Giants S Landon Collins opened up about CB Eli Apple's behavior yet again, saying the sophomore corner "has to grow up."
Collins spoke on "The Michael Kay Show" on Monday, where he addressed what the team thinks about Apple's incidents on and off the field this year. At the end of the day, Collins believes his teammate needs to mature.
"Look, we're all grown men in there," Collins said. "He has to grow up. Mentor and raising are two different things. Right now, I feel like we're doing one more than the other."
Collins said he tried to talk to Apple about his recent issues, which includes reportedly threatening to leave the facility after coaches and teammates called out his effort a few weeks ago, and tweeting on the sideline during the team's Week 14 matchup against the Cowboys. However, Apple denied the talks, saying he spoke with Brandon Marshall and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie instead.
Collins, then, posted this tweet after hearing Apple's comments.
Tweet about that and watch what happens💯- LANDON COLLINS (@TheHumble_21) December 14, 2017
As for whether or not those players got through to Apple, Collins doesn't know. But he thinks the 22-year-old understands that everything in the NFL doesn't last forever.
"I can't tell you man. That's a hard topic to speak on," Collins said when asked if anyone has gotten through to Apple. "As a player, he's a great player. As a man, he has his ups and downs. But when he's on the field, I think he's trying to be as much accountable as he can. He understands, I think the business side of the game did it to him, because this game is not for long. And I think he finally understands that even if you're a first-rounder, you can always be cut."
Apple returned to the field for the first time in weeks this past Sunday, where he totaled nine tackles. He noted everything has been hard for the past month or so, but he is going to continue working hard for the rest of the season.
"It's been a lot, it's definitely been a lot," Apple said after Sunday's game. "But just continue to try to grow and lean on the leaders here and get better every day."