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07:04 AM ET 08.06 | With designs already to build a futuristic new stadium, Atlanta also has designs on tacking technology onto its current team. The Falcons have recently signed with Catapult, an Australian company, to provide them with GPS athlete tracking technology. The devices are used by seven other NFL teams to monitor athlete movement and they let the team know how hard each player is working. The information from the device likely led the Falcons to pulling wide receiver Julio Jones out of practice against he Bengals on Monday. Falcons coach Mike Smith said Jones' was reduced to limited status for precautionary reasons.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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August 6, 2013  07:08 AM ET

*Goes back into cave*

August 6, 2013  07:26 AM ET

The Pats should have had this for Aaronthal Hernandez.

August 6, 2013  07:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Pats should have had this for Aaronthal Hernandez.

Aaronthal J. Hernandez ????

August 6, 2013  07:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Pats should have had this for Aaronthal Hernandez.

I think it tracks their health.... Not sure if it tracks Double Murders, to be.

August 6, 2013  07:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think it tracks their health.... Not sure if it tracks Double Murders, to be.

Should have attached it to his friends then.

August 6, 2013  08:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Pats should have had this for Aaronthal Hernandez.

Oooooh, that's a good one.

August 6, 2013  08:05 AM ET

Can you imagine the geeks in a bunker beneath the stadium, with all this high-tech surveillance gear watching the players?

And there, on a square grid of the city, we can watch little player icons running around from one strip club to another, avoiding "the Fuzz" and scoring. By George, we're back to playing PacMan with the real PacMan.

August 6, 2013  08:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Should have attached it to his friends then.

"Associates".... Careful there.

August 6, 2013  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think it tracks their health.... Not sure if it tracks Double Murders, to be.

Research and Development...

August 6, 2013  08:28 AM ET

You can catch Osi at all hours on his Stationary Bike!!!

August 6, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Some of you people better hope your bosses do not learn about this new technology.

August 6, 2013  08:38 AM ET

We're all screwed!

August 6, 2013  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Can you imagine the geeks in a bunker beneath the stadium, with all this high-tech surveillance gear watching the players?And there, on a square grid of the city, we can watch little player icons running around from one strip club to another, avoiding "the Fuzz" and scoring. By George, we're back to playing PacMan with the real PacMan.

It would be more like Grand Theft Auto with the players these days.

August 6, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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It would be more like Grand Theft Auto with the players these days.

no doubt!

August 6, 2013  08:57 AM ET

I wonder if Haynesworth could have made the new device register anything? You know, like bars on a cell phone.

August 6, 2013  09:01 AM ET

What do you say to your 310 lb.All Pro DT who scores higher in the cafeteria line than on the practice field? " Take it easy on them hoagies, you could pull a hammy?"

August 6, 2013  09:01 AM ET
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Some of you people better hope your bosses do not learn about this new technology.

Too late.

August 6, 2013  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Some of you people better hope your bosses do not learn about this new technology.

I don't think it's a question about whether companies know about this technology. It's a question of whether they're worried about the whereabouts of individual associates after hours (e.g. how crucial is the individual to the company and how public facing is the company) and whether they can afford to use the technology.

August 6, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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I wonder if Haynesworth could have made the new device register anything? You know, like bars on a cell phone.

Totally flat-lined, I'm sure.

 
August 6, 2013  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I don't think it's a question about whether companies know about this technology. It's a question of whether they're worried about the whereabouts of individual associates after hours (e.g. how crucial is the individual to the company and how public facing is the company) and whether they can afford to use the technology.

It is a device that they stick to your back below the neck. Tells you how far and fast and in what direction a player moves. This too shall pass when they find out it does more harm than good. They could just watch the player to see who can play the game and who cannot.

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