Browns Reporter: Kitchens "Sent A Message" To OBJ

Freddie Kitchens called out Odell Beckham Jr. on Thursday

Tiki and Tierney
May 31, 2019 - 11:36 am
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Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens called out Odell Beckham Jr. on Thursday, unhappy that his star wide receiver has been absent for most of Cleveland’s voluntary OTAs.

“I think Freddie knew full well what he was saying when he finally admitted that, yeah, Odell not being here for any of the OTAs – he’s been here for one of the nine, and then he missed the whole voluntary minicamp,” cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot said on Tiki & Tierney. “So when you factor in those 12 team practices they’ve had so far, he’s only made one of those. I think that Freddie really did send a message to say, ‘This really isn’t ideal. This isn’t what we really want.’ He did seem kind of irked about it.”

When asked what OBJ has missed thus far, Kitchens said “A lot. The offense.”

“They had eight installs, and those finished up this week,” Cabot said. “They finished installing the entire new offense this week, and that’s what makes this different. You’ve got a player who is supposed to be trying to learn a new offense, not to mention a new offensive coordinator, a new head coach, a new quarterback and all new receivers.”

If it seems bold for Kitchens to call out OBJ publicly, especially when he’s never played a down for him, well, it is. But there might be a method to the madness.

“Freddie knows he has to get Odell on his side,” Cabot said. “He has to gain his trust and his confidence before he can get Odell to start doing things for him. But today, I think he finally realized I’ve got to send a different kind of message.”

And Cabot loved it.

“I loved that press conference,” she said. “I thought he said all the right things. He was amazing. It was soundbite after soundbite, and I really, really enjoyed it and bought into it. I was fired up for Browns fans that they had somebody like that sitting up there speaking like that.”