The Dallas Cowboys are using a special football in practice during the team's OTAs.
Thanks to the company, HIGH and TIGHT, the Cowboys are using special-made footballs that whistle when the ball is properly secured, "high and tight," by a ball carrier.
The running backs and, specifically, Ohio State rookie Ezekiel Elliott, are using the special footballs to help with their ball security.
Elliott explained to ESPN's Todd Archer why he likes the balls:
“When you have the football in the perfect position with all the points covered and tight to your body, it sings to you,” Elliott said. “When it stops singing, you know you’re doing something wrong. So you want to make sure it’s singing the whole time. Those balls just came out this year, so it’s a new ball that I’ve never worked with. At Ohio State, they had bats instead. They used to hit us with bats, so I like this better.”
Fumbling was rarely an issue for Elliott during his time at Ohio State.
Dallas hopes that will continue with the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL.