Disclaimer: Odell Beckham is within his right to skip voluntary OTAs.
So, the Browns can’t punish him for doing exactly that. They can only beg he eventually shows up, as mandatory minicamp begins next week.
“I just want to see him,” head coach Freddie Kitchens told reporters Thursday.
The first-year head coach’s confidence has teetered since a month ago, when he insisted Beckham would be ready for the season.
Now? Beckham has missed “a lot.”
Specifically? “The offense.”
Beckham has attended only one OTA session with his new team, two weeks ago, which was closed to the media. It was speculated he, who spent the offseason coming to terms with the blockbuster trade that sent him from New York to Cleveland in March, did not want to deal with microphones in his face. Browns wide receiver coach, Adam Henry said Thursday he’s been in constant contact with No. 13, and Beckham’s teammates have had his back.
“You let a guy like that do him,” Baker Mayfield told reporters of a Beckham no-show earlier this month. “He’s gonna do what he’s gonna do and you have to trust that’s he’s gonna do his job.”
Mayfield can only hope, for Beckham’s absence, combined with a nagging injury to Jarvis Landry, has led to the dynamite quarterback sharing reps with no-name receivers.