3. Eli Apple
Wipe that smug grin off your face, Eli.
Universally hated cornerback Eli Apple landed on the Cincinnati Bengals in 2021, and he’ll be the first to tell you his team reached the Super Bowl last season. Apple can’t keep his mouth shut to save his life, and he’s arguably the player Saints fans hate the most in recent history.
In 2021, Apple put together a respectable campaign, recording two interceptions and even making a few game-changing plays in the playoffs, but that’s really not what the Saints are peeved about.
Last season, the controversial corner launched a tirade against NOLA for absolutely no reason, slamming the city of New Orleans along with its beloved Bayou cuisine. Saints fans responded in a very proportionate way by tearing him apart after his Super Bowl gaffes, but this chapter ain’t closed. Apple still needs to get what’s coming for him.
The Saints play the Bengals at home in 2022, and they’ll be looking to make Apple regret ever speaking ill of the organization and the city. NOLA has done nothing to him — literally, nothing — other than opt not to re-sign him back in 2019.
In 2022, the Saints can boast one of the best secondaries in the league with the likes of Marshon Lattimore, Ceedy Duce, P.J. Williams, and newly minted Marcus Maye. What better way to flip the bird at Apple than to prove they don’t need him? We’re hoping for a shut-out against Cincy, though it won’t be easy against Joe Burrow and his offensive firepower.
On the other hand, the Saints could also embarrass him on-field by pairing Michael Thomas with Apple. With Thomas’ blazing-fast speed and skills, Apple may not want to eat New Orleans food, but he sure will eat shit trying to catch up to the former OPOY.