2 huge reasons the Saints must bring back Eli Apple

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The Potential is Still There

Although Eli Apple hasn’t truly lived up to expectations after being a first-round draft pick four years ago, most agree that the potential is still there. He’s shown flashes throughout his career.

From weeks 1-12 last season, Apple was targeted 46 times and allowed just 25 catches. That type of production warrants a long-term deal, the only problem is he did a complete 180 down the stretch.

From weeks 13-16, Apple allowed 18 catches on 22 targets while giving up a passer rating of 113.3 when targeted. It was a night and day difference.

Given the circumstances and how Apple’s career has unfolded, 2020 may be his last chance to prove he can play at a high level for an entire season. If he’s ever going to reach that potential consistently, we’ll more than likely see it start to materialize this year.

There’s no excuses for Apple anymore. We’ll surely see what he’s made of this season, whether it’s with the Saints or not.