January 30, 2015
The NFL is trying out a new type of jersey.
The players were outfitted with Pro Bowl jerseys made from a new material Reebok is testing and believes can improve athletic performance.
The "stretch mesh" jerseys are nearly 20 percent lighter than
the standard NFL jersey and aim to allow for more range of motion,
better ventilation and temperature control.
If all goes well, a number of teams will use the material next
The jerseys are also supposed to provide better fit and comfort,
but don't tell that to New York Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins.
The 6-foot-4, 349-pound Jenkins first put on his AFC jersey for
photo day and practice Friday, and it appeared two XL sizes too
small, looking more like a crop top.
"I've been holding my breath since the pictures," Jenkins