The New England Patriots have confirmed that they are experimenting with helmet cameras during pre-season.

Bill Belichick is renowned as a coach who likes to try and gain an edge, and the franchise were seriously reprimanded in 2007 for the ‘spygate’ controversy, which involved the filming of the New York Jets’ defensive coaching signals.

Whilst that was in breach of NFL rules, the use of helmet cams in training certainly isn’t, and whilst Belichick isn’t sure on how useful it will be to the Pats, he’s willing to give it a try.

"It's something we haven't done before, so we'll take a look at it and see how effective it is or what we can get out of it," the Patriots head-coach is quoted as saying on

"I'm not sure exactly how effective that will or won't be, but it's something we're trying that's a little bit new. We'll see how it goes."

The decision to use a helmet camera is an interesting one, with the footage from Tom Brady moving around in the pocket sure to be a tool that any up-and-coming quarterback would want to use and utilise.

Whether it helps the man himself, or someone like Tim Tebow, remains to be seen, but the AFC East favourites will look to gain any advantage they can ahead of another crack at the Vince Lombardi trophy.

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