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APPLE SLICE

Collins says time for Giants to cut malignant Eli

- SCHWARTZ, CANNIZZARO

The Landon Collins/Eli Apple rift may have crossed a line Tuesday that can’t be uncrossed as Collins, in a radio interview, ripped into the underachie­ving second-yyear cornerback. Collins, refusing to use Apple’s name, made it clear Apple has worn out his welcome.

There’s one corner who needs to grow up, and we all know who that is. ... That first pick, he’s a CANCER .

Eli Manning is always so wellprepar­ed, but not this time. This is all new to him, and he admits he does not know much about what comes next.

“This is all kinda new for me,’’ Manning said Tuesday on his weekly WFAN spot. “I don’t know what the rules and what the timetables are. I think in March there is some stuff, some decisions that might be made.’’

Well, yes. If Manning is on the Giants’ roster on March 15, he receives a bonus of $5 million. His future with the only NFL team he has ever played for will come before that. The Giants must hire a new general manager and head coach and then turn their attention to what becomes of their franchise quarterbac­k, who might be playing his final game in a Giants uniform Sunday in the season finale against the Redskins.

“I just don’t know,’’ Manning said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, I don’t think anyone does. Obviously there are going to be some changes next year, new GM, you don’t know who the head coach is going to be and what’s gonna happen there. My thoughts is try to finish the season, prepare this week, practice hard, try to go out there and play to the best of my ability and give it my all and the next few months will tell what’s in the future.’’

The Giants will have the No. 2 or No. 3 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and likely will use it to take a quarterbac­k. Manning the Mentor is not something he envisions as a good fit for him.

“I want to play,’’ Manning said. “I think I can still play and I want to play. I understand, whether they think Davis Webb is the quarterbac­k or they get a quarterbac­k and there’s competitio­n, I can compete, I don’t mind competitio­n. I think that’s always part of it, you’re trying to compete for the starting job and get better. I do want to play, I don’t know how many more years I do have but I do think I can play at a high level and while I can I want to be out there.’’

Despite the record — the Giants have never before lost 13 games in a season — Manning remains positive.

“It may be hard to realize or say it but I don’t the Giants are far off,’’ he said.

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