The NFL has released this year’s officiating roster and there will be seven first-year officials among the 121 working games this season.
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Hill will be part of Shawn Hochuli’s crew in Hochuli’s first year as a referee. He is one of four new referees this year as the league lost four refs, including Hochuli’s father Ed, to retirement since the end of last season.
Two of the 121 officials are not permanently assigned to a crew. Line judge Mike Spanier and field judge Mike Weatherford will work with different crews throughout the season.
The NFL hypes pretty much everything it does. Except the supplemental draft.
The annual midsummer not-so-classic arrives at 1:00 p.m. ET today, with teams permitted on a round-by-round basis to offer up the corresponding pick in next year’s draft for a given player. The player is then awarded through a waivers-type priority [url=http://www.bearscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-bennie-fowler-iii-jersey]Bennie Fowler III Jersey[/url] , if multiple teams want a player in the same given round.
That makes the league’s bare-bones treatment of the supplemental draft even more confusing. Maybe the league doesn’t want to encourage guys to find a way to circumvent the regular draft process and get what would be a far less crowded stage in July.
At one point, the supplemental draft was a much bigger deal. The last time a player of any significance entered the NFL via the supplemental draft happened in 2012, when the Browns used a second-round pick on receiver Josh Gordon.