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Drones, virtual reality and Pylon Cams: Cutting-edge tech gets an NFL tryout

Drones, virtual reality and Pylon Cams: Cutting-edge tech gets an NFL tryout

He has been coach of the New York Giants since 2004 and has two Super Bowl rings to show for it, but only this summer did Tom Coughlin gain an entirely different perspective on the NFL.

One from 50 feet overhead.

In a whirring reminder that technology marches on, the Giants used a three-pound drone to hover during a mini-camp and shoot an overhead view of practice. The team's video crew practiced with the device for three weeks before flying the DJI Phantom 3 over the players and coaches.

Coughlin, 69, who began his coaching career in a world filled with flattops, not laptops, wasn't ready to make a judgment when asked about the usefulness of the drone.

"It is...

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