Thursday Round-Up: NFL To Hire Up To 24 Full-Time Game Officials

The League announced it will hire up to 24 full-time game officials for 2017 with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of the game.

Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, August 10 - about your Seattle Seahawks: 

Now Hiring: Full-Time Officials

While not directly related to the Seahawks, the NFL's announcement yesterday that it will look to hire up to 24 full-time game officials will undoubtedly impact Seattle and the League's 31 other teams, hopefully for the better.

The announcement says the goal of hiring full-time officials for throughout the 2017 season is "to promote the common goal of enhancing all aspects of NFL officiating –  scouting, training and mentoring, better understanding of current game trends, game preparation, and increased input on rules relating to player safety and game administration."

"We believe this is a great development for NFL officiating overall and ultimately the quality of our game," said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent.  "We share a common goal, which is to make our game as great as it can possibly be, and look forward to working together on this new effort." 

"NFL officials are always looking to improve, and we believe that additional time, particularly in the offseason, will be positive," said NFLRA Executive Director Scott Green.  "We're looking forward to working together with the league on this effort." 

For more on the topic, Kevin Seifert at ESPN.com dives deeper into the League's decision.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes prior to today's training camp practice from Pete Carroll, as the Seattle head coach shares a short video showing fans what 'Competition Wednesday' -- on a Thursday -- is all about.

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle has five key takeaways from Wednesday's training camp practice, a workout that included the first 11-on-11 session for receiver Tyler Lockett, who's making his way back from the leg injury that ended his 2016 season early.

For fantasy football fans, Scott Engel at RotoExperts.com identifies several sleepers and breakthrough players to target during your draft day.

Brady Henderson at 710Sports.com says second-year pro Quinton Jefferson could be an option to fill in for rookie Malik McDowell.

Gregg Bell at the Tacoma News Tribune says rookie cornerback Shaquill Griffin was a standout at Wednesday's practice

And ESPN.com outlines the top-rated player at each position in Madden 18. As we noted earlier this week, Seattle's Kam Chancellor tops the list at the safety spot.

Photos of fans from the eighth day of 2017 Seahawks training camp at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

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