The Cleveland Browns wrapped up their volutnary OTA’s and are heading into mandatory minicamp, but who were the biggest winners and losers during OTA’s?
The Cleveland Browns and their voluntary OTA practices this offseason were met with more buzz than what they are used to. That is mainly because the lack of attendance from wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham attended the first OTA session, but was not seen for the other nine practices. Although it was known he would not be with the team for the entire offseason program, it was surprising how little he was with the team.
Beckham was not the only player who did not attend most of the Browns’ OTA’s, as running back Duke Johnson missed the entirety of the OTA sessions. After requesting a trade in April, Johnson has not been around the team at all this offseason.
Their absences have allowed players to have increased reps they would not have had if Johnson and Beckham were practicing. So it has allowed players a chance to stand out and make their presence known before training camp rolls around.
Also, with a mostly new coaching staff, there are several players who are getting chances they did not receive with the prior coaching staff. New packages and schemes are also giving more players opportunities.
The Browns OTA’s may have been headlined by Beckham not showing up, but there are several other stories that came out of the voluntary practices, and these stories could play a role in the 2019 season.
There were several players who seem to have an opportunity to jump into a bigger role for the 2019 season because of a strong set of OTA practices. But there are also several players who are going to have turn things around during mandatory minicamp and training camp if they want to have the roles they expected in 2019.
Here is a look at the biggest winners and losers from the Cleveland Browns’ 2019 OTA practices, starting with arguably the biggest winner.