- U — Steve Woods (Big Ten)
- L — Brian Bolinger (Big Ten)
- B — Mearl Robinson (Pac 12)
- L — Danny Short (ACC)
All four officials come from the NFL’s Officiating Development Program — Woods and Robinson for two seasons, Bolinger and Short for one. Some worked college all-star games in January — the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game — which is run by the NFL.
This is in addition to the four hires announced by the officials’ union back in March.
There are now 124 officials on the roster for 119 positions. That means there will be five swing officials again this year, more than usual. The NFL uses swing officials to rove between crews week to week to substitute for injured officials. If the NFL also wants to hire a new official, they will have a veteran move to swing official for a season to get the rookie on a crew. Being a swing official is not a demotion and does not indicate an official’s standing with the league.
All officials will meet later this month in northern New Jersey for a mini-clinic and camp. Senior vice president of officiating, Al Riveron will hand out crew assignments and the officials learn the season’s policies and procedures.
The full NFL officials’ clinic takes place in the Dallas area in late July.
Photo above: Mearl Robinson (left) courtesy of Getty Images
Cover photo: Danny Short (L) courtesy of the Pitt Panthers