It can be and often is a problem at any NFL camp, practice, OTA, or setting where drills are run. You need that camp arm, that practice QB, the guy that can keep the 2nd and 3rd unit guys working while giving the QB1 a break. Most importantly he can’t be the assistant coach who throws every ball like it’s on a frozen rope. Ideally, in order to train and evaluate guys, you need a QB that is somewhat accurate, who can deliver the ball in a myriad of proscribed places so players can refine their game. And that is the problem. There just aren’t that many of those guys around. If they have those skills they are often vying for the QB1 position. What to do?
There are been football guns on the sidelines for years. It takes 1 or 2 guys to effectively run them and to be frank, they are really only “good” for emulating punts and kickoffs. Not great mind you, but good. Very inaccurate, very unreliable. Enter “The Seeker,” The first robotic QB that can hit what it’s aiming at and doesn’t need a guy standing behind it for the darn thing to work.
The Seeker – Robot QB
Seems a couple of guys from Northwestern got the idea, worked on it for about 5 years, and have seen quite a few football programs and players start using the device to great effect. LSU, George Kittle, N’keal Harry, and Mohamed Sanu are just some of the names of organizations and people touting the new tool and to a man, they are excited. And why not? An organization can more effectively work its receivers on more specific skills. Individual players can work on specific skills without position coaches in attendance, spotlighting personal weaknesses only they know about.
Coaches can now watch players work on receiving “catchable” ballas as the accuracy of the thing is off the charts. You can program it to throw statically, at patterns, at spots on the field, or at high rates of speed and all to “zones” around the intended target! This could truly be a game-changer in a passing league.
Check out the videos below and prepare to be amazed.
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