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Eli Apple has a new look for a new Giants season

Giants cornerback Eli Apple speaks to the media

Giants cornerback Eli Apple speaks to the media during training camp on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Credit: Brad Penner

Eli Apple showed up at his second NFL training camp and joked that he had to go through the ritual usually reserved for rookies.

“I came in with a new look,” the Giants’ projected starting cornerback said on Thursday. “Guys just kind of looked at me and didn’t recognize me at first. I had to introduce myself all over again.”

Apple trimmed his hair, a noticeable change from his rookie season. Now he is cropped tightly. He said teammates have been giving him a hard time, slapping his head.

His motive, he said, was to mark a difference between his rookie season and his second time through the NFL.

“I want to start out fresh,” he said of the decision. “It’s been a while. I haven’t had this since last time we won a championship at Ohio State.”

That was the 2014 season. Maybe the new look will bring similar results to the Giants.

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