Apple also had locker room issues in NY (got blasted by Landon Collins IIRC). He will also help us win a SB. He is a former Giant. He does play defense while Dez is on offense, but by my counting, Eli checks more boxes on the Shockey similarity meter. Not that it matters because we still end up with a Lombardi regardless.
The main difference to me is the expectation on both players.
When we traded for Shockey we were still looking for a solid Identity in a way. Shockey was supposed to be a difference maker in the offense.
Dez really doesn't carry that weight coming in. Dez will only be required to be productive. A few first downs a game or red zone targets is all we really need from him to make us unstoppable. The infrastructure of a potentially all time great Saints team is already in place.
That is why I love the Dez signing. We had a hole in the offense that Dez is tailor made to fill
And if he can't live up to those expectations then we still have the the greatest QB and WR seasons in team history with Kamara having an incredible year