5 officiating things I’m looking at in 2022

It is here. The NFL is ready to start its 103rd season and there are several things I'm looking for as I zebra-watch this fall. 1. New referee Tra Blake is the new referee, replacing the retired Tony Corrente. Blake is a referee in his third NFL season after spending his rookie

A numbers game: 2 officials change uniform numbers

When players join new teams, there are often jersey numbering issues that need to be worked out. But it is not something we typically see in officiating. For 2022, field judge Nate Jones (pictured above at the Browns-Jaguars preseason game) will wear the number he wore as a NFL player: 33.