He is hoping to impress scouts with his play in the FXFL, a fledgling league also looking to impress.
"Our long-term goal is to establish a partnership with the NFL," FXFL commissioner Brian Woods told The Associated Press in July, when the league was announced, "and we feel can do that on many platforms. It would give them a way to work with younger players that they don't currently have. We can help them train prospective NFL officials. In the NBA, every referee entering the league comes from NBA Developmental League.
"We can be a testing ground for proposed rules, too. We'll have a chance to experiment."
The FXFL will have four teams; along with the Blacktips, who are based in Miami, there will be teams in Boston; Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Omaha, Neb. Teams will play a six-game, double-round-robin schedule. The season is scheduled to start Oct. 8, and league organizers have said they want players no more than two years removed from their college careers. Games are scheduled for weeknights, mostly Wednesdays.