Browns’ Freddie Kitchens has no problem with Odell Beckham Jr. missing voluntary workouts
New Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is choosing not to attend the team’s voluntary offseason program. Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens would obviously rather have the superstar wideout in the building. But he’s clearly not concerned with OBJ’s absence.
“I would rather for him to be here than not here, but I understand why,” Kitchens said in his Saturday press conference per Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “I talk to Odell every day. He knows what we are doing offensively every day. …
“Now, it benefits, and it is better for us to have them here us being a new staff, but if we can’t have him ready to play when he shows up, they need to find a new head coach, and they need to find a new position coach. He will be ready to play. Don’t worry about that. I’m sure you are, but don’t worry about it.”
Kitchens also brought up the point that recent Defensive Player of the Year winners Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald have both missed offseason workouts in past years and still came back playing elite-level football.
Of course, an important difference in OBJ’s situation in Cleveland is that he’s on a brand new team with a brand new coaching staff. He needs time to get accustomed to his new surroundings, and it would be nice to get all of that done sooner rather than later.
But Beckham and the Browns still have a lot of time to get on the same page. After all, it’s still just the voluntary portion of the offseason.
Beckham is more than free to work out on his own for the time being. There’s no reason to believe that he’s not going to put in the time in the gym, so there’s really no problem to worry about.