Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. responds to criticism of his voluntary minicamp absence
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has responded to criticisms of his voluntary minicamp absence.
Beckham responded to ESPN Cleveland analyst Tony Grossi’s blog. Grossi lashed out at Beckham for not appearing at the Browns’ voluntary minicamp this week.
Training ! Thanks for your concerns! 😁
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) April 24, 2019
In his open letter to Beckham, Grossi emphasized the importance of the wide receiver’s presence.
You have 50 new teammates you’ve never played with, a bunch of few coaches, and a new offense everyone is supposed to be learning together. Everyone but you. Don’t you feel a responsibility to be there?
(Browns head coach) Freddie Kitchens has talked about building the trust, building the respect, begins right now. That is what’s important this time of year.
We know you’re in great physical condition. Frankly, I’m a little concerned about your mental condition.
Grossi also cited New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman (who traded Beckham to the Browns last month) in his blog.
You being away from the minicamp and the offseason program is a bad optic. You’re actually making the Giants and Gettleman look good. They’re over there saying, ‘See? That’s why we traded him.’
For his part, Browns general manager John Dorsey said Beckham knows what he’s doing, per Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
I think he’s an experienced enough player that he will understand what he has to do to put himself in the best position and put this team in the best position.
Cabot also quotes Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens, who earlier said he wouldn’t “hold a grudge” against Beckham for his part-time involvement in the voluntary minicamp.
The clear takeaway: even if some people are criticizing Beckham, Dorsey and Kitchens have his back. They’re confident Beckham will show up for training camp in great shape.
With that in mind, Browns fans can’t wait for the three-time Pro Bowler to put on a show during the 2019 NFL season.