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Free-agent CB Eli Apple has reportedly signed a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
Apple played in two games for Carolina before being released due to injury for the remainder of the 2020 season. As a former first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Apple totaled 107 tackles, 20 pass deflections, two forced fumbles, and an interception in three seasons for the New York Giants. He also recorded over 100 tackles and two interceptions in New Orleans during the 2018 and 2019 seasons before finding himself released from the Panthers. Apple appears to be the latest addition to a Bengals' defense that has undergone some changes this offseason and will look to utilize the athletic ranginess of the 25-year old cornerback alongside Bengals CB Trae Waynes and CB Chidobe Awuzie in 2021.
The Carolina Panthers have released CB Eli Apple on Tuesday.
Apple, the former 10th overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft, Has never really been the difference-maker he was thought of when coming out of Ohio State. He's battled injuries since being signed by Carolina in May and was active for only the second time this season this past Sunday against his former team the Saints. Despite the notion that they were in the midst of a total rebuild, the Carolina D/ST has played admirably but should not be started in most fantasy leagues.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Panthers CB Eli Apple (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 7.
Apple is in line to play this week. His return will only help a Panthers defense that is playing incredibly well against the pass despite being repeatedly gashed by enemy rushers.
Panthers CB Eli Apple (hamstring) has been ruled out for the team's Week 5 game against the Falcons.
It's a blow to Carolina's secondary, who will now have to cover Calvin Ridley and possibly Julio Jones without him. The good news for the Panthers is that LT Russell Okung is expected to play.
Eli Apple has been activated from IR and will make his debut with the Panthers in Sunday's matchup against the Cardinals.
Apple was placed on IR prior to the season starting and will finally get a chance to make an impact with his third team since being selected 10th overall in 2016.