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The NFL has added new full-time game officials for the 2018 season. Twenty-four officials will work full-time in 2018, up from 21 in 2017.
The full-time officials were chosen from among the current 121-person roster of officials and represent all seven on-field officiating positions. The initiative is an effort to improve the consistency, efficiency and accuracy of NFL officiating.
Full-time officials will work throughout the year on game preparation and administration. They will analyze current game trends, communicate with the clubs and help to develop a qualified pool of future officials.
“Working with the full-time game officials last season was extremely beneficial,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Alberto Riveron. “Their presence greatly improved communication with the clubs. Our collective goal is to make a positive impact on NFL officiating overall, and this initiative was an important factor for us in that effort.”
“We are supportive of providing our members the opportunity to voluntarily commit additional time for additional compensation to NFL officiating, especially in the offseason,” said NFLRA Executive Director Scott Green. “This program is the result of extensive discussion and planning, and the NFLRA looks forward to continuing and supporting the program in its second year.”
Here are the 24 full-time officials by position:
|122||Brad Allen||Referee||Pembroke State||5|
|135||Pete Morelli||Referee||St. Mary's||22|
|11||Fred Bryan||Umpire||Northern Iowa||10|
|81||Roy Ellison||Umpire||Savannah State||16|
|124||Carl Paganelli||Umpire||Michigan State||20|
|134||Ed Camp||Down Judge||William Paterson||19|
|59||Rusty Baynes||Line Judge||Auburn-Montgomery||9|
|32||Jeff Bergman||Line Judge||Robert Morris||27|
|10||Julian Mapp||Line Judge||Grambling State||10|
|9||Mark Perlman||Line Judge||Salem||18|
|84||Mark Steinkerchner||Line Judge||Akron||25|
|97||Tom Hill||Field Judge||Carson-Newman||20|
|41||Boris Cheek||Side Judge||Morgan State||23|
|88||Brad Freeman||Side Judge||Mississippi State||5|
|120||Jonah Monroe||Side Judge||Arkansas||4|
|1||Scott Novak||Side Judge||Phoenix||5|
|133||Steve Freeman||Back Judge||Mississippi State||18|
|78||Greg Meyer||Back Judge||Texas Christian||17|
|111||Terrence Miles||Back Judge||Arizona State||11|
|12||Greg Steed||Back Judge||Howard||16|