Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie believes S Landon Collins and CB Eli Apple can get passed their recent predicament, per NJ.com's Dan Duggan.
Collins and Apple went back and forth with comments directed at each other for the past couple weeks, with Collins ultimately calling Apple a "cancer" during a radio interview last week. However, despite all the bad blood between the two teammates, Rodgers-Cromartie belives the offseason will be a healant for their relationship.
"The offseason is long. You can put all of that behind you," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "You can talk about it, get on the phone with each other. Whatever you have, get away from it. I just think it's just this season, the atmosphere of being in this locker room, that's it. This offseason, I definitely think they'll gel back."
Collins and Apple -- along with interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo -- did sit down to hash things out after Collins made the cancer comment. He, then, issued a public apology, and it should mean a lot to Apple according to DRC.
"Any time a man can come back and apologize, whether it's sincere or not, it still means a lot," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "I definitely think that (Collins) was just caught off guard. Venting a little bit, you know? I don't think that Eli is a cancer."
Rodgers-Cromartie continued, saying the relationship can best be described as fighting between brothers.
"I just feel like it's like a little brother, big brother relationship," he said. "Sometimes you want to hit your little brother and say some things and he can get under your skin. But at the end of the day, I know it's love though because I've been around those guys the whole season. I think that anytime that you're out and you get caught off guard, you say some things that you may not mean. It's just caught up in the moment."
Despite Apple's tumultuous season on and off the field, he did receive support from co-owner John Mara, who made it known he wants the former first-round draft pick to be a part of the team's future. But that will ultimately be the Giants' new GM Dave Gettleman's call at the end of the day.
All Apple can do now is reflect on what went wrong this season, and correct things in hope he returns to New York for training camp.
"You got a whole offseason to think about it and reflect," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "I think he was a guy that's young and didn't know how to deal with a lot of stuff. But I think he has a tremendous upside and I think they should definitely give him another look."
In 11 games this season, Apple recorded 49 combined tackles, two fumble recoveries, and eight passes defended.