship in the offseason.
The 22-year-old Apple was active for only 11 games in his sophomore season with the Giants since he was drafted 10th overall out of Ohio State in 2016.
Apple missed two games in November when he was with his mother, who had been recovering from brain surgery. He missed back-to-back games with a hip/back injury and returned for the Giants' Week 15 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. In Week 16 against the Arizona Cardinals, he was active but did not play a snap on defense for what he called a "coach's decision."
Apple recorded 49 combined tackles and eight passes defensed with no interceptions in 2017. As a rookie, he recorded 51 combined tackles, a forced fumble, one interception and seven passes defensed in 14 games.
The Giants owe Apple $4.3 million in guaranteed salaries over the next two seasons.