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Bengals travel plans highly organized

CINCINNATI (Perry Schaible) -- Bengals equipment manager Jeff Brickner and his team start planning for the first pre-season game as soon as the schedule is released.

"When you're several thousand miles away from home you have to make sure that everything is in that locker room that you need," said Brickner.
 
The job starts at home as the helmets have already been molded, shoes are stretched and creased as needed. On travel day, each player gets a list of items they need to pack in their individual bag. Items are checked off one by one to make sure nothing is missing.
 
Bengals safety Taylor Mays said, "We get there, and it's kind of like a show, everything is set up...from cleats to shoes to laces to headbands. And, it's kind of neatly organized in your locker, kind of something like your mom would do for you."
 
It takes about 40 equipment guys to take care of the 90 players on the pre-season roster. Bags are loaded onto the dock and eventually put into a truck headed for the airport.
 
How do they get it all done? Brickner follows a tagline once used by coach Marvin Lewis, 'do your job.'

"I think about it every day," said Brickner. "How can I make sure you look through your lens and how can you perfect what you do a little better and make it more efficient? So that way you're not wasting time throughout the day. And, once again, so you can help these guys out...guess treat us pretty well."
 
He says the number one job is the safety of the players and making sure they go out onto the field in their Sunday best.

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