Freddie Kitchens: Odell Beckham missed ‘the offense’ by skipping OTAs
The narrative surrounding Odell Beckham Jr.’s ongoing absences from Cleveland Browns OTAs seems to be changing, as evidenced by some terse words Freddie Kitchens.
Beckham missed yet another session on Thursday, and with only one OTA remaining on the team’s offseason program calendar, it appears the Browns head coach’s patience is wearing thin.
When asked what Beckham has missed by skipping out on all but one OTA, Kitchens quipped, “A lot — the offense,” according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
The Browns’ next offseason session comes on June 4-6 with a mandatory minicamp. Kitchens was asked what he would like to see out of Beckham those three days.
“I just want to see him,” he responded.
Up until Kitchens’ candid comments, Browns management and staff — not to mention Baker Mayfield — have been toeing the company line regarding Beckham by stating regret over his no-shows but at the same time downplaying the situation as it stands.
Kitchens continued that narrative a few weeks ago, stating he “never disputed the fact that it is not important for him to be here, but it is also also important for him to be mentally ready to be here.” The first-year head coach added, however, that he’s not giving Beckham “an out by any stretch of imagination” over his absences.
There’s no indication that Beckham will skip next week’s mandatory minicamp, and the Browns seemingly expect him to attend. That said, it arguably would have helped Beckham, his teammates and the Browns coaching staff had the enigmatic wideout attended more OTAs. It seems at this point that the Browns, or at least Kitchens, has had his fill of Beckham’s no-shows.