Calvin Johnson dresses up like Steve Urkel, then meets him on DWTS

If you were surprised by Calvin Johnson in the opening week of “Dancing with the Stars,” you weren’t alone.

Johnson admitted Monday he’s showing a different side of himself on the hit ABC television show — one way more relaxed than the persona that the former wide receiver displayed for nine seasons with the Detroit Lions.

ESPN first reported the development.

A consensus top-10 talent leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, Gregory plummeted to Dallas in the second round due to a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine. The Nebraska star also was late to pre-draft interviews amid concerns about his ability to handle the “mental rigors” of professional football.

Cowboys executive vice president and chief operating officer Stephen Jones made it clear months ago that the second-year edge rusher was on thin ice.

“This is a disappointment,” Jones said after Gregory was suspended four games in February. “We have been clear with Randy about what his responsibilities are and what is expected of him. This is something that he is going to have to work through and correct.”

“Last week people probably saw a different side of me, because my personality during football season is very reserved,” Johnson said during the pre-dance, pretaped interview. “But here, I can let loose. I’m enjoying the hell out of it.”

This isn’t Sam Bradford’s team yet. It will go as far as Mike Zimmer’s talented defense takes it. But this is Bradford’s offense, and it will be on Minnesota’s new quarterback and No. 1 receiver Stefon Diggs to carry this offense until Peterson is back. With a road game in Carolina on tap before hosting the Giants and Texans, both currently 2-0, things won’t get easier for the Vikings.

Drew Brees agrees to third deal with Saints after prolific decade with team

METAIRIE, La. — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints waited until the 11th hour. But they finally agreed to a contract extension Wednesday, according to league sources — four days before the quarterback’s self-imposed Week 1 deadline.

Brees, 37, acknowledged that he would have preferred a long-term deal.

“I plan to play for longer than two years, so yeah, I think my mindset going into this was to be able to secure a deal that would take me for as long as I plan on playing,” he said. “But this is what was in the best interest of the team. And so that’s why it was a two-year deal.”

This is Brees’ third contract with the Saints after he originally signed with the team in 2006. In 2012, he became the highest-paid player in NFL history to that point, thanks to his five-year, $100 million contract.

Brees was headed into the final year of his previous contract.

His decade in New Orleans has been the most prolific of any quarterback in NFL history. His 48,555 yards and 348 touchdown passes are the most of any quarterback in any 10-year span, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Brees has won exactly 100 games with the Saints — including the only Super Bowl victory in franchise history, a 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts after the 2009 season.

He could pass Peyton Manning for No. 1 on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage (71,940) and passing touchdown (539) lists before his next deal is up. He’s on pace to do so within three or four years.

Brees ranks fourth in NFL history with 60,903 passing yards and will likely pass Dan Marino for third in Week 2. He and Tom Brady are tied for third in NFL history with 428 touchdown passes.

Man, it would have been fun. Just like it would have been fun to see Andrew Luck hold out for full guarantees. Alas, it was not to be. Quarterback deals almost always work out the way you expect them to work out in the NFL, mainly because everybody’s got too much to lose.

From the Saints’ standpoint, this is the right move. Yeah, Brees is 37 and the group around him is nothing like it was in their Super Bowl heyday. They face major salary-cap issues in the next couple of years, with or without this deal. You could make the case that the right thing to do would be to move on. But any such case leads to a situation where the Saints don’t know who their quarterback is next year. And there’s nothing scarier for a team than that.

When you don’t know who your quarterback is, Howie Roseman can take your lunch money, your locker combination and that copy of the chemistry final you swiped off the teacher’s flash drive. It’s a bad situation. The Saints obviously weren’t feeling great about Garrett Grayson, next year’s draft will be the fifth in a row that doesn’t include Luck, and the best free agents on the market would be Kirk Cousins and Brees himself. Nobody wants to be lost in that particular wilderness. The Saints will stick with Brees until his arm falls off if that’s cool with him, and it appears it is.

Yes, the really interesting thing about this deal is how badly Brees apparently wanted it done. While it may have seemed fun from the outside to think about Brees on the open market, people close to Brees say it didn’t sound fun to him. He didn’t want to be seen as a guy trying to cash in one last time. He’s basically a New Orleans legend at this point — a very wealthy and comfortable one at that. So taking what amounts to a one-year, $24 million extension ended up being fine. It mattered to Brees that he stick it out with Sean Payton and the Saints in the hope that they could build the roster up around him just enough to make one more run.

Glenn Gronkowski is more tame version of his fun-loving brother Rob

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The AFC East can officially make room for another Gronk.

Undrafted free-agent fullback Glenn Gronkowski, who played at Kansas State, will join his older brother Rob Gronkowski in the division this season after surviving the Buffalo Bills’ cuts to a 53-man roster Friday.

Burfict has missed games before. He missed 11 games in 2014 due to microfracture surgery and spent the first part of the 2015 season on PUP. But this time it’s a little different.

He’s essentially been in limbo this summer. He has been allowed to practice in training camp and could have played in the preseason but Bengals coach Marvin Lewis held him out of all four games to negate the injury risk.

The Bills also released fullback Jerome Felton. With that move, Glenn Gronkowski made the Bills’ roster at fullback.

In all, the Bills released 21 players Friday as they trimmed their roster to the 53-man limit.

Without Manny Lawson, the Bills will start veteran Lorenzo Alexander at outside linebacker.

“Lorenzo Alexander has earned the right to be a starter on this team. He won the job. That’s why he’ll start,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said. “As far as specifics [on Lawson], I’d rather not get into specifics.”

Gronkowski, an undrafted rookie from Kansas State, is the youngest of five Gronkowski brothers who are natives of the Buffalo suburb of Williamsville. Rob Gronkowski is a star tight end for the New England Patriots, and Chris and Dan Gronkowski are both former NFL players.

“I think with Glenn, I thought we did a lot of things with him. We put him in at some tight end spots. We put him in a the ‘U’ tight end. We put him in at fullback. And he gives some special teams depth,” Ryan said. “So I think that was what’s been impressive with this young man. But I wanted to see him be more physical. And I think he showed that a little bit [in the final preseason game].”

Glenn Gronkowski, whose nickname is Goose, was congratulated Friday on Instagram by his brother Gordie, a former draft selection of the Los Angeles Angels.