Kern wasn’t snapping something on his iPad to post on Facebook at Tennessee Titans practice. He was taping a Bonani kick from close range on a new app the Titans' special teams just started playing with called, Ubersense Coach: Slow Motion Video.
An iPad would record fewer than 30 frames per second. Ubersense allows you to record 120 frames per second.
At this point it’s mere experimenting, but Bonani said he was looking forward to seeing super close-ups in slow motion from front, side and back angles to help him examine his technique.
“It’s a lot closer than it is when you have the camera from up top,” Bonani said. “You can really see at contact and before what your body is doing, what your approach is like -- it’s going to help us both out, the kickers and the punters.”
The Titans haven’t put a big emphasis on their kicking competition between Bonani and undrafted rookie Travis Coons yet. Ken Whisenhunt has talked about a progression.
Thursday in a full special teams period, each kicker hit from 33 and 38 yards and missed from 46.
Whisenhunt isn’t too concerned about practice performance.
“I’m only worried about when we get to games and seeing where we are in those when it’s a kick at the end of a game or a critical situation before a half,” he said. “Then we’ll really get a chance to see it, hopefully.”
Bonani said his coaches know what they are doing with the buildup toward games with field goals and kickoffs, and that he and Coons will be ready for the things that will determine who wins the job.
As for his miss from 46, he said it was an aiming mistake in a breeze and he missed by a foot.
“It’s aggravating to miss, it’s my first time missing in front of the team, in front of the staff,” he said. “I have 100 percent confidence in myself that if I had another kick today I would have made it.”