When asked about which changes should be made to the defensive backfield next season, Collins said the following during his interview on The Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN New York:
"There's only just one corner that ... needs to grow, and we all know who that is," Collins said. "That would be the only person I would change out of our secondary group. Besides, the other two guys, (Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie) and (Janoris Jenkins), I love those two guys. They play hard. They love what they do.
"But that first pick ... he's a cancer."
Apple, who was the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft, did not play a single defensive snap in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He has found himself inactive multiple times this season and come under fire for using Twitter during a game on Dec. 10.
Per NJ.com, Apple was benched for the first three series in the team's fifth game of the season against the Los Angeles Chargers, reportedly for talking back to a coach at practice. Also, Apple threatened to leave the facility after being targeted in film review by teammates following his effort in a game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 9.
Collins has said that he offered support of Apple throughout the season, a notion that Apple dismissed the following day by telling reporters that he hadn't spoken to Collins. With the implication that he was a liar, Collins reportedly had to be restrained by his teammates from going after Apple, per NJ.com.