Game Scott Simonson Jersey The NFL on Wednesday named the 21 officials it has hired on a full-time basis in an attempt to improve every aspect of NFL officiating.
The most recognizable names on the list are the four referees who have been elevated to full-time employees — Walt Anderson, Jerome Boger, Pete Morelli and Brad Allen — but all seven officiating positions are represented.
The remaining 103 officials who will make up the 2017 roster will continue to work on a part-time basis, but the league believes the year-round duties assigned to the full-timers will help raise the level of officiating throughout the league.
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We believe that we will learn a great deal over the course of this initial year working with the full-time game officials, Alberto Riveron, the league’s new senior vice president of officiating, said in a release. Our collective goal is to make a positive impact on NFL officiating overall.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: His was quite the comeback, as his first pass attempt of the season was a pick-six, returned 82 yards by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel, and he was unable to get anything going while his Lions fell behind by 10 points before he managed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones Jr. more than 26 minutes into the game. Stafford completed three more touchdown passes, however, en route to a 27.1 fantasy point performance, his most since Week 6 of last season and his 11th best in 110 career NFL games.
Jesse James, TE, Steelers: Vance who? Clearly sensing competition for targets following Vance McDonald’s acquisition, James made the most of a sizable opening-week opportunity, reeling in six of his eight targets for 22.1 PPR and 16.1 non-PPR fantasy points. Both were easily career highs, and they greatly increase the chance that he should remain the team’s go-to tight end in the Steelers’ passing game, at least for another week.