Phillip Wilson of IndyStar wrote a story about the helmet with the first comments from players about it. Wilson has uncovered some interesting players that may be donning the helmet, even if in practice;
Defensive end Dwight Freeney tried one Monday for about 30 minutes. Tight end Dallas Clark, who has had multiple concussions in his career, has been fitted. So, too, have center Jeff Saturday and offensive lineman Ryan Diem.
“Clark loved it,” said Simpson, who is in a partnership with accomplished auto racing team owner Chip Ganassi on the venture. “It’s significantly better in impacts than what they have been using.”
Clark and Saturday are interesting players thinking about the helmet, they have been recent converts to the Xenith brand helmet this would be another switch. I am unaware of what helmet Freeney has had in the past but Simpson now has players that were formerly in Riddell (Polamalu), Schutt (Collie) and Xenith to compare notes with.
Bill Simpson is really excited about the overall weight of the helmet, stating that a lighter helmet will have less energy and force in a collision than a heavier one. Not only will cost be an interesting development, but the actual performance on the field will be something to watch.