William Jackson: People will definitely know about me this year

Cornerback William Jackson wasn’t able to get on the field for the Bengals during his rookie season due to a torn pectoral muscle, but the 2016 first-round pick started showing why he was such a high pick by the time the 2017 season came to an end.

The process of the catch proviso failed on two major fronts. For starters, it took one of the fundamental acts of the sport and turned it into a burlesque farce. Members of the viewing audience can’t be convinced that they witnessed a drop when the player possessed the ball and took multiple steps before it was jarred loose. Secondarily, it’s the responsibility of a professional sports league’s competition committee to foster rather than eliminate spectacular athletic maneuvers on the field of play.

There was actually a positive energy on both sides, Taylor said.

That means New Jersey might not have betting in place for the end of the NBA or NHL finals or the Mets-Yankees series this weekend. Then there’s the World Cup, which begins next weekend.

Still, there’s an outside chance Monmouth Park in Oceanport will open its long-planned sports betting operation Friday afternoon.

The Baltimore Ravens will get slightly less preparation for the 2018 NFL season than the rest of the league, and they’ll be forced to pay for it. On Wednesday, the Ravens forfeited two of their OTAs (June 7 and 8) and received a fine for violating the CBA’s offseason workout rules. The violation and resulting penalty was first reported by Jeff Zrebiec. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, owner Steve Bisciotti was fined $100,000 while coach John Harbaugh got stuck with a $50,000 fine.

Whether I was or whether I wasn’t, I’m not there anymore, Taylor said. That’s his decision moving forward. I still feel that I’d done more than enough to stay where I was. But at the end of the day, they made a decision to move forward, and that’s their decision.

Taylor said McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane kept him informed of trade talks before the Bills sent him to the Browns on March 9. He said the phone conversation informing him of the trade wasn’t a bad one.