BEREA, Ohio — Following the conclusion of organized team activities, Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. missed “a lot, the offense” by not being a consistent attendee during the voluntary portion of the offseason program.
But after the first day of mandatory minicamp at Browns headquarters in Berea Tuesday, Kitchens clarified what he meant by saying Beckham Jr. was not as far behind his teammates that went through the full offseason program as one might think.
“Odell looked good -- moved around good, in good shape, picking up the offense,” Kitchens said. “It’s voluntary. You guys take comments that I made last week and turned it into something other than what the comment actually meant. I was looking forward to seeing Odell. I truly was.
“He missed a lot -- he understands that -- but he did not miss as much as you really think because he has been studying every night just like these other guys; he just had not been here. Alright? He felt it was more compatible for his body to get in good shape and be at the best that he can be when he got here.”
Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry was one of the happiest people in the organization when the team acquired Beckham Jr. in a trade with the New York Giants back in March, as the two standout pass-catchers were close friends at LSU.
And although Landry was not on the field with Beckham Jr. Tuesday because of an undisclosed injury, he was happy to be in huddles and meetings with his longtime friend.
“We got an opportunity to spend more time learning the playbook,” Landry said. “We have a full receiver room right now, so it's good to have as many bodies as we have. It's good to have him back and have his leadership around, his presence. It's a good feeling.
“The relationship has always been there and he's been communicating back and forth with myself, coaches, Baker, so the communication part is definitely there and, again, it's good to have him back in the building and to have the receiver room feeling as competitive as it is.”
Competition is a key part of the relationship between Landry and Beckham Jr., as each man pushes the other to become better players, often by challenging each other through practices. And Landry is expecting for that competition to continue during training camp as well as the 2019 regular season.
“It's just holding each other accountable,” Landry said. “When we were at LSU. we went through days understanding we weren't having the better day of practice and, individually and as a group, that competition level, that became the standard, that became the bar.
“One of us dropped the ball at practice, the other one made sure we didn't drop a ball, that was the friendly brotherhood competition that made us who we are. It challenged us and he's going to challenge every guy in that room, not just me and vice versa. I'm excited about it. I'm excited to have it here. I can't wait until things get really going.”