That would point to being back in the doghouse, if he ever left it, and Giants safety Landon Collins had harsh words regarding Apple during a Tuesday radio interview with Bob Wischusen on 98.7 FM ESPN Radio in NY.
Previously, Apple had been benched by the team for multiple games and drew criticism for an apparent lack of effort during a game against the San Francisco 49ers.
The feud between the two teammates began to boil after Collins said he had spoken to Apple over the course of the season about his attitude following a loss to the Cowboys, in which Apple retweeted a Twitter account celebrating Rod Smith icing the Giants with an 81-yard touchdown.
Those are some strong comments, but they're also somewhat understandable considering the criticism Apple's play has taken this season. The other two guys - DRC and Jackrabbit - I love those two guys.
That doesn't mean Collins' sentiment regarding Apple was off base. NY is in the process of interviewing general manager candidates following the firing of Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo on December 4.
Typically, it doesn't make sense to label someone a bust after just two seasons, but Eli Apple's first pair of National Football League campaigns have been anything but business as usual.
That's a far different tone than the one Collins has used toward Apple in the past two weeks.
"That first-round pick. he's a cancer", Collins said. They play hard; they love what they do. NJ.com detailed off-the-field issues with his family that could be affecting Apple, including his mother and step-father's divorce.
The New York Post reported last month that Apple almost left the team facility after he was criticized for making bad plays during a film session. After that meeting, Collins offered up a public apology.
"Look, we're all grown men in there", Collins said.