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With FAA approval, Titans free to film practice with drone

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans have gotten FAA approval to use a drone to film practices, ESPN.com has confirmed.

The approval, first reported by the Nashville Post, allows the team use a drone to film only at the team’s MetroCenter facility in Nashville.

The Titans used the drone during minicamp in June, but it was then grounded as the team filed the paperwork that became necessary for official approval.

The high-angle film offers a different look at practice performance. Teams typically have elevated end zone and sideline film of practice and games, and sometimes also have cameras on the ground behind the quarterback.

The Titans' head coach at the time of the drone experiment, Ken Whisenhunt, said it was particularly helpful when assessing running back depth, wide receiver splits and line play involving synchronized stunts and the blocking of them.

Players had fun getting used to the overhead buzzing.

"Looking at it while I was on the practice field, it was like something out of 'Call of Duty,'" safety Da'Norris Searcy said during the summer. "You know it's up there, you can hear it a little bit.”

Regulations for drone use are spelled out in a complex eight-page letter from the FAA. The Nashville Post report included this link to it.