Six new officials hired by NFL for 2018

The National Football League’s Senior Vice President of Officiating Al Riveron announced the hiring of six new officials for the 2018 season on Thursday.

All six additions come from the major Division I football conferences: Land Clark (Pac-12), Matt Edwards (Big Ten), Anthony Jeffries (SEC), Tony Josselyn (SEC), Mark Stewart (Big 12) and Don Willard (Big Ten).

The new officials help offset the retirement of seven that retired following the 2017 season, included head referees Jeff Triplette and Ed Hochuli. Via Ben Austro of FootballZebras.com, Jim Howey, Ed Walker, Buddy Horton, Laird Hayes and replay official Bill Spyksma all retired following last season.

The process began last week, when Manziel jumped into the University of San Diego’s pro day attended by scouts from 13 NFL teams. It will accelerate on Wednesday as he joins the Spring League, a developmental program that runs March 28 through April 15 in Austin, Texas, with games staged on April 7 and 12 — Manziel’s first since starting for the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 27, 2015.

Manziel said last week “there’s still people that still doubt what I’m doing and still doubt where I’m at” — an acknowledgement of his extensive list of off-field indiscretions. He won’t resolve all of those questions over a two-week minor league experience, but the stint will help him address a more tangible issue: How far, if at all, did he deteriorate physically during what he admits were long stretches of substance abuse?

Jamie died of an overdose of heroin that had been laced with fentanyl, a synthetic and far more potent form of the drug, according to an autopsy report and death certificate. For Ken, understanding how Jamie could overdose in a sober home environment meant exploring the dark path Jamie had traveled in the final weeks before his death, a journey that opened Ken’s eyes to something he had never before considered: the existence of a corrupt side to the billion-dollar rehabilitation industry in South Florida, where federal laws can be exploited by people who actually have no interest in keeping recovering addicts clean. Jamie, his father came to realize, got caught in an insurance scam known as “The Florida Shuffle.”

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