NFL punter dons Google Glass during practice


NAPA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe is using Google Glass to give football fans an inside look at an NFL training camp.

Kluwe has posted six videos to his YouTube page since getting his hands on Google Glass. The videos show practice at the Raiders’ training camp in Napa, Calif., from Kluwe’s point of view.

Footage shows Kluwe catching and returning a punt, returning a kickoff and holding for kicker Sebastian Janikowski. He then turns the glasses over to Janikowski so the kicker can try for a few field goals.

Kluwe isn’t the first to experiment with Glass on the training field, although his videos do provide viewers with a unique inside look at training camps. The St. Louis Rams have experimented with Glass during the preseason to give coaches a better idea of what players are seeing on the field.

Rams general manager Les Snead even saw potential in Glass technology being embedded in players’ helmets to allow fans to see what a player saw during a given play.

For Kluwe’s part, he gives insight during the videos about punting techniques and what is going through his head as he kicks.

Kluwe averaged 45 yards per punt last season and had a 39.7-yard net average. He had played with the Minnesota Vikings for eight seasons before being released and signing with the Raiders in May 2013.

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