Giants safety Collins kicked Oreo habit to get into shape

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If the New York Giants safety Landon Collins looks trimmer in 2016, it's because he made a drastic change in his diet.

The second-year player has shed the pounds after his position coach David Merritt told him he needed to lose weight.

Collins revealed he did so by gitting rid of the cookies in his pantry.

"Oreos. Vanilla Oreos. That was my biggest weakness. A whole pack in at least an hour and a half," he told the New York Post.

"You have to change your eating habits. My eating habits last year were worse than they are now."

Collins is listed as weighing 225lbs by the NFL, but Merritt told him to trim down if he wanted to become one of the league's leading safeties.

"I told him: 'If you want to become one of the elite safeties in the league you are going to have to at least get between 212 and 216 [pounds].''' said Merritt.

"He texted me, it is funny, and he said: 'Coach, I am at 216.' I said: 'Great, keep it up.'

"So far, Landon has been a breath of fresh air versus the young man from last year."