The NFL has been adamant that player safety has always been at the top of the list of priorities. That's why the league has introduced guardian caps for training camp practice sessions. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin recently explained why he is fully behind the helmet change.
Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp
Tomlin stressed that one of the most important parts of his job is keeping his players safe. Guardian caps are a helmet attachment that help reduce contact to the head and keeps players cool in hot climates. The padded outer shell also keeps helmets ready for game day by reducing wear and tear.
League mandates are requiring teams to use guardian caps for every preseason practice between the start of the training camp contact period and the second preseason game. That specifically includes the tight end, offensive lineman, defensive lineman, and linebacker positions.
The Steelers are already having every players use them on a daily basis, though. Tomlin has jumped right into the new rule and stated back in minicamp that it is a "non-issue" for the team. Anything he can do to put his players in a better position to succeed, he is going to do with no hesitation.
It'll be interesting to see if the protective caps help players stay healthy and prevent concussions prior to the start of the regular season. For now, Pittsburgh has odds set at +330 to make the NFL Playoffs and odds set at +7000 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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