The physical challenge is not what threatens to short-circuit Apple’s career. Jerry Reese, the general manager who picked Apple No. 10 overall in 2016, is gone. Ben McAdoo, the novice head coach who ultimately could not get through to Apple, is gone. Apple remains and the Giants need him to evolve into a solid starter, and that can only happen if his head is clear and screwed on straight.
I think I can be a great Pro Bowl player, he said. It’s just about every day going about my business and being a great player every day and being consistent.
It’s impossible to say whether the Browns would have turned elsewhere with their No. 1 pick if the Foles trade had panned out, as they may have still seen Mayfield as their quarterback of the future. But failing to add Foles to the mix makes the Browns’ depth chart of Taylor, Mayfield and Drew Stanton much less intimidating.
Adding insult to injury would be if the Eagles decide to trade the 29-year-old Foles either before the season or at the Oct. 31 trade deadline, especially if Wentz returns to Pro Bowl form.
It wouldn’t be the first time the Browns missed out on trading for a starting quarterback after they infamously failed to land AJ McCarron from the Bengals at last year’s trade deadline because of a paperwork snafu.
The NFL has passed a new rule for this season that says any player who initiates contact with his helmet is subject to ejection after an in-game video review that will be decided in New York.
Al Riveron, the league’s head of officiating, said a foul can be called regardless of where on the body — not just the head or neck area — that one player hits another with his helmet. The rule is not position-specific, so offensive players will be subject to the same criteria as defensive players.
This is about eliminating unnecessary use of the helmet, Riveron said Tuesday at the NFL spring meetings.
If a player is ejected, Riveron and his staff in New York will use network camera angles to determine if the ejection is necessary. He promised that games will not become an ejection fest every week.