Receivers, placed in the players' shoulder pads, will work in tandem with radio frequency identification transmitters to turn player movement into meaningful measurements.
The league, in its announcement Thursday, said that it hopes being able to track distance and speed will not only enhance the fan experience but allow the teams to learn more about their players from a competitive standpoint.
The NFL said the RFID technology will be installed in the home stadiums of the 15 teams (Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, New England, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington) that will host Thursday Night Football this year, as well as Detroit and New Orleans.
The league is doing this in partnership with tracking company Zebra Technologies, whose business tracks everything from player movements to hospital patients to police tickets.
Tracking Devices To Enhance Player Stats
Darren Rovell discusses a plan by the NFL to use tracking devices placed in players' pads that will help improve the gathering of player statistics.