The All-Pro has been watching you—on film, in OTAs—and he’s convinced you’re next.

The All-Pro DB, starting fresh with the 49ers after seven stellar seasons in Seattle, summoned the best at his position to study film and share trade secrets. Plus, unexpected fan reaction to a week of really bad NFL news, a shot at a preseason power ranking and more with training camps on the horizon

This self-styled cornerback academy was an attempt to take a page from Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals receiver who for years has hosted offseason workouts with dozens of receivers across the league. About 10 of the top cornerbacks in the NFL were invited to the first get-together at Stanford, with several citing scheduling conflicts and pledging to make the trip next year.

Our takeaway from Thursday’s news was that Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for three games, and that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be Tampa Bay’s quarterback for almost a quarter of this season. Next in the stick-to-sports playbook is to pivot toward Winston’s future, and we’ll get to that, because that’s what we’re supposed to do. But before we do, here’s what you missed from a pair of air-tight, spit-shined-by-a-lawyer statements released by the NFL and Winston. Here’s what they assume you slept through:

After an investigation prompted by a Buzzfeed News report, the NFL determined that Kate, an Uber driver from Scottsdale, Ariz., was consistent and credible in her recollection of the incident. She alleged in 2017 that the Buccaneers quarterback was shouting homophobic slurs at pedestrians and, in the drive-through of a Mexican restaurant, reached over and … just grabbed [her] crotch. The NFL said the investigation had concluded that Winston violated the personal conduct policy by touching the driver in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent and that disciplinary action was necessary and appropriate.

Teams with potential interest: Chiefs, Redskins, Colts, Saints, and Jets

Scouting report: Bryant started at safety during his redshirt freshman season at Mississippi State and was a key member of the defense throughout his college career. An aggressive tackler who is best in short-area and in zone coverage, Bryant is limited vertically in coverage and does not play with great hip control after leaving his pedal. He is a consistent tackler who likely will have a role or at least an opportunity for a role on special teams in the NFL. At his Pro Day, Bryant posted a 4.45 40-yard dash, a 34-inch vertical and a 10’3 broad jump at 5-11, 207 pounds. He previously has been clocked in the 4.3s in the 40 and was known in the football program as one of if not the best athlete on the team.

But the tradeoff to this sound strategy is that relievers, well, almost two-thirds of the closers lose their jobs over the course of a single season, so you can imagine what it’s like further down the assembly line. Relievers are like slices of buttered bread constantly falling off tables, and it’s anybody’s guess whether they’ll land with the butter side up. When they do, you’re in the playoffs. When they don’t, for whatever reason — small-sample flukes, a few weeks of wildness, an unexpected injury, an expected injury, age-related velocity declines, loss of feel for one pitch or the fact that if they’re relievers they maybe weren’t that good to begin with — you’ve got a carpet covered in butter at the worst possible time.

Defensively, however, with the Bears trending in the right direction in their base 3-4, Vic Fangio was retained to oversee a talented, mostly young unit that continues to grow. But the defense also got a key addition who can help take it to another level.

Here are the most notable changes that blew threw Chicago in the offseason as it tries to become a force in the NFC North.

In advance of our filing today, we proposed to the NFL to begin confidential discussions with the NFLPA Executive Committee to find a solution to this issue instead of immediately proceeding with litigation. The NFL has agreed to proceed with those discussions and we look forward to starting them soon.

The statement says that the sides will try to arrive at a solution, via negotiations, before the grievance lands in court.

However, the issue appears on the cusp of bubbling into a third consecutive season, dating to the 2016 preseason, when then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem to protest social injustice and racial prejudice in America.

Jake Marisnick had a potential run-scoring extra-base hit tracked down in deep center by Smith with two outs in the fifth.

Smith’s homer was his first since last July 21, ending a 356 at-bat drought.

I’m not worried about hitting home runs, the speedy Smith said with a smile. I like to steal bases. Can’t steal bases when you hit homers.

Astros: Gurriel returned after three days on the paternity list. . Reliever Joe Smith (right elbow soreness) could be back Tuesday.

I love his demeanor on the mound: no nonsense, no messing around, said former Yankees pitcher and current YES Network analyst David Cone, who struck out 222 batters as a Bronx Bomber in 1997. Of course, his fastball’s great. Everything’s off of that.

Severino’s fastball has been so overpowering so deep into games that no starting pitcher has come close to matching it. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Severino has thrown a major-league-leading 527 pitches of 98 mph or faster. Mets ace Noah Syndergaard’s 285 are a distant second. Severino also has thrown 44 pitches of 100 mph or faster, with 12 of them coming Tuesday.

Weighted on-base average (wOBA) is the primary statistic used in the calculation. Ratings range from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst. For example, a 10 is a must-start rating, while a 1 should be avoided (if possible); a 1-2 is poor, 3-4 is fair, 5-6 is average, 7-8 is very good and 9-10 is excellent.Snell, Rays beat Astros 3-2 to wrap impressive homestand

[I’m seeing] some funny swings, really out-in-front and lunging type swings. That shows me that the hitters just aren’t picking it up. It’s got a little different spin, a little different look to it. The key to me is if he can get side-to-side and downward tilt. He’s starting to get that. Last year, it was more side-to-side, and now he’s getting a little bit of both. That’s the one you want.

The Mets have never really talked about the deal, but it is well known that their owners, the Wilpons, had many accounts with investor Bernie Madoff. Madoff was returning 12 to 15 percent a year in what we now know were fictional returns. So deferring deals wasn’t a problem because the payout would occur years later and the interest rate would be lower than the money they were (fictionally) getting back from Madoff.

The leader of the Seattle defense won’t be participating in team activities.

The impasse between Earl Thomas and the Seahawks over his contract has gotten worse, and on Sunday morning the defensive back announced on Twitter that he was going to hold out.

Thomas is entering the final year of a four-year, $40 million contract he signed in 2015 — and it’s led to a difficult position for both sides. The Seahawks are in dire need of Thomas to anchor their defense, especially following the release of Richard Sherman and trade of Michael Bennett. However, Thomas is seeking one more long-term contract, and he’ll be 30 before the season begins. Nobody can blame the team for not thinking about their future and the danger of tying up too much cap space in an aging safety, should his level of play diminish in upcoming years.

In this stretch of a hypothetical, yep! The odds this would have all unfolded the way it did in one specific alternate universe are slim, but you can derive the logic behind each of these changes. The 2010-12 Bills were a ferris wheel of unfortunate quarterbacking, so it makes sense Brown’s leap would be delayed from his sophomore NFL season to a later date. The Patriots love stealing underappreciated skill players from divisionional rivals, so it makes sense they’d take a low-risk, high-reward gamble on Brown.

About a month into the 2016 season, Luck had consistently appeared on the injury report as a limited participant, typically on Thursdays. But the team continued to brush off concerns.

There isn’t some kind of chronic shoulder injury or anything like that, I promise you, Irsay told the Indianapolis Star before a Week 4 game in London. There are no surgeries planned. He is fine and the shoulder is something that just disappears into the woodwork when he wins his next MVP or when he wins a Super Bowl.

Luck played in 15 games that season, only missing one in November due to a concussion. Despite being on the injury report on a weekly basis, Luck completed a career-best 63.5 percent of his passes with 31 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a 96.4 passer rating that was No. 9 in the NFL among starting quarterbacks.

With the injury never really slowing Luck or keeping him out of action, the quick surgery to repair the problem shortly after the end of the 2016 season didn’t raise many red flags. It wasn’t until the beginning of training camp that concern crept in.

Julian Edelman to miss AFC title game rematch, Matt Patricia reunion

When Matt Patricia was the defensive coordinator of the Patriots, he saw a lot of wide receiver Julian Edelman.

Patricia, who became the head coach in Detroit this offseason, won’t be seeing any of Edelman when the Patriots pay his new team a visit in September. With the NFL upholding Edelman’s four-game suspension on Tuesday, we now know for sure that he will be out of the lineup for New England’s Week Three Sunday night game against the Lions.

Edelman will also miss a Week Two trip to Jacksonville for a rematch of the two teams that took place in the AFC title game last season. Edelman didn’t play in that game either as he was rehabbing a torn ACL while Danny Amendola scored two touchdowns and Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 100 yards.

The Blues gave up quite a few assets in trading for the Sabres’ talented center. How did St. Louis end up getting the better of this deal?

Making drastic changes was also the theme in Buffalo, where general manager Jason Botterill continued shuffling the under-performing roster of a team that finished last in the standings for the third time in five years.

We had to change the dynamic, Botterill said. The bottom line was there’s a lot of great people in that locker room, but when you finish 31st, you have to look to make changes.

It worked out, allowing him to pick his team.

Collins looked at the Bills and Dolphins but signed a three-year deal worth a fully guaranteed $1.7 million with the Cowboys three days after going undrafted. He already has signed a two-year extension that keeps him in Dallas through 2019.

His three seasons with the Cowboys, which includes 30 starts, have exceeded expectations.

Honestly, it’s that times 10, Collins said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. I never knew what it was like being a Cowboy. Now that I’m going into my fourth year, I really understand what it’s like, and it’s great. I think about it all over again, and I would have come here every time. It’s been a blessing. Just looking forward to the future and what it holds for us.

Collins began his pro career at left guard before moving to right tackle last season when Doug Free retired.

Gray has been like Jekyll and Hyde when it comes to pitching at home and on the road.

Later Sunday, Dallas added more depth at center by bringing back Salah Mejri on a deal for the veteran’s minimum.

By spending most of their cap space on Jordan, the Mavericks are forgoing the opportunity to sign other free agents to favorable long-term deals in a year when few other teams have more than the non-taxpayer midlevel exception to spend. However, I’m not sure which youngish free agents would have been a good long-term fit alongside Dallas’ young backcourt of Dennis Smith Jr. and No. 3 overall pick Luka Doncic, so I think waiting for next summer — when the Mavericks could create more than $50 million in cap space — is a reasonable decision.

With Jordan and Mejri, plus incumbent Dwight Powell and a (presumably) re-signed Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks will have a crowded depth chart in the middle.

Signing Robinson does likely consign Detroit to minimum offers the rest of free agency. Assuming the Pistons sign both of their second-round picks (Bruce Brown and Khyri Thomas) to minimum contracts, they’ll have just enough left to fill out the roster with two more players at the minimum and stay under the luxury-tax line. Those spots could go to Dwight Buycks and Eric Moreland, who both have nonguaranteed 2018-19 salaries, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see one or both cut loose.

He was a lot more assertive, a lot more aggressive with his fastball and challenging the strike zone with it, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. We saw a number of really good breaking balls. We saw some good changeups. When he got in some putaway counts, I felt like he did a better job of making it look like a strike out of the hand, which is something you’ve got to be better at here in the big leagues.

Monday will be the 30th regular-season meeting between the teams, who met in the 1996 and 1999 World Series. The Yankees are 17-12 all-time against the Braves.LeBron James speaks with Cavs GM Koby Altman as free agency opens

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman spoke to both LeBron James and his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, over the phone when NBA free agency officially opened at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, sources told ESPN.

Mark Herzlich plans to attend chemo session with Dave Gettleman

eagles_031Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman announced last week that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma and is determining a course of treatment to deal with the disease.

OBJ will attend mandatory minicamp, but will he practice?

I agree with the Eagles, totally, 100 percent, Bradshaw said. Trump just needs to . . . go somewhere and enjoy the money he’s got.

Bradshaw then specifically complained about the tactic deployed by FOX News, which used images of Eagles kneeling in pregame prayer to suggest that they were kneeling during the anthem.

You know what’s so bad about that whole event was how they were portrayed as protesting, kneeling during the national anthem? They were praying. That is just wrong. . . . Listen, First Amendment rights, I totally believe in them. (FOX News previously apologized for creating the impression that Eagles players were kneeling during the anthem.)

At a time when the NFL has been running scared regarding this issue, avoiding anything and everything that may spark a negative comment or nasty tweet from the Commander-in-Chief, Bradshaw isn’t bashful about speaking his mind.

Like most of our guys, and in this case Shaq, this is a time for us to grow, to learn, and this case for Shaq, it’s time that he steps up, McDermott said, via the Buffalo News. He’s adopting the habits of what it takes to be successful in this league on and off the field and he’s consistent both on his approach off the field as he is on the field. That’s what we’re really looking for out of Shaq just like the rest of our players, really, with adjusting to the NFL, adjusting to what’s expected from them and so he continues to grow and improve in those areas.

Ravens will lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium

When the Falcons opened their new stadium in 2017, they set concession prices lower than they had been at the Georgia Dome and saw good results on a couple of fronts.

They got good PR out of the move because food and drinks would cost less on games and then saw their fans spend enough on the cheaper eats that, per Darren Rovell of ESPN, they wound up seeing a 16 percent rise in revenues on concession items. Those results made it inevitable that other teams would think about following suit and one of them will announce plans to do that this week.

“At 4 a.m., they intubated him. At 10 o’clock, he coded for the first time. About 11, 11:30, he coded the second time. And we pulled all the machines off at 1 o’clock,” Kevin said. “So we went from ‘He’s going to get a liver. He was the No. 1 option’ to ‘Your son is dead.’ And that was in 15 hours. I mean, you talk about roller coaster. … That is as intimate and raw as you can be as a family.”

Ajayi denied the accusations through a representative, saying Ajayi and his group actually left the house earlier than the planned five days, but still paid the full price for the rental.

He also said Ajayi didn’t push or shove the owner at all and the owner was trying to get Ajayi to pay him cashbypassing Airbnb’s site.

Which decisions on key players, draft picks, trades and new contracts will be priorities for every franchise?

The Celtics have now had a game and an off day to digest this. They will be ready. The Cavs know Boston will be ready. Some adjustments have a one-game shelf life.

Still: I suspect we will see something like this anti-Horford scheme Monday night. Boston has some obvious counters. Sticking to Horford opens up driving lanes for Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart (assuming the Cavs don’t just go under screens against Smart), and other ball handlers. Rozier read this in Game 3, and zoomed untouched into the lane on a few possessions. He just failed to make plays.ravens_011

Martinez’s 3-run homer lifts Red Sox over Blue Jays 5-4

Boston’s Chris Sale wasn’t his usual dominant self against the Blue Jays.

J.D. Martinez made sure that didn’t matter.

Martinez hit a three-run homer, Sale won for the first time in three starts and the Red Sox rallied to beat Toronto 5-4 on Thursday night.

Andrew Benitendi had two hits and an RBI for the Red Sox, who wrapped up a 6-3 trip. The Red Sox are a major league-best 19-5, including 7-1 in one-run games.

“That was a tough one,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “To finish this road trip the way we did, it’s outstanding.”

Justin Smoak and Devon Travis hit solo home runs for the Blue Jays, who have lost five of seven.

“We just need to tighten some things up, get the starting rotation on a roll,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “We’re killing our `pen right now. That can’t hold up.”

On the giving end of that trust, of course, is the Toronto backcourt composed of point guard Kyle Lowry and DeRozan, both brilliant on Wednesday in a vital game — Lowry with his steady, two-way presence (17 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field, 10 assists against only one turnover and three steals) and DeRozan with his most self-possessed performance of the series.

“I think we did a great job of not just letting [DeRozan] bring the ball up,” Wright said. “We just kind of let the ball find him. He was able to make plays out of double teams or whatever they were throwing at him. In Game 4, he was bringing it up, and they were able to load on him. This game, we would bring the ball up on one side, and the ball would find him on the other.”

The original pick the Patriots received in their Oct. 31 trade of Garoppolo, No. 43, was sent to the Detroit Lions for a 2018 second-rounder (No. 51) and a 2018 fourth-rounder (117)

The Patriots then took the 2018 second-rounder acquired from the Lions (No. 51) and traded it to the Chicago Bears for the 2019 second-round pick and a 2018 fourth-round pick (105).

The Patriots then took their original second-round pick (No. 63) and packaged it with the 2018 fourth-rounder acquired from the Lions (117) and shipped it to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 56. They selected Dawson, whose versatility, competitiveness and sure tackling appealed to them.

So the return for the Garoppolo trade could be viewed this way: The team dealt Garoppolo and a 2018 second-round pick in return for the pick used on Dawson, a 2018 fourth-round pick (No. 105), and a 2019 second-round pick.

Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio smiled on Friday night when asked, in a lighthearted touch, if the Patriots were intentionally making it difficult for reporters to easily analyze the return for Garoppolo.jets_057

The Oakland Raiders open workouts under coach Jon Gruden on Monday without a key member of the defense present.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported pass rusher Khalil Mack is not in the building to kick off offseason conditioning, according to team sources. Rapoport adds it’s an unusual move for Mack.

Phase 1 of workouts are voluntary for NFL players.

He has 18 points in 19 games as a member of the Lightning, including six power-play points on the top unit. There has been some trading on the second line throughout the season, with the most effective pair on the line being Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat. Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde have traded in and out of the other spot, making them somewhat risky for a playoff pool. Andrei Vasilevskiy was the best goaltender in the NHL for the first half of the season, but tired down the stretch. We’ll see if he left anything in the tank for the postseason. But if you like the Lightning to succeed, he’s an easy pick. As tired as he may be, the Lightning have no choice but to ride him.

“I started to see he started to distance himself a little more and a little more and a little more,” Lewis said. “Listen to me. I don’t care about religion. I’m talking about a foundation.

“When your foundation is disturbed, when everything you are doing is the opposite of what got you to this place, then you are making your own life hard.”

Like Carter, who was an admitted drug abuser early in his NFL career, Lewis has experience with poor off-field judgement. Whether that makes him sound experienced and wise or hypocritical — and his comments are fair or unfair — is up to you.

Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice  in the stabbing deaths of two men in 2000, and both accused parties (not Lewis) were acquitted under self-defense.

That, ironically, was Lewis’ crowd. But it didn’t stop him from saying this about Beckham:

“You show me your crowd, I will you show your future,” Lewis said. “Justin Timberlake ain’t never played no football. I love Justin, but he ain’t getting on the ground like that.

“These guys (Beckham) is hanging out with, they are in studios all night. They don’t have to get up. They don’t have no discipline when it comes to athleticism. It’s a totally different discipline.”rams_030