Josh Allen takes responsibility for tweets sent as high schooler

Allen told ESPN’s Suzy Kolber that he has been contacted by some teams about the tweet but that he doesn’t expect it to impact his draft status.

“Hopefully they understand the type of person I am. …. I don’t think this is going to hurt me,” he said about an hour before the Browns made the first pick.

“I love the intensity, I love the game in front of me,” Hellebuyck said about the playoffs. “It’s awesome and a little different. Intense is the right way to put it.”

Not only did the teams top the standings, this series is the first between clubs with the most combined points ever before a conference finals after Nashville (117) edged Winnipeg (114) for the Presidents’ Trophy.

Both the Jets and Predators brought a Vezina finalist into this series. Hellebuyck outdueled veteran Pekka Rinne, who was pulled after the second period after giving up three goals on 16 shots. Hellebuyck, who finished off Minnesota with back-to-back shutouts, picked up where he left off a week ago.

Hellebuyck stretched his shutout streak to 163 minutes before Nashville finally scored. Coach Paul Maurice said the Jets weren’t at their best and can play better.

“But we pay our goaltender, too,” Maurice said.

Mark Scheifele scored two goals, including an empty-netter as the Jets were outshot 48-19. Brandon Tanev and Paul Stastny also scored to help the Jets — the NHL’s best home team in the regular season — steal home-ice advantage.

Kevin Fiala scored for the Predators, which had won 11 of their last 14 playoff games in Nashville. Several Predators said they thought this was perhaps their best game of the season, talk coach Peter Laviolette didn’t share.

Doughty’s one-game suspension was the first of several in the first round for a hit to the head of an opponent. Toronto’s Nazem Kadri got three games, and Winnipeg’s Josh Morrissey and Nashville’s Ryan Hartman got one game each. Washington’s Tom Wilson and Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov were among those who got off without significant punishment.

The criticism, from Columbus to Colorado and from New Jersey to Los Angeles, was loud enough that the NHL’s department of player safety put out a video last week explaining its reasoning for suspending Doughty and Hartman but not Kucherov or Predators center Ryan Johansen.

Broncos to visit with Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen over next week

Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway made it clear that the team’s signing of Case Keenum in free agency wouldn’t take them out of the discussion of adding one of the top quarterback prospects in the draft.

So with that in mind, the Broncos are making sure to turn over every stone when it comes to the quarterbacks populating the top of team draft boards.

Porter is paid like a superstar, but he’s not a superstar. That’s not his fault. He can play in any system, in any lineup, and find shots against any style of defense. There is nobility in that.

This dude is everywhere. Sometime around the end of the 2014-15 season, the basic act of dribbling within a 15-foot radius of Kawhi Leonard became dangerous for anyone beyond the league’s expert ball-handlers. He just started straight-up snatching the ball out of people’s hands. He undressed Ben McLemore on two straight possessions at the start of last season, and I’m not sure McLemore has dribbled since.

And General Manager Les Snead was willing to give up his franchise-tagged player to do it.

Snead told Peter King of SI.com that he had discussions with the Saints a year ago about trading for Cooks, but didn’t have the ammunition to get the deal done.

The Saints were looking for a first-round pick for Cooks. The Patriots had one. The Rams didn’t, as a result of the Jared Goff trade. So Snead offered the Saints cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who the Rams had franchised two years in a row. As much as the Saints needed cornerback help at the time of the deal (before drafting a potential star in Marshon Lattimore), they chose the Patriots offer instead.

“At that time, we didn’t have a first-round pick and New England did, and that made all the difference,” Snead said. “We discussed [cornerback] Trumaine Johnson with New Orleans, but we could not trump New England’s one.”