Odell Beckham Jr. expected to attend Browns’ OTAs this week
Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to attend and participate in his first offseason activity with the Cleveland Browns since the team acquired him in March, according to sources.
The Browns’ OTA schedule consists of 10 days of practices over the next three weeks, with the first session scheduled for Tuesday. Attendance at all sessions are on a voluntary basis.
OTA practices are scheduled this week Tuesday through Thursday, with additional OTAs slated for May 21-23 and May 28-31.
It’s unclear at this point whether Beckham will attend all 10 sessions. The Browns also have a three-day mandatory minicamp slated for June.
Last month, Beckham went on a social media binge to fire back at perceived slights and respond to criticism. The enigmatic wide receiver specifically took issue with an ESPN Cleveland columnist’s snarky open letter addressed to him, in which he’s called out for being a no-show at a voluntary minicamp.
Browns general manager John Dorsey previously downplayed Beckham’s potential absences from the voluntary portion of the team’s offseason program. Browns first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens — who expressed an extreme fondness for Beckham earlier this offseason — also declined to make it an issue.
The Browns appear to be making a concerted effort to make Beckham’s transition to a new team as seamless as possible. Given the wide receiver occasionally has been cast as a potentially disruptive locker room presence, playing it safe by not highlighting any absences from voluntary offseason activities may help get things off on the right foot. Beckham’s expected attendance this weeks at OTAs certainly helps that along as well.