Report: Deondre Francois said marijuana belonged to girlfriend

Tallahassee police conducted surveillance on Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois for two months, operating on a tip that he was selling marijuana, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

A raid of the player’s apartment on Thursday yielded less than an ounce of marijuana. Francois, who is recuperating from a torn patellar tendon in his left knee, was not arrested. He was cited with misdemeanor possession and given the chance to enter a pre-trial diversion program and pay a fine.

The police department said it found in the garbage and in Francois’ apartment some plastic bags with cannabis residue, innards of blunt cigars, a grinder, an instant drug test cup and three vials of pain medication.

Francois must do community service and avoid any criminal activity for a designated time as part of the diversion program.

“He’s got to be smart about who he’s around and what he’s around, and make good decisions,” Taggart said. “I advise him to just make sure he’s around his teammates all the time.”

Spencer Long, the former Redskins starting center signed by the Jets on March 22, figures to sit atop the depth chart at center, as long as he is healthy. Long, 27, suffered a torn quadriceps late last season and likely will not be able to do much in the spring. He said recently he is targeting a full return in training camp this summer.

Wesley Johnson struggled in 2017 as the replacement at center for Nick Mangold. The Jets did not pursue Johnson in free agency and he signed last week with the Lions.

Hodges, 22, has never appeared in an NFL game. He was waived/injured by the Vikings in early September and spent six weeks on the Panthers’ practice squad. He caught 133 passes at Virginia Tech.

“I know what it was like to be the guy that didn’t play every day,” Kapler said. “I know what it was like to be pinch-hit for because the matchup was better for somebody else. I know what it’s like to be double-switched for. I have such a strong connection to the human side of this game — more than probably anything else.

“I have this core group of teammates that I played with for various teams, like Evan Longoria with the Rays at the end of my career. And in Boston, I had my guys like [Jason] Varitek, Pedro [Martinez] and Trot [Nixon] and that crew. I think if you asked them about me, they’d describe the baseball guy, which is who I am at my core. It’s really interesting to me that this doesn’t get seen as much.”jets_062