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Bears testing helmet cam to help evaluate quarterbacks

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Bears quarterback Matt Blanchard has been wearing a camera on his helmet during rookie minicamp. (AP)

Chicago Bears third string quarterback Matt Blanchard was kind of hard to miss at the team's rookie minicamp on Friday, he was the guy with a camera attached to his helmet. The team's video department mounted a small camera to the left side of Blanchard's helmet to give the coaching staff a new way to evaluate the second-year quarterback.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the hope is that the film from the helmet cam will provide the coaching staff with useful film that will show what exactly a quarterback's seeing as a play develops.

Blanchard, who signed with the Bears in May 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin-Whitewater, is hoping to make the active roster this season after spending most of 2012 on the Bears' practice squad.

If first-year Chicago coach Marc Trestman finds the footage from the helmet cam useful, you may eventually see other Bears quarterbacks like Jay Cutler and Josh McCown wearing it for a practice or two.

The helmet cam isn't a completely new idea in the NFL. Former Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola wore one during a June minicamp with St. Louis last season while Eagles quarterback Michael Vick wore one in practice leading up to the January 2011 Pro Bowl.

Keep your eye on everything NFL by following John Breech on Twitter @JohnBreech.

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