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      NFL to experiment with extra official on field, tablets for instant replayBy Sean Wagner-McGough | Staff WriterCBS SportsAugust 18, 2015 2:23 pm ET exp_zpsbenv1y2d.jpgThe NFL is experimenting with its use of officials this preseason. (USATSI) During the second week of the NFL preseason, the league will be testing out two new procedures related to its use of officials: The NFL will have an extra official on the field and officials will use Microsoft Surface Tablets for instant replay purposes.For 13 games this week, the NFL will use eight-person crews instead of seven-person crews, which has been the standard size since 1978. According to a statement released by the NFL, the eighth official is being brought on in an attempt to reduce "the number of times an official is responsible for multiple areas of the field that may not be in proximity to each other."For some of the selected games, the eighth official will be positioned in the offensive backfield, focusing on the center, and the guard and tackle closest to the official. This official will be known as "U2."For the other slate of games, the eighth official will be 20 yards downfield, where the official will watch the interior of the offensive line, zeroing in on defensive holding penalties. This official will be known as "CJ.""We are going to look at positioning the eighth official in a couple of different areas," said Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating. "We want to try to fill some of the holes that may happen in specific situations over the course of a game."Here are the 13 games that will feature an expanded crew with the positioning of the eighth official indicated in parenthesis:•Detroit at Washington (CJ)•Buffalo at Cleveland (U2)•Atlanta at New York Jets (U2)•Miami at Carolina (U2)•Baltimore at Philadelphia (U2)•Chicago at Indianapolis (U2)•New England at New Orleans (CJ)•Denver at Houston (CJ)•Oakland at Minnesota (U2)•San Diego at Arizona (CJ)•Dallas at San Francisco (CJ)•St. Louis at Tennessee (U2)•Cincinnati at Tampa Bay (U2)As for the use of the tablets, the NFL will use Microsoft Surface Tablets for instant replay purposes during four games this week (10 total games through the first three weeks of the preseason) after previously experimenting with the tablets at this past year's Pro Bowl. The idea is to eliminate the time it takes for an official to use the sideline monitor, as tablets can be brought to the official on the field for a review.Here are the four games this week that will feature the use of tablets:•Atlanta at New York Jets•Jacksonville at New York Giants•Green Bay at Pittsburgh•Dallas at San Francisco"The goal of experimenting with the tablets is to be more efficient in administering replay reviews," Blandino said. "We would like to determine if we can streamline the process."

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    • Anonymous

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      Hopefully we get a few makeup calls from the Minny game.

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    • Anonymous

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      Hopefully we get a few makeup calls from the Minny game.

      It's weird that you have your Michaelbot make all these threads and then respond to yourself immediately.

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    • Anonymous

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      Hopefully we get a few makeup calls from the Minny game.

      It's weird that you have your Michaelbot make all these threads and then respond to yourself immediately.

      Huh?

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    • Anonymous

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      Man, microsoft makes a lot of bank from the nfl.Its one company i actually like, so good for them.Also, does anyone worry about technology actually making it worse?Dont get me wrong, i like this idea, i love that were now getting views that, in my day, were impossible. I love that.They probably can go back to old-reliable in a flash, but having everything interconnected also allows for outside influances that are unexpected. Im just hoping theyre covering all the angles, or some poor team like ours will somehow suffer for it.

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    • Anonymous

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      It's weird that you have your Michaelbot make all these threads and then respond to yourself immediately.

      dont think you are correct.  nor do i understand why its a bad thing to have good discussion on Bucs related news.

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    • Anonymous

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      Hopefully we get a few makeup calls from the Minny game.

      It's weird that you have your Michaelbot make all these threads and then respond to yourself immediately.

      Uh.. there were about two hours between the original posting of this and Anti-Java's post. They aren't the same poster. By your logic you and Anti must be the same poster as there's only a couple of minutes between the two posts!

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    • Anonymous

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      Hopefully we get a few makeup calls from the Minny game.

      It's weird that you have your Michaelbot make all these threads and then respond to yourself immediately.

      Uh.. there were about two hours between the original posting of this and Anti-Java's post. They aren't the same poster. By your logic you and Anti must be the same poster as there's only a couple of minutes between the two posts!

      This Anti-Java is out of control. He must be stopped.

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