EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today became the latest NFL team to use a drone to tape part of their practice.
The drone – specifically a DJI Phantom 3 – hovered over the Giants' minicamp practice at a height of about 50-60 feet. It enables the coaches to study plays from a straight overhead angle, which wasn't previously possible.
The new feature was hardly groundbreaking to the players. Quarterbacks Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib said they didn't even notice it.
Coach Tom Coughlin deferred comment until he has more detail regarding exactly what the drone will provide and has had an opportunity to review the video shot from the drone.
The Giants' football video department practiced using the drone above an unoccupied field for three weeks before having it hover over the players and coaches.
Several NFL teams have tested drones this spring. The Dallas Cowboys have used them to tape the special teams portion of their practices. The New England Patriots are also using them.