The star wide receiver took part in his first practice with his new teammates.
.@obj puttin' in workpic.twitter.com/qIqAyjDYow— Cleveland Browns (@Browns)May 14, 2019
The Odell Beckham Jr. era in Cleveland has finally reached the field.
The superstar wide receiver practiced with the Browns for the first time on Tuesday morning, a league source said before the team posted visual evidence on its social media platforms.
The first voluntary organized team activity practice under Browns coach Freddie Kitchens was closed to media Tuesday. The Browns will practice Wednesday and Thursday, too. Wednesday's session is the only one open to reporters this week.
Beckham reported to Browns headquarters Monday on the eve of OTA practices. It was the first time he had visited the facility since April 1, when he showed up for the first day of the team's voluntary offseason workout program and participated in his introductory news conference after being traded from the New York Giants in March.
Beckham had been vacationing and training on his own this offseason. He skipped the extra voluntary minicamp the NFL granted the Browns because they have a new head coach. Beckham received criticism from some fans and media members for being a no-show, but Kitchens defended the player's absence from the April 23-25 minicamp.
"Of course, I would rather him be here than not here, but I understand why," Kitchens said April 27. "I talk to Odell every day. He knows what we’re doing offensively every day."
Regardless, Beckham's arrival to Berea and participation in practice became noteworthy because he had been away.
Running back Duke Johnson did not practice with the Browns on Tuesday, a league source said. It remains to be seen if he participates in any OTAs.
Johnson has not been with the team this offseason. His agent requested a trade in March in the aftermath of the Browns signing running back Kareem Hunt on Feb. 11, but General Manager John Dorsey has repeatedly made it clear he's in no rush to deal Johnson to another team.
The Browns are scheduled to hold 10 voluntary OTA practices: Tuesday through Thursday, May 21-23 and May 28-31. Their mandatory minicamp is slated for June 4-6.
Beckham and cornerback Denzel Ward will hold youth football camps in the coming months.
Beckham's camp for boys and girls in first through eighth grade is scheduled to run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 22 at Strongsville High School. The cost is $199. Registration is required at OBJCamp.com.
Ward's camp for children in second through eighth grade is slated to be held from 6-10 p.m. June 7 at Nordonia High School. It's free. Registration is required at MTKYN.org.
WKYC Channel 3 announced it will be the local prime-time home of ESPN's Browns games through the 2021 season. The Browns will play on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" twice in 2019: Sept. 16 at the New York Jets and Oct. 7 at the San Francisco 49ers.
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