Green Bay Packers introduce impressive new technology in practice

The Green Bay Packers have been showing off their new technology to help their wide receivers get the ball into their hands.

It’s fair to say that science and technology have come a long way during the 100-plus years the NFL has existed. Of what the players wear; going from the leather helmets to the plastic ones they have to wear now, to the fitness and nutrition regimens that ensure they are in the best possible shape, things have certainly changed for the better.

However, there are some things that, while they may seem old-fashioned, still have a place in the game. For example, chains that measure down and distance have been around for over 70 years and unless something better comes along to accurately measure where the ball is (eg a chip tracking system to make it even more accurate), it doesn’t work. It looks like they are going anywhere soon.

Another machine that seems to have stood the test of time is the JUGS machine, which is the device that simulates the flight of balls through the air while throwing them through two very fast spinning wheels towards the receiver or defender, although it can also be used in some other fun ways too:

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Now, although the technology has been dragged into the 21st century, the Green Bay Packers have become the first team to use the ‘Seeker’ (not to be confused with the Quidditch position in Harry Potter) developed by Monarc.

The technology is much more advanced than the JUGS machine, which simply required a trainer to feed the ball into the machine and let it rip. As the video explains, there is much more to it than that:



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And to see it in action, this video demonstrates just how efficient it can be by being able to throw different types of balls in quick succession, faster than a coach could by adjusting JUGS beforehand:

It’ll be a while before we can see if this really has any tangible benefits for players, or if it’s just changing something for the sake of changing it when we didn’t really need it.

But if the Packers start to see the benefits of this, then it probably won’t be long before we see the other teams take it on.

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