PITTSFORD -- During last summer's training camp, Preston Brown shared one of his snacking secrets, which sounded a bit odd in a business where supreme physical conditioning is supposed to be the standard.
The Buffalo Bills' linebacker flashed a mischievous smile as he told reporters about wearing a hoodie under his jersey that had a pocket in which he stored gummies. It would allow him to consume handfuls of the sugary treats during practice with no one being the wiser.
That was how things were done in the anything-goes-world of Rex Ryan.
In the Sean McDermott regime, where accountability is high and details -- such as the type of fuel players put into their bodies -- matter, Brown's gummy binges are a thing of the past. Or so Brown says.
"No candy in practice no more, none of the little stuff like that," Brown said. "I got a chef now. I’m trying to eat healthy – a lot of green stuff.
"It’s been different, just trying to make sure my body can maintain through the whole season."
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Brown is substituting the gummies with chewing gum. "Hopefully, sugar-free gum if I can find some," he said.
Brown also said he has been doing more running than ever. After meetings end in the early evening, he will usually leave the St. John Fisher campus to go to a nearby LA Fitness and run on a treadmill for about three miles "just to get some extra conditioning in."
He has placed a fairly firm hold on the starting middle linebacker spot, while Reggie Ragland, who is attempting a comeback from major knee surgery stemming from a season-ending injury he suffered in last year's camp, works with the second team.