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Referee and officiating assignments, preseason week 2

This week, the NFL will have eight officials on the field for all games. The eighth position is the middle judge, which will be evaluated for potential implementation in 2017 or a future season.

In addition, some college officials that are on the league’s development squad are getting some practical game experience this week. In some cases they will officiate a full game, and in others it will be a half game, as has been the practice in previous seasons. There are 29 officials in the training program, but only 11 will be on the field this week. Also, there are three officials from the Canadian Football League, who are getting some NFL reps as part of an interleague training arrangement.

The NFL also has used the second preseason weekend to give veteran officials a tryout at the referee position. It seems that the officiating department is putting that on hold to fully evaluate the MJ position.

The MJ position is shown below with the jersey number of the official. Officials in the development program are listed in italics and, for those who have been in the program before, their jersey number. CFL officials are shown with a maple leaf, 🍁.

All times listed below are Eastern. Live games on NFL Network will be telecast on local stations only in both teams’ markets. Jerome Boger’s crew is off, with some of those officials assigned to the MJ position.

Thursday, Aug. 18

  • Eagles at Steelers, 7 p.m. NFLN — Gene Steratore
    • MJ 112 Tony Steratore
    • No development officials
  • Bengals at Lions, 7:30 p.m. — Ron Torbert
    • MJ 80 Greg Gautreaux
    • FJ Tony Josselyn
  • Falcons at Browns, 8 p.m. — John Parry
    • MJ 7 Keith Washington
    • SJ Don Willard
  • Raiders at Packers, 8 p.m./tape delay 1 a.m. NFLN — Bill Vinovich
    • MJ 87 Walt Coleman IV
    • LJ Justin McInnes 🍁
  • Bears at Patriots, 8 p.m. — Brad Allen
    • MJ 97 Tom Hill
    • FJ Land Clark
  • Vikings at Seahawks, 10 p.m. NFLN — Ed Hochuli
    • MJ 109 Dyrol Prioleau
    • LJ David Oliver

Friday, Aug. 19

  • Jets at Washington, 7:30 p.m. — Walt Coleman
    • MJ 156 Brad Rogers
  • Dolphins at Cowboys, 8 p.m. NFLN — Walt Anderson
    • MJ 103 Eugene Hall
    • LJ 144 Kevin Mar
  • Cardinals at Chargers, 9 p.m./tape delay midnight NFLN — Carl Cheffers
    • MJ 88 Brad Freeman
    • FJ Reggie Smith

Saturday, Aug. 20

  • Panthers at Titans, 3 p.m. — Clete Blakeman
    • MJ 29 Adrian Hill
    • FJ Justin Nelson
  • Giants at Bills, 4 p.m. NFLN — Jeff Triplette
    • MJ 3 Scott Edwards
    • SJ 149 Lyndon Nixon
  • Ravens at Colts 7 p.m. NFLN — John Hussey
    • MJ 56 Allen Baynes
    • LJ 136 Maia Chaka
  • Buccaneers at Jaguars, 7:30 p.m. — Terry McAulay
    • MJ 120 Jonah Monroe
    • SJ Frank Steratore
  • Saints at Texans, 8 p.m. — Craig Wrolstad
    • MJ 33 Steve Zimmer
    • FJ Dave Hawkshaw 🍁
  • 49ers at Broncos, 9 p.m./tape delay midnight NFLN — Pete Morelli
    • MJ 67 Doug Rosenbaum
    • FJ Dave Foxcroft 🍁
  • Chiefs at Rams, 10 p.m. NFLN — Tony Corrente
    • MJ 75 Rob Vernatchi
    • SJ 155 Mearl Robinson
Ben Austro
Ben Austro
Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

8 thoughts on “Referee and officiating assignments, preseason week 2

  1. Hey, I have a good idea! Hire the best officials available and stop this ridiculous PC crap.

  2. I have been advocating for the eighth official for some time now. I have been associated with the NFL for some time and have occasionally sent handwritten suggestions to the league office.

    Long ago it was me who had advocated for instant replay and I also pushed for the kickoff being moved forward to encourage touchbacks.

    It is very gratifying to see my suggestions come to fruition.

  3. Dave C – I can understand a layperson like yourself advocating for more kickoff returns. But, the reality is that the new way is better for the league.

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