DeAndre Hopkins: Trump too closed-minded to listen to players

At least one player thinks President Donald Trump’s offer to listen to NFL players for advice on pardons wasn’t a sincere one.

Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins told TMZ that he didn’t buy it.

Of course, the reality is that Trump will continue to use the NFL as a punching bag, after NFL owners tried to appease him with a new anthem policy. Players who are on the field are now required to stand, though they have the option to remain in the locker room.

Today it will be made public, that a urine sample I provided to the NFL has resulted in a positive test of a banned substance under league policy with regards to Performance Enhancing Substances. It absolutely kills me that I allowed this to happen. It has always been a priority in my life to display a high level of leadership both on and off the field. I strive to be a person that people can look up to and strive to exemplify the definition of hard work. Unfortunately, I have made a mistake. A mistake that will not only have personal consequences, but will affect the Colts organization, an organization that I am extremely appreciative to be a part of. For that, I am truly sorry.

It is important to me to recognize those that may not be mentioned in the opening of this letter. I want to apologize to all the relationships that I have built over my life and professional career. To all the people and the communities that I love to share my time with, that are near and dear to me, my sincerest apology. I am hopeful that this one lapse in judgement will not damage my relationships with all of you.

Jameis Winston expected to be suspended by NFL

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on track to begin the regular season without their starting quarterback.

The NFL is expected to suspend Jameis Winston several games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday.

ESPN first reported the news.

I am supportive of the national movement to raise awareness and develop better responses to the concerns of parties who find themselves in these types of situations, but this accusation is false. While I am certain that I did not make any inappropriate contact, I don’t want to engage in a battle with the driver, and I regret if my demeanor or presence made her uncomfortable in any way.

The Buccaneers currently have four quarterbacks on the roster: Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Griffin and Austin Allen.

Lindley returned to the field last year in the CFL with the Ottawa Redblacks, completing 40 of 81 passes for 391 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Lindley has been working with college quarterbacks in the run up to the NFL Draft over the last few years, including Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Mitch Trubisky, C.J. Beathard and Luke Falk. Now he’ll put his coaching hat on full-time with the Aztecs.

Devin Mesoraco (R), 4 percent, New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (LHP Caleb Ferguson): Mesoraco has been scalding hot over the past week, batting.357/.471/.643. His.205 ISO is his best mark since his breakout 2014 season and ranks top-three among National League catchers (minimum 140 PAs). It’s hard to see the 30-year-old backstop being slowed down by Ferguson, who has allowed 10 runs in 10 2/3 big league innings.

Mitch Moreland (L), 46 percent, Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners (RHP Mike Leake): Moreland is flat-out mashing against right-handed pitching this season, putting up a.291/.365/.567 slash line. He’s been even more impressive at Fenway Park, where he’s batting.322/.392/.598. This is a tough draw for Leake, the owner of a 6.75 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in five career games against Boston.

The Yankees got a lot of good pitching in the nightcap, too.

Starter Sonny Gray (5-4) allowed just two runs over five-plus innings, then after he left a first-and-third, nobody-out mess in the sixth with the Yanks up a run, hot reliever Jonathan Holder came on to retire three in a row to put out the fire.

He sure did, and it was way gone for a two-run, walk-off homer. And just like that, the Yankees were 7-5 winners of a game in which they’d trailed 5-0 after 4 1/2 innings in front of another packed house at Yankee Stadium.

It’s huge, man, just to help us get a win and especially how we came back from 5-0, said Stanton, whose homer followed a two-out, nobody-on single by Didi Gregorius. It’s just huge.

Late Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green, who died of a heart attack at age 67 in July of 2016, will be inducted into the team’s ring of honor in September. Green, head coach of the Vikings from 1992-2001, was 101-70 (including playoffs) and won Sports Illustrated and Maxwell Club NFL Coach of the Year honors in 1998 as the conductor of one of the best offenses in league history. The Vikings established an NFL record that season with 556 points — 34.8 per game.

With the addition of the Bulls’ 2019 second-round pick, the Sixers currently possess four second-round picks next year: their own and picks from the Bucks and Kings.

As the Sixers wait to make their decision on their next general manager after the resignation of Bryan Colangelo, coach Brett Brown is acting as general manager in the interim.

Frankly, the slogan itself isn’t all that interesting. It’s pretty much the most Patriots-Belichick type of slogan ever, right up there with No days off. What is interesting — rather what will be interesting to watch — is if Patricia will succeed as his own head coach while borrowing from Belichick’s methods. Plenty of coaches have left New England and used Belichick’s unforgiving methods with their own teams.

Most have failed, especially in recent years. There was Josh McDaniels, who got off to a great 6-0 start with the Broncos before losing eight of the final 10 games of the season. He was eventually fired with a 11-17 record. There was Eric Mangini, who went 33-47 as the coach of the Jets and Browns. There was Romeo Crennel, who went 28-55 with the Browns and Chiefs.

Jets’ Sam Darnold highlights (and lowlights) from minicamp Day 2

The Jets this week are going through their three-day mandatory minicamp.

It is the only mandatory portion of their entire offseason program, and it runs from Tuesday through Thursday. After minicamp, the Jets aren’t back on the practice field until training camp begins in late July.

It’s not like you go, ‘Hey man, I’m going to become something different.’ No. I am what I am. I know my strengths. I’ve improved on some of the weaknesses. And I still think I want to go out there and compete and play with a bunch of 22-year-olds. It’s still a lot of fun.

Brady will be 41 years old in August. Only three quarterbacks have ever started at least 10 games after turning 41 (Brett Favre, Vinny Testaverde, Warren Moon, twice). None of their teams made the postseason.

Thomas, also an undrafted free agent, played with the Saints from 2007-14. He had 818 attempts for 3,745 yards and 28 touchdowns, adding 2,608 yards and 12 touchdowns on 327 receptions.

Saints Director of Photography Michael C. Hebert will receive the Joe Gemelli Fleur de Lis award for his contributions to the team.

The team will honor the three men during a September 14-16 celebration in conjunction with a home game against the Browns.

Darnold’s most mature, music-to-Jets-fans’-ears answer came when he was asked if he has started to feel a sense of respect from his teammates.

No, respect is earned when you do well in games and when you start playing well and winning games, he said. When I get a feel for that I’ll know. That’s when I think I’ll start to roll.

Lions add Sean McGrath, waive Wes Saxton

The group of players vying for tight end snaps at Lions training camp will include Sean McGrath.

Yes, it is prestigious, Wilkins, now 26, told The Post of cheering for the Cowboys. But at the end of the day, prestige doesn’t pay my rent. I can’t walk down to my leasing office and hand them my uniform for the month.

Now, Wilkins, whose career ended in August 2017, is suing the Cowboys organization for lost wages. In the suit, she claims that cheerleaders were paid less than the team’s mascot — a costumed cowboy called Rowdy, and played by a man who reportedly makes $65,000 a year plus commission. Cheerleaders, meanwhile, are paid $8 per hour for practices — just above minimum wage — and flat rates for games and appearances, such as calendar signings.

Alexander played three seasons at Virginia Tech before he was dismissed for academic reasons.

No players have been chosen in the supplemental draft since 2015.

The hype has hit overdrive for Kentucky freshman small forward Kevin Knox.

Kevin Knox Sr., Knox’s father and manager, told The Post he believes the Knicks are considering taking his son with the ninth pick in Thursday’s draft. According to an NBA source, Knox got the better of Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, another projected lottery pick, in their joint workout for the Knicks nine days ago.

He had a terrific workout, even kicked around Miles Bridges, who is a couple of years older than him, said the NBA source.

Knox, a 6-foot-9 shotmaker and the second youngest player in the draft (he’ll turn 19 in August), has seen his draft stock rocket since private workouts began.

Contacted by The Post on Monday, Knox’s father, a former NFL wide receiver, said he senses the Knicks are serious, judging by a phone call he received from general manager Scott Perry a few days after that killer workout. Knox admitted Perry’s call partly revolved around his son’s youth and whether he would fit into a locker room with significantly older players.

Browns star rips Kevin Durant for taking ‘easy way’ to NBA title and riding ‘coattails’

After watching Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors destroy the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA Finals earlier this month, it doesn’t sound like Myles Garrett came away very impressed. As far as Garrett’s concerned, the only reason the Warriors won the title this year is because they have Durant and the only reason they have Durant is because the former Oklahoma City star decided to take the easy way out and sign with the Warriors back in July 2016.

Despite the fact that his team went 0-16 last season, Garrett said he would never sign with another team just to ride their coattails to a championship, insinuating that’s what Durant did with Golden State. If I were him I would’ve never made a move like that in the first place, Garrett said. Me, I’m too competitive to try and ride on somebody’s coattails to get a W. The bad news for the rest of the NBA is that Durant is likely going to re-sign with the Warriors this summer. Not only has he publicly said that, but Warriors general manager Bob Myers has already said the team will give Durant whatever he wants to get him under contract. This time around, Garrett says it actually makes sense for Durant to sign a deal with Golden State.

For him, you might as well stay at the spot you’re at now, Garrett said. There’s no point in leaving since you’ve already taken that moniker where he’s been called the snake and cupcake and all that.

As explained by Andy Grimm of the Chicago Sun-Times, a 2017 lawsuit filed by a Packers fan who had purchased Bears season tickets could potentially open the door for a First Amendment-based attack on the anthem policy.

James, who can become a free agent at the end of the postseason, could be playing his last game in Cleveland. He is rumored to be interested in playing for the Philadelphia 76ers or the Los Angeles Lakers.

So this series is just about finished, or at least, that’s what the history books say. The 3-0 deficit has, until now, been insurmountable in NBA playoff annals. Not even the most optimistic Cleveland fan could expect that to change in the coming days.

I don’t have a choice, Crabtree said of being a leader. I’m going on 10 [years] in the game, and all these guys are three-, four-, first-year guys. That’s just my role. At the same time, I’m out there competing like I’m 21, so I’m going to have fun with it.

Gallagher on missed opportunity for White House, NFL players

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Wilcox was about to sign with the 49ers this week, but he backed out of the deal at the last minute and decided to sign with the Jets, according to ESPN.

Miles has been with the Jets since 2013, when they signed him as an undrafted rookie. He has played in 39 games, with five starts (four in 2016), while carving out a special teams role. He turns 30 in November.

Now he’s hoping for another chance, at a new position.

Adams has lost 68 pounds, from 323 to 255, and he’s hoping to get another chance to play in the NFL, as a tight end.

I want to give it another shot and get after it, Adams told the Rivalry podcast. I love the game. It’s what I want to do. It’s who I am.

Adams looks like he’s in very good shape, and he wrote on Twitter that it’s primarily about eating right.

Diet is key for the weight loss mixed with good ol hard work in the weight room and yoga studio to get cut up, Adams said.

Making it at a new position after a year out of football is a tall order, but he’s eager to show some team what the slimmed-down version of Mike Adams can do.

Bills TE Charles Clay has gone from Josh Allen’s fantasy team to his actual team.

Don’t assume Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake will be the starter.

After the offseason loss of Stephon Gilmore to the rival New England Patriots in free agency and the trade of 2015 second-round pick Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Buffalo Bills desperately needed Tre’Davious White, their rookie first-round pick, to hit in 2017. Luckily for them, White proved that his athleticism could immediately translate, and he quickly was one of the best cornerbacks in the league.

President Trump cancels White House invitation for Super Bowl champion Eagles

Less than 24 hours before President Trump was to welcome the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to the White House, he rescinded the invitation Monday evening.

Several members of the Eagles, including safety Malcolm Jenkins — one of the leaders of the Players Coalition — and defensive end Chris Long, said before Trump extended the invitation that they would not attend if invited.

The new rule defines a catch as having three parts: Control of the ball, two feet or another body part down, and making or having the ability to make a football move. It eliminates the need to complete the process of catching the ball.

Johnson, who set Lions records with 731 catches, 11,619 yards and 83 receiving touchdowns, joked that he wants a recount of the record book.

He didn’t answer, but when I saw him the next Monday, he was joking with me saying, ‘You were ready to kick my ass, huh, Donald?! You were mad as a mother——!’Gruden has maintained that drafting Miller had nothing to do with Penn. Donald has been a very good player for the Raiders, a guy that I coached in Tampa, know extremely well, but this has nothing to do with Donald Penn,Gruden said after Miller was selected. This is about the future of the Oakland Raiders, we have an outstanding young quarterback, we have a need at the position, and we’re very fortunate to address it, but it doesn’t really say anything to Donald Penn.

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But Miller and offensive tackle Brandon Parker, who the Raiders took in the third round this year gives the unit youth and depth. Penn understands this. I’m going to try and get those young guys right and take them under my wing,he said. …

Report: Marcus Davenport to have thumb surgery after minicamp

eagles_111Saints first-round pick Marcus Davenport is reportedly headed for surgery before his first NFL training camp.

Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate reports that Davenport hurt his thumb recently and needs to have it surgically repaired. The injury is not considered serious, a point that is reinforced by the fact that the young pass rusher will wait until after this week’s minicamp to have the operation.

Davenport is expected to be healed and ready to go when training camp gets underway this summer.

I looked at every pass he threw in the NFL out of a four-wide, a three-wide, out of an empty set, Jones said, and he threw the ball just like he did in college out of those. What the NFL did to him is put him in something he had never been in before. Never in high school, never in college, he had never run what he was asked to do. But when he was asked to do the things he had done, which is what he’ll be asked to do here, he looked like an All-Pro.

It’s not entirely clear what Jones wants, other than more. Though some think he’s not happy being the eighth highest-paid receiver in the NFL, the thing bugging him the most could be that quarterback Matt Ryan’s recent deal has a new-money average of $30 million per year, more than twice what Jones earns.

There’s a wild card in this equation, which per a league source has gotten the team’s attention. Jones has been working out with Terrell Owens, who wasn’t afraid to do what he had to do to get fairly compensated. Most recently, the duo was spotted in L.A., catching passes from new USC quarterback J.T. Daniels.

While Jones has been, from a personality standpoint, the exact opposite of T.O., they have three important things in common: They have off-the-charts God-given skills, Hall of Fame-caliber work ethics, and they both went through periods of being woefully underpaid. Owens dealt with his situation one way, Jones is dealing with his a different way.

Still, it’s out of character for Jones to skip practice, even if it’s voluntary. Come Tuesday, we’ll find out whether this mid-career curveball will include staying away from practices he’s contractually required to attend.

Bills wide receiver Zay Jones undergoes knee surgery

Zay Jones will be missing in action for the rest of his team’s spring practices.

The Bills wide receiver underwent knee surgery last week and will be sidelined several weeks as he recovers, coach Sean McDermott announced Thursday.

For what it’s worth, Henry reported for workouts when he was done doing something that was nobody’s business but his own. Believe it or not, he showed up in great shape. At the end of the season, he played a big role in the Titans’ wild-card playoff win over the Chiefs.

“There is no problem with Derrick,” his position coach Sylvester Croom said after Henry eventually reported, according to the Titans website. “The guy was in school, he is here now, and he is working. So we are moving forward from there.”

NFL teams, players and coaches alike should have moved forward from this entire mindset long ago.

“The real reason I haven’t signed is because I’ve contemplated retiring,” Galette said.

Galette spent last season with the Redskins. He recorded 20 tackles and three sacks in 16 games.

On Thursday, Patricia said the indictment “never came up, it was never asked, it was never an issue” and has “never been part of any process I’ve been involved with before,” including with the Lions. The team, from the owner down, said it never came up, in their background checks or their interview, from them or from him. Belichick released a statement echoing the same about his Patriots tenure.

Never came up. A felony indictment. In which, to be crystal clear, the charges were dropped. This is not about his guilt or innocence — at least not right now.

But understand, this was a grand jury indictment of a man who subsequently coached at a high school, three universities and the defining dynasty of this era in the NFL. And who had moved up the ladder from outside the sport’s normal job pipelines — as an engineer at an air and filtration company, which would seemingly demand an extra level of check into who this guy was and where he came from.ravens_177