Remote Controlled Dummies Help Indianapolis Colts Punt Returners Concentrate

Remote control tackling dummies are one element in the future of football practice.

One of the most nerve-racking positions in football has to be punt returner. What is scarier than moving alone to catch a ball a mile in the air while almost a dozen big strong people are running at full speed determined to take you down?

Not knowing how close your opponents are and how hard they are going to hit you can cause you to muff the catch. Dropping the ball can lead to a lost offensive possession, a score for the other team and a really angry coach.

But that won't be happening to the Indianapolis Colts' returners, because they have found a way to simulate the distractions that occur during punts. After taking the week off with a bye, the team was back at practice Monday and using a remote-control tackling dummy to attack returners while they try to catch the ball.

This is a great drill to calm the nerves of returners and help them make successful catches under pressure.

The Colts aren't the only team using this dummy; other teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers have used this technology for tackling and pursuit drills.

Though the dummy is a soft pad, it can reportedly get up to speed around a 4.8-second 40-Yard Dash.

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