BEREA — It is time for the Browns to quit worrying about roles and touches and personal statistics and Pro Bowls.

It is time to forget about how many offseason training activities and voluntary minicamp practices Odell Beckham Jr. and Duke Johnson Jr. attended and get down to business, the chemistry business.

It is time for the divas to check their selfishness at the door.

The success of the best-built Browns team in the expansion era depends on it.

The Browns were virtually whole for the first time this offseason on Tuesday, with No. 1 receiver Beckham and running back Johnson present for the first day of the three-day mandatory minicamp. Yet Johnson reiterated his demand to be traded, saying the Browns began shopping him a month before his request, and questioned whether he’s still wanted and not just a fill-in until Kareem Hunt returns from an eight-game suspension.

“To be fair, I’ve heard it before,” Johnson said.

Whether he meant to or not, Johnson sounded like he was questioning the sincerity of his former position coach, Freddie Kitchens, now coach. Although Johnson said it doesn’t play a part in how he feels, Johnson was likely stung by the fact that his touches didn’t increase when Kitchens was elevated to offensive coordinator after eight games in 2018. The third-down back, Johnson had 18 of his 40 rushes with Kitchens calling the plays and 27 of his 47 catches.

Second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield was not pleased with Johnson’s stance and fired back with comments that could apply to all.

“Obviously, he’s going to handle his stuff how he wants, but you’re either on this train or you’re not,” Mayfield said. “It’s moving. You can get out of the way or you can join us.”

Years from now, that may be the comment we remember and the day we remember when Mayfield took command of the Browns. But Kitchens knows all the Browns might not be on board yet.

“If they’re not ready to do that yet, they will be because we’re going to be about the team,” Kitchens said. “I think everybody to a man would say that. When you ask somebody what their goal is and they tell you … and you ask them if they’re willing to pay the price to get there and they say yes, then I expect them to pay the price. That’s part of the price because those are their words, not mine. When they tell you that, I believe ’em until they show me differently. It’s about winning and it’s about the team, it’s not about yourself.”

In his first year as a head coach at any level, Kitchens’ challenge is as much about managing strong personalities and getting that message across as it is finding the best ways to use the Browns’ talent.

Not only will Kitchens have to deal with Johnson, at least until General Manager John Dorsey finds a trade partner who will give him what he seeks, but Kitchens also will have to find enough catches for Landry and Beckham, Louisiana natives and former LSU teammates who have been friends since their junior year in high school.

In their five seasons, Landry has averaged 96 catches and five touchdowns, Beckham 78 catches and nearly nine touchdowns. Landry believes they can accept lower numbers, as long as the opportunities are there.

“I think there are going to be opportunities. Ultimately, the goal at the end of the day is to win each game, regardless of how it's done,” Landry said. “Is there a sense of pride where you want to be the guy that made the plays? Absolutely. I'd be lying if I said there wasn't. But I think we have the right group of men with the right attitudes that it will allow us to not fall in the pride trap of who's catching the touchdowns or who's catching the balls.”

If the Browns fail to handle high expectations and struggle to start the season, the “pride trap” could scuttle the chemistry Kitchens wants to build, even with a strong leader like Mayfield as the enforcer. In that case, the divas will win, not the Browns.

Marla Ridenour can be reached at mridenour@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Browns blog at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MRidenourABJ.