But the chip program appears to have a larger intent than simply research for kickers.
All 32 NFL teams were recently informed of plans to use a chip-equipped ball for all plays based in part on feedback from a number of veteran quarterbacks. They were asked to ensure that the chip-equipped football felt similar to the traditional football and that it did not act differently in the air.
For years, the NFL has been investigating the possibility of using chips in footballs to help improve the inexact science of ball placement.
Officials put the ball at the spot they believe it hits when the runner is ruled down. A chip could provide a more precise location on plays near the first-down marker. It could also help officials determine when and if the ball crossed the goal line.
Research to this point had suggested that chips were unreliable when the ball is buried in a pile of players.
For the past two years, NFL players and officials have worn RFID chips to track their location and exertion levels, among other data sets.
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