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Eli Apple had a superb game against the Raiders, per PFF

Who could’ve seen this coming?

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Last week, I wrote that Eli Apple deserves more respect. The man isn’t a star, but he has made incremental improvement this year.

The article was... not received well.

Apple, who apparently peruses this site, then did me a solid by going out and having his best game yet.

According to Pro Football Focus, against the Las Vegas Raiders, the sixth-year corner played 30 coverage snaps (tied for the team high), was targeted three times, and only surrendered 27 yards. Derek Carr’s passer rating when targeting Apple was 55.6, lower than his rating when targeting any other starting member of the secondary.

His overall play earned the cornerback a grade of 87.1, second best on the defense.

Oh, and Apple also had the game-sealing interception.

That was a powerful moment for the team, knowing how much the former Ohio State Buckeye has been waiting for his shot at redemption after failing to live up to his billing as a first round pick in the 2016 Draft.

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