Draft prospect Antonio Callaway: I’m not the bad person the media portrays

During his freshman season at Florida in 2015, Antonio Callaway was an All-American return man. During his sophomore season in 2016, he was the team’s leading receiver. And then he was kicked off the team for a series of off-field incidents before his junior season.

Now Callaway is hoping that in 2018, NFL teams will look past those off-field incidents and look at what he’s capable of doing on the field.

He has hit 44 percent from deep, third in the league. Run him off the arc, and Porter is comfortable improvising a pick-and-roll and pulling up for a smooth midranger.

He’s shooting 52 on long 2-pointers. Pressure that shot, and Porter scoots in for a teardrop; he’s shooting 41 percent from floater range, a tidy mark, per Cleaning The Glass.

He runs the floor. He cuts behind defenses. He has just enough post-up game to punish teams who hide little guys on him. Failing that, Porter might bum-rush inside for offensive rebounds.

Players with contracts of that size aren’t usually competing for starting jobs because teams usually aren’t happy with their current options. That was certainly the case with the Giants as Ereck Flowers has failed to establish himself on the left side since the Giants made him the ninth overall pick of the 2015 draft.

Flowers will be moving to the right side to compete for the starting job at tackle and coach Pat Shurmur discussed the move at this week’s league meetings.

“The right-tackle, left-tackle thing in itself, you got to protect both edges, and it comes down to the matchup of the rushers a lot of times,” Shurmur said, via the New York Post. “There are some guys their whole careers have played on the right or the left, so a move like that would be difficult. But most often because these guys were not just born starters, they’ve had to move around up front, and we’re very confident he’ll have success over there.”

The Giants were bad across the offensive line last season so a strong transition for Flowers would wind up making them better at two spots as they try to erase the stench of their 3-13 season.

Chargers sign QB Geno Smith to 1-year deal

The Chargers have agreed with veteran quarterback Geno Smith on a one-year deal that puts him in the mix to back up Philip Rivers in 2018, the team announced Sunday evening.

A second-round pick (39th overall) by the Jets in 2013, Smith, 27, appeared in 33 games (30 starts) over four seasons with New York, where he completed 501 of 866 passes for 5,962 yards and 28 touchdowns with 36 interceptions.

The Raptors have nothing to play for, and Lowry appears to be wearing down at the worst possible time (9.5 points per game in April on 30.2 percent shooting from the field). Is it possible that Lowry gets right? Of course.

But I think Toronto is more likely to take it easy on him (they are on the second night of a back-to-back) over the final week in an effort to have him rested for what they hope is a long playoff run. The Pistons rank in the top half of the league in defensive efficiency, and while they have nothing to play for, I expect them to perform well in their final home game. Lowry has proved to be more risk than potential reward of late, and with so much star power residing on desperate teams, there is no reason to spend up for a struggling player on a satisfied team.

Thompson, 29, has spent time with the Ravens, Bills and Bears since going undrafted in 2012. He began last season in Chicago before returning to Buffalo for his second stint with the team, finishing the year with 38 catches for 555 yards and two touchdowns.

He has 77 catches for 1,032 yards and four touchdowns over his six-year career.

“In a lot of ways, it probably does define my career to fans or people that don’t know me or whatever. And I’m looking forward to getting up to Boston. It’s a special thing to be a part of.

“Getting a taste of that as a player, you realize how special it is, what a big deal it is, kind of what an honor it is to compete in those games.”

As far as how people in Boston have treated him since he joined Bucky Dent as light-hitting infielders to KO the Red Sox, Boone said, “I’ve been treated really well there. I’ve kind of said since they’ve won as much as they have since ’04, I feel like a lot of the ribbing I get up there is a little more good-natured. At least that’s how it appears to me and the organization has treated me very well.

“I’m sure that now I’m back in uniform it won’t be as good-natured and that’s part of it.”