The NFL Network is equipping all players' shoulder pads with a tracking device for the first time on Thursday during the Packers-Bears game as a means to enhance their television coverage, according to Alex Tallitsch of First String Public Relations who represents Packers tight end Tom Crabtree.
The exact use of the new technology is not yet known, but the devices will measure player speed, location and distance traveled, just to give a sampling.
Presumably, it will work in a similar manner to GPS, which will potentially be able to give viewers a two-dimensional rolling diagram of any particular play.
Based upon the limited information available, it's possible the new technology will be able to provide a new metric to compare and contrast players. Using player speed, viewers might be able to find out who the faster wide receiver is, Jordy Nelson or Brandon Marshall.
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