Packers G Lucas Patrick is one of six linemen scheduled to wear the VICIS Zero2 Trench this seasonGETTY IMAGES
VICIS has "invented a helmet designed for offensive and defensive linemen," the VICIS Zero2 Trench, with "at least six NFL starters wearing the first position-specific helmet ever made," according to Peter King of NBCSPORTS.com. Packers G Lucas Patrick will "be one of the six scheduled to wear the Trench, designed to put additional streamlined padding at the lineman’s forehead and hairline, where the repetitive, play-after-play contact with the opposition happens most often." Patrick said, "It’s designed to mitigate those repetitive hits we always get. I got one brain. ... I plan to play as long as I can, so I’m going to do everything I can to preserve the brain I have.” King wrote all helmet manufacturers have "been in a race to design position-specific helmets." VICIS VP/Product Development Jason Neubauer said that "designing one for linemen first of all made the most sense." One, because of "the volume of players," as there are "more offensive and defensive linemen than any position group or groups on the field." And two, because "the hits to linemen happen in mostly the same place." VICIS installed "light and pliable padding where linemen take the most punishment." The company emphasizes "light-weight in its design, because players don’t want helmets any heavier than they already wear." As of Friday, Neubauer said that 30 of 32 teams have "ordered Trench helmets for their linemen, through there’s no guarantee they’ll all be used" (NBCSPORTS.com, 9/6).