Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens says the first thing he’ll say to Odell Beckham Jr. is ‘I love you’
Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens has not met with incoming wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. yet, but when he does finally speak with him, the first thing he will tell Beckham is that he loves him, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
#Browns Freddie Kitchens on the first thing he’ll say to Odell Beckham Jr.: “I love you”
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 26, 2019
That’s certainly a nice, straightforward way to get things started.
The Browns acquired Beckham in a trade with the New York Giants earlier this month, sending a first-round pick, a third-rounder, and young safety Jabrill Peppers to the Giants in exchange for the star wide out.
Beckham is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played in 12 games and hauled in 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns. He missed the final four games of the season due to a quad injury.
The 26-year-old, who played his collegiate football at LSU, was originally selected by New York in the first round (12th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He proceeded to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons with the club, immediately stamping his name among the best receivers in the league.
However, the last two years, Beckham has played in just 16 games combined due to injury issues. He has also exhibited some attitude issues while engaging in some questionable off-the-field behavior which clearly aggravated the Giants.
Kitchens is entering his first year as Cleveland’s head coach himself. He began the 2018 campaign as the team’s running backs coach, and was then promoted to offensive coordinator midway through the season after the Browns made sweeping coaching changes.
Cleveland then decided to promote Kitchens to the role of head coach after the 2018 season, choosing to let interim head coach Gregg Williams go.