ESPN reveals games to be called by secondary NFL team

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ESPN has revealed the games its “B” team of announcers will call in the upcoming NFL season.

This team, Steve Levy, Louis Riddick, Dan Orlovsky, and Laura Rutledge will be heard on a series of NFL contests. Levy and Riddick were on the prime-time team with Brian Griese that has been replaced by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

The games:

  • Week 2: Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills (Monday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN)

    • First Monday Night Football ‘Two Games, One Night’ Showcase, as Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles will also play the same night (8:30 p.m. on ABC)

  • Week 8: Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars (Sunday, Oct. 30, at 9:30 a.m. on ESPN+) from Wembley Stadium in London

    • First exclusive NFL game on ESPN+

  • Week 18: One of the NFL on ESPN: Saturday Doubleheader games (January 7 on ABC and ESPN)

    • Starts at 4:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

And some more info from the ESPN press room:

As part of their new contracts, Levy, Riddick and Orlovsky will expand their ESPN portfolio with additional assignments.

  • Levy will call NFL games on ESPN Radio this season on a regular basis. Additionally, he will continue his role with the NHL on ESPN, serving as primary host for the network’s studio coverage along with play-by-play duties.

  • Riddick will call Thursday night college football on ESPN this season. During the week, the former NFL pro personnel director will remain ESPN’s NFL front office studio analyst, appearing regularly on multiple shows. He also remains on the NFL Draft on ESPN as an analyst.

  • Orlovsky will continue to call college football games on Saturdays for ESPN and ABC. The former NFL quarterback remains on NFL Live, as the full cast returns, and will continue to appear on additional studio programming.