In the second week of the preseason, the officiating department will begin experimenting with development program officials and the continued interleague agreement with Canadian Football League officials. This week will also feature two new white-hat tryouts, as side judges Scott Novak, pictured above, and Adrian Hill will work at the referee position during two different games this weekend. It is unknown if these side judges will work at the referee position for all or a portion of the games.
There will be no experimentation with an eighth official this preseason.
Another tidbit of note, line judge Walt Coleman IV will be working with a different crew this week — the crew led by his father, Walt III, in Atlanta on Friday night. They will become the fourth father-son pair to officiate an NFL game, joining Jeff and Jerry Bergman Sr., Shawn and Ed Hochuli, and Brad and Steve Freeman.
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 Canadian flag, 🇨🇦.
All times Eastern. Live games on NFL Network will be telecast on local stations only in both teams’ markets. Brad Allen’s crew is off this week.
Thursday, Aug. 16
- Eagles at Patriots, 7:30 p.m./tape delay 11 p.m. NFLN — Bill Vinovich
- Jets at Washington, 8 p.m. ESPN — Carl Cheffers
- Steelers at Packers, 8 p.m./tape delay 2 a.m. NFLN — Ron Torbert and Scott Novak
- FJ Ritchie Miller 🇨🇦
Friday, Aug. 17
- Chiefs at Falcons, 7 p.m./tape delay 1:30 a.m. NFLN — Walt Coleman
- Giants at Lions, 7 p.m. — Shawn Smith
- Bills at Browns, 7:30 p.m. NFLN — Pete Morelli
- SJ Grantis Bell
- Dolphins at Panthers, 7:30 p.m. — Jerome Boger
- LJ Chad Lorance
- Cardinals at Saints, 8 p.m./tape delay 11 p.m. NFLN — Clete Blakeman
- DJ Frank LeBlanc
Saturday, Aug. 18
- Jaguars at Vikings, 1 p.m. NFLN — Shawn Hochuli
- Raiders at Rams, 4 p.m. NFLN — Craig Wrolstad and Adrian Hill
- SJ 151 Clay Reynard
- Bengals at Cowboys, 7 p.m. NFLN — John Hussey
- SJ Rob Skaggs 🇨🇦
- 49ers at Texans, 8 p.m./tape delay 1:30 a.m. NFLN — Walt Anderson
- Buccaneers at Titans, 8 p.m. — Clay Martin
- SJ Raymond Daniel
- Bears at Broncos, 9:05 p.m. — John Parry
- U 148 Terry Killens
- Seahawks at Chargers, 10 p.m. NFLN — Tony Corrente
Monday, Aug. 20
- Ravens at Colts, 8 p.m. ESPN — Alex Kemp
- SJ Tom Vallesi 🇨🇦