Eli Apple might be struggling at the corner position to start this year, but that wasn't the reason why he didn't start the first three series against the Chargers last week.
According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Apple was benched because of disciplinary reasons. Sources told Garafolo that Apple had poor conduct during the Giants' practices leading up to the game and he was "speaking back to some of the coaches."
After the game, Apple told reporters he had never been benched before at any level before in his life and he was surprised by the move.
"I don't know," the second-year cornerback said. "That's what happens. You lose games and it's got to be someone else's problem, so they look around and think, 'OK, this is the problem.' But it's not just one guy, it's the whole culture, it's everything. We've got to fix it. ... You've just got to roll with the punches," Apple said. "When you get your number called, you get your number called and try to make a play."
Apple was not the only Giants member of the secondary to suffer due to poor discipline, as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended by the team indefinitely for violating team rules.