Monarc Seeker helps football players train
GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Packers had an equipment malfunction earlier in training camp and now are trying something new.
Matt LaFleur never holds back when it comes to things not being good enough -- coaches, players or equipment.
"Well, we're in the market for a new jugs machine. So if anybody has one out there," said LaFleur. "I've never seen anything like that. That thing was ridiculous. Couldn't get the ball to turnover and it's damn near impossible to catch."
The head coach spoke, and the Packers listened. Just weeks later, the Packers became the first NFL Team to use the Monarc Sports Seeker. A robotic, kicker, punter and quarterback all in one. The Dallas-based company was started in 2016, and as VP of Sales, Sawyer Thiesen explains it helps teams and players on both sides of the ball train in football by being able to mimic actual routes, and speed of release from real quarterbacks.
"You can fire from this joystick or remotely from this tag up to 75 yards away," said Thiesen.
Coincidentally, safety Adrian Amos has his own seeker -- and tight end Robert Tonyan worked out with fellow NFL tight end George Kittle's in the past as well. Monarc is partnered with an ever-growing list of colleges including Big Ten schools like Iowa, Ohio State, Northwestern and Penn State.
Innovation never stops. A new way to train in 2022.