Pat Shurmur on Eli Apple: We all know we need to get better
Among the many negative turns that contributed to a miserable 2017 for the Giants was the one taken by cornerback Eli Apple.
The 2016 first-round pick didn’t play well and his off-field behavior caused problems throughout the year before Apple was suspended by the team for the final game of the regular season. That led some to wonder if the Giants would part ways with Apple before the 2018 season, but the message from the new regime has been about a fresh start.
This will frustrate many Giants fans, but the anticipation is left tackle Ereck Flowers will return and start at one of the tackle spots. Brett Jones, a restricted free agent, will be tendered and the favorite to retain his starting center job. All other spots on the line are up for grabs. Gettleman recently resigned John Greco, a veteran guard picked up by the Giants in mid-November.
What the Giants need most of all is an offensive tackle, either to supplant Flowers at left tackle or to start at right tackle. Alas, the available talent at tackle is not strong. Nate Solder of the Patriots is 29 and coming off a subpar season, yet he will command big bucks probably too big for the Giants to consider.
There are decisions you make in free agency, and I kind of like the way it plays out, new head coach Pat Shurmur said. You pick a couple of guys that you add to your team, and you use the draft to supplement that. A lot of attention has been given to the offensive line, but we have to get better at all the groups. Some of it means the guys who are there have to play better and some of it means we’re going to add some new faces to each group. That’s just the reality of it.
We’re always looking to create new and different things for the industry, said Mark King, adidas North America president. With Pacific Pro Football, we’re doing something that’s never been done before. We’re providing innovative opportunities for aspiring professional athletes and creating new avenues for them to reach the pros. Together we’re shaping the future of the sport. This is a future we believe in, and we’re excited to help create it.
Yee represents Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but the players in the Pacific Pro League will be significantly less established. The Pacific Pro League is specifically designed to challenge college football by signing players who aren’t yet eligible for the NFL draft.
The league says it can offer players $50,000 salaries, which might entice some players to leave the NCAA behind. Getting sponsors like adidas may help the league pay those salaries.
With an eye on player safety, the Alliance also will eliminate kickoffs. There is a unique plan for onside kicks, with the team wanting to try one instead taking possession at its 35 yard-line on a fourth-and-10 to try one play to keep the ball.