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Bobby Hebert: New Saint Eli won't be bad Apple in Big Easy

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The Saints front office pulled the trigger Tuesday on acquiring a new coverman for the defense… just not the cornerback who had been the center of speculation for the better part of a week. With the Arizona Cardinals still reticent to deal Patrick Peterson, the Saints traded for third-year corner Eli Apple, transplanting him from the Big Apple to the Big Easy for a pair of draft picks – a 2019 fourth-rounder and a 2020 seventh-rounder.

Apple was a 2016 first-round pick by the G-Men who had some disagreements with the team off-the-field last season, but as WWL Radio’s Bobby Hebert pointed out on “Sports Talk,” Apple will be among a support system of familiar faces in New Orleans. Apple played his college ball at Ohio State, where he teamed with Saints defenders Marshon Lattimore and Vonn Bell in the Buckeye secondary.

“He’ll be coming here with some Ohio State teammates he’s familiar with, so I think that comes into play,” Hebert said. “You’re basically getting a first-round talent. You look at his measurable, that’s what they’re looking for. 6’1” basically 200-pound cornerback. Has a lot of ability.”

Hebert went on to say that the past couple of years’ worth of roster decisions has earned the Saints’ staff some leeway to let this move play out.

“I would still say trust Sean Payton,” Hebert said. “I think Sean would really pay attention and he would think Eli Apple could help us.”

The hope, of course, is he’ll shore up the Fleur De Lis D’s lagging pass coverage. The Saints hit the road for the fourth time in five games this Sunday night to face the Vikings in Minneapolis.

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