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  • Giants trade cornerback Eli Apple to New Orleans Saints

, FILE- In this Aug. 2, 2018, file photo, New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple works out during NFL football training camp in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants traded Apple to the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, Oct. 23. 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

23 of October 2018 18:28:17

The New York Giants have traded cornerback Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints for two draft picks.

In exchange for the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft, the teams announced the Giants will receive a fourth-round pick in 2019 and a seventh-rounder in 2020.

Apple has 23 tackles and a forced fumble. He also recovered a fumble in the Giants' 23-20 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta on Monday night.

The NFL's trade deadline is Oct. 30 at 4 p.m.

The move marks the second time in a week the Giants (1-6) have parted ways with a recent first-round draft pick. Last week, they waived tackle Ereck Flowers, their 2105 top pick. He was signed by Jacksonville.

The Saints have struggled on pass defense all season. They are 5-1 and in first place in the NFC South in large part to the play of Drew Brees and the offense.

New Orleans will face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night in a matchup of first-place teams.

This was somewhat of a make-or-break season for Apple. He had a bad year in 2017 and was called a cancer by safety Landon Collins because of his attitude. He was inactive for four games and suspended for the season finale.

The South Jersey native came back this season and was all business. He has shown flashes of being a good cornerback but at times has not made plays. His holding penalty on a third-down play cost the Giants a chance to get off the field with Atlanta pinned near its goal line.

In his three seasons with the Giants, Apple played in 30 regular-season games with 23 starts. He had 120 tackles (102 solo), one interception, 20 passes defensed, one forced fumble and five fumble recoveries, as well as two stops and one fumble recovery on special teams.

Apple started 27 games for Ohio State from 2014-15. He finished his college career with 86 tackles, four interceptions and 22 passes defensed. He was a college teammate of three current Saints: safety Vonn Bell, cornerback Marshon Lattimore and receiver Michael Thomas.

New Orleans has been ranked near the bottom of the league in pass defense. The pass defense gave up late touchdowns against Cleveland in Week 2 and Baltimore on Sunday and hung on for wins on missed point-after kicks.

The Saints lost top nickel back Patrick Robinson after three games because of an ankle injury. The veteran had joined the team as a free agent after a year in Philadelphia.

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