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Eli Apple Suffers Ankle Injury in Preseason Game vs. Jets

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2017

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04:  Eli Apple #24 of the New York Giants in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 4, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Giants 24-14.  (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)
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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple suffered an ankle injury Saturday night against the New York Jets and was ruled out for the remainder of the game, according to the team's official Twitter account.

The 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft had an up-and-down rookie year, appearing in 14 games with 11 starts while making 49 tackles.

Apple grabbed only one interception and was inconsistent in coverage, contributing to a pass defense that ranked just 23rd in the NFL. He also missed time due to injuries to both his hamstring and his groin.

He sought to improve his performance during the offseason, bulking up while also adding speed, per Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News.

Apple has a chance to develop into a shutdown corner at this level, although the latest injury could be a setback for the 22-year-old.

New York fortunately has solid depth in the secondary to overcome a potential extended absence. Veterans Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie should be able to handle starting duties on the perimeter.

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