Seeing Beckham snag balls in the Browns colors felt long overdue. OBJ’s absence from OTAs has been well documented, but it looks like he’s having no problem gaining some chemistry with Baker Mayfield.
Beckham was the crown jewel acquisition of a busy offseason for the Browns. He’s an All-Pro caliber pass-catcher and will help bring the offense in Cleveland to a new level.
Cleveland gave up a first and third round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers to land OBJ from the New York Giants.
Since entering the NFL in 2014, Beckham ranks third in targets per game (10.5), fourth in receptions per game (6.6), third in receiving yards per game (92.8) and third in receiving touchdowns (44).
Beyond the stats, his one-handed grab in 2015 is one of the best in NFL history.
Another big name brought over in the offseason was running back Kareem Hunt. He got in on the action as well at practice.
Hunt is suspended for the first eight games of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Hunt, who previously played for the Kansas City, was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list last fall following news that he was involved in an altercation with a woman at a Cleveland hotel.
“I got to earn people’s trust back and my actions are going to show,” Hunt told reporters at the team’s first set of OTAs.
On the field, Hunt’s numbers are gaudy. In his first two seasons, the Toledo product racked up 2,151 rushing yards, 833 receiving yards and fumbled just once — which came on his first career carry.
OBJ Attends Minicamp
After missing all but one of the Browns OTAs sessions — which were optional — Beckham was in attendance for minicamp.
Jarvis Landry, who spoke to the media on Tuesday, was happy to see his college teammate.
“He wanted to be here, he was just taking his time to make sure his body was right,” Landry said. “We are all happy to see him.”
While his head coach Freddie Kitchens said that Beckham “a lot” by not attending OTAs, he previously appeared to be OK with OBJ getting his body — and mind — right.
“There’s no problem with Odell not being here,” Kitchens said earlier this month. “I’d rather him be here. He’s not here. It’s voluntary. That’s what the word voluntary means. He can decide to come or he can’t.
“But under no circumstance am I going to say that I’m pissed off at Odell for not being here. He’ll be ready to play and ultimately that’s the only thing I want, for him to be ready to play when we start kicking off in September and he will be — I promise you.”