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Baker Mayfield downplays Odell Beckham’s OTA absence

Baker Mayfield has shrugged off Odell Beckham Jr.’s absence from Wednesday’s OTA session, saying the two already got in plenty of work this week.

Much is being made about Beckham skipping out of the Cleveland Browns’ second OTA session of the week. Mayfield, however, views the situation from a different perspective.

As noted by NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala, Mayfield said it was “great” having Beckham around on Monday and Tuesday.

Mayfield added that he has not encouraged Beckham one way or the other regarding future appearances during the Browns’ offseason program.

The Browns’ OTA schedule consists of a total 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 were scheduled this week Tuesday through Thursday, with additional OTAs slated for May 21-23 and May 28-31.

It’s unclear at this point what is Beckham’s plan going forward, though it would be encouraging for the Browns if he attended the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp slated for June.

Browns general manager John Dorsey previously downplayed Beckham’s potential absences from the voluntary portion of the team’s offseason program, as did first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens, who also expressed an extreme fondness for Beckham upon the wideout’s acquisition.

Mayfield, meanwhile, also on Wednesday alluded to how the wide receiver is known for being occasionally enigmatic and mercurial along with possessing incredible talent.

“You let a guy like that be him..,” Mayfield said. “You trust he’s going to be there when we need him.”