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Does Odell Beckham Jr. missing a lot from Browns OTAs really

Browns coach Freddie Kitchens suddenly does not seem so content with Odell Beckham Jr's absence from Cleveland's organized team activities. Asked Thursday what the newly acquired star wide receiver has mi sed while he has skipped eight of nine voluntary OTA se sions over the last few weeks, Kitchens' answer was blunt.

“A lot the offense,” the Alvin Kamara Hoodies Sweatshirts first-year coach said, Mary Kay Cabot of


The Browns have one OTA se sion left, scheduled for Friday, before they break ahead of next week's mandatory minicamp. Kitchens, 44, had brushed off the 26-year-old wideout' Desmond Trufant Jerseys s absence from practices as “no problem.” The coach's answer Thursday when asked what he wants to see from Beckham when the receiverpresumably shows up for mandatory minicamp, matter-of-factly:”I just want to see him.''

Even thoughBeckham has mi sed “a lot” as Kitchens says theseOTAs are not theperiod when the team's entire offense is constructed. Because, in the NFL, that technically never happens.

Sure, the basics of Cleveland's offense might have been installed over the last month. Kitchens earlier in Thursday said, “the base of everything we're going to be doing is probably in. You gotta have a base to start with, and we've done a good job of manufacturing KeiVarae Russell Jerseys that.”

But NFL offenses evolve throughout a given season, and some of the best teams are able to establish new schemes on a week-to-week basis. For the same reason the majority of plays run in preseason games are rarely or never used in the regular season why would the team reveal these designsto soon-to-be-cut players? what's being run in OTAs is simply a shell, a template on which the offense will eventually be built.

This isn't to say OBJ's decision to skip almost all of Cleveland's OTAsis inconsequential. A couple weeks ago, after Beckham was praised for his lone OTA appearance, SN contributor and former NFL team executive Jeff Diamond explained why the receiver's absence Ethan Greenidge Jerseys should be considered alarming.


“Yes, these are voluntary workouts and practice se sions,” .”But when I was a team exec, I wanted our players to attend all phases the initial period of strength and conditioning work followed by the on-field OTAs and any voluntary or mandatory minicampsfor a Michael Thomas T Shirts reason. I'm a big believer in the value of offseason programs as a component of team-building, strength/conditioning and mastering the team's schemes in concert with teammates.

“And when a player is new to a team, as is the case for the 26-year-old Beckham, it is extra important for him to attend all team activities.”

Kitchens on Thursday said he expects to see Beckham at the facility next week, but only Tre'Quan Smith Jerseys because that minicamp is mandatory.

Chances are Kitchens and Beckham will be fine once the receiver, who was traded from New York to Cleveland in March, is with the team and learning “the offense.” But the coach on Thursday did show his first sign of frustration with Beckham's hiatus.


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