Running the ball well opened up the play-action pass, which allowed Smith to chuck the ball downfield and hit home runs, something he hadn’t done in previous seasons. He took advantage of the aggressiveness of defenses playing the run, which isn’t the case anymore with the decreasing success running the ball.
Spagnuolo said he knew only that Apple had tweeted during the game, not the contents of the tweet. Veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie wasn’t aware of the situation until he was asked about it by the media on Monday.
“I didn’t know about it. He tweeted during the game. What did he say?” Rodgers-Cromartie asked. “Pshhh. That is a tough one there. I don’t know. They probably have that kind of connection. But to do it during the game, that is probably bad timing.”
It has been a tumultuous season for Apple, the second-year cornerback who started the Giants’ first three games this season. He was originally benched for reportedly having a shouting match with his position coach. Apple also had to miss a couple of days of practice as he dealt with a personal issue related to the health of a family member.
“He needs to go out and make plays for the football team, create separation for the quarterback so the quarterback feels comfortable letting the ball go and be a steadying influence among that group as we go forward, and I think he can do that,” Jackson told reporters via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
“He has to go do it – he knows it – on a consistent basis. It’s a one week opportunity. Here is his resume this weekend. We’ll go from there and keep moving forward.”
However, after being sent home for the game, Britt never improved on the field. After catching eight balls through his first four games, he caught 10 in his final five. Britt had signed a four-year, $32.5 million deal prior to the start of the 2017 season.