Odell Beckham Jr. says he’ll be at Cleveland Browns mandatory minicamp
Odell Beckham Jr. has not be seen often at the Cleveland Browns facilities this offseason, but that is set to change next week during mandatory minicamp.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said Friday night that he will be attending the team’s mandatory minicamp, starting on June 3. Beckham responded to an Instagram comment, saying, “I’ll be there on the 3rd.”
Although the expectation was that he would attend the Browns’ mandatory minicamp, Beckham’s absence from the Browns offseason program so far has created some questions of if he would definitely be attending.
Beckham has not been to most of Cleveland’s voluntary portion of the offseason program, attending only two days of the workouts and practices. Instead, he has been working out on his own.
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The Browns have said they knew Beckham’s plan and were fine with him not being around the building for the entirety of the team’s voluntary workouts and practices. But on Thursday, head coach Freddie Kitchens made it seem like he was hoping to have seen Beckham more at this point of the offseason.
When Kitchens was asked what he had hoped to see from Beckham during mandatory minicamp, he stated he just wanted to see Beckham. He then said that Beckham had missed “a lot” during the voluntary practices and said he missed “the offense.”
When Browns offensive coordinator Todd Monken met with the media last week, he said the Browns were planning on having most of the offense installed by the end of OTA’s. If that is the case, perhaps that is why Kitchens seemed to be frustrated about not having Beckham in the building.
Even with Beckham attending mandatory minicamp, the Browns will not have their entire starting offense on the field for the practices. Jarvis Landry is not expected to practice during the three days because of a minor injury he has been nursing.
The Cleveland Browns will hope that Beckham will be able to jump right into the offense like he has been there the entire offseason. This is not the first time Beckham has missed portions of an offseason program in his career and his performance has usually not been hindered by the time away from the team, so this time should not be any different.