NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A MetLife blimp in the distant sky played second fiddle for the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday as they flew a drone over part of minicamp practice.
The film angle will offer something new to go with the traditional sideline and end zone views recorded by cameramen in lifts.
"I told our guys, you talk about so many years in the league and you surely have seen everything," said assistant head coach/defense Dick LeBeau. "I never saw that. Hell, this is 2015."
Coach Ken Whisenhunt, who went to Georgia Tech, called himself a bit of a tech guy and said he was intrigued by the idea.
Anthony Pastrana, the team's video director, controlled the drone thorough an iPad that allowed him to see what was being filmed. There is a default mechanism that takes the drone back to where it took off from if anything goes wrong.
"Technology, you've just got to trust it," Whisenhunt said.
There is a lot the team may be able to see far better with the extra film.
"Let's just say, for instance, running backs: One of the problems we had early in the OTAs was our running backs were too deep," Whisenhunt said. "So they weren't getting to the hole quick enough, our timing was off. From this angle, you can actually see exactly how many yards he is behind the ball, and if he's too deep.
"You can say, 'Well can't you see that from the [other angles]. Well sometimes you can and sometimes you can't 100 percent see it. So I'm anxious to see if that's one of the things that you can see. Splits of receivers, depth of DBs, depth of linebackers, how they stunt. It'll be interesting."
Players had fun talking about it.
Receiver Kendall Wright said he only looked up to see it once but he "heard it buzzing the whole time."
And safety Da'Norris Searcy said it made him feel like he was in a video game.
"Looking at it while I was on the practice field, it was like something out of 'Call of Duty,'" he said. "You know it's up there, you can hear it a little bit. I am eager to see what the up-high angle looks like."