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John Sigler

Ex-Saints WR Brandon Marshall says Eli Apple has the same flaws that got him beat in 2018

It’s not often you see a couple of former New Orleans Saints players trading barbs with each other, but Eli Apple didn’t exactly leave town with many allies in the building (or packing the stands at the Caesars Superdome). Neither did Brandon Marshall, who flamed out in New Orleans after a month on the scout team before going on to criticize the Saints and then-head coach Sean Payton in his fledgling media career.

These days Apple is getting roasted, grilled, fried, barbecued, and cooked in all manner of other ways by Miami Dolphins wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. And Marshall sees him committing the same flawed coverage techniques he says he warned Apple about when they were teammates back in 2018.

In one video clip shared from Dolphins training camp, Apple can be seen failing to get hands on Hill off the line of scrimmage and trailing the receiver behind as Hill works towards the sideline; Apple was a step slow and unable to recover in time to fight Hill at the catch point, allowing a too-easy completion into his coverage. It’s par for the course with him, though, and whatever lessons Marshall may have once tried to teach him didn’t take (to say nothing of a Saints coaching staff that’s developed many starting-caliber defensive backs).

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