Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens broke the information that star broad receiver Odell Beckham is coping with “somewhat one thing” that has stored him off the sector for a number of the extra strenuous components of the staff’s preseason.
Beckham didn’t take part in staff drills throughout the Browns joint observe and didn’t play towards the Washington Redskins in Week 1 of the preseason regardless of suiting up and warming up.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported that Beckham has been coping with a hip pointer, which is described by UPMC Sports activities Medication as: A deep bruise to the ridge of bone on the higher exterior of your hip. It’s typically a results of a direct blow to the hip or a tough fall.
Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot disputed that report, and later a number of stories mentioned it was a hip damage however not essentially a hip pointer.
Whereas the small print are nonetheless murky, Beckham is coping with some form of minor ailment that his restricted him up to now this preseason.
So is his quarterback Baker Mayfield frightened? It doesn’t sound prefer it.
“We’ve the next-man-up mentality,’’ Mayfield informed Cleveland.com. “Clearly, he’s going to be able to go when it’s time to play. Him sitting out and doing a few of these issues mentally is him getting used to the offense and seeing various things and listening to us speaking it. So when he comes on the market, he may be full pace and know precisely what to do. However it’s nice for these different guys to get on the market and get an opportunity to see the change of tempo. The extra guys which might be able to play with that first group the higher.”
Rashard Higgins Taking Benefit of Further Reps in Odell Beckham’s Absence
Rashard Higgins has been one of many next-men-up and has been an enormous piece of the Browns workplace with each Jarvis Landry and Beckham seeing restricted reps and sitting out the primary preseason recreation towards the Washington Redskins.
Higgins led the Browns with 5 catches for 98 yards and a landing from Mayfield towards Washington. Following the rating, Higgins celebrated his TD with a strut down the pink carpet, with tight finish David Njoku and Mayfield laying down and pretending to snap paparazzi photographs.
Mayfield has attributed a lot of the success between him and Higgins to their reps final yr with the second staff offense. He’s nonetheless constructing that with Beckham, however is aware of it’ll include time.
“I believe that’ll include time,’’ he mentioned. “I believe Higgins and I, that got here as a result of he was my man on that second-team offense final yr and all through all these reps within the offseason. So no, it’ll include time. Identical to Jarvis [Landry] and I [were able to ensure our] chemistry grew as effectively.”
Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Have Had Loads of Time to Develop Bond
Whereas Beckham has been considerably restricted up to now, he’s accomplished heaps to get on the identical web page along with his new quarterback. And whereas they nonetheless should show what they will do on the sector collectively in a dwell recreation scenario, it appears they’ve had no downside meshing off of it.
“When you might have a man like that, you by no means need to let him down,” Beckham mentioned when requested about his quarterback. “There’s a purpose he was the primary choose. I simply let him inform me what he thinks I ought to do and I’m simply gonna do this. And he’s going to place it the place it must be.”
Mayfield has returned the reward, calling Beckham an “unreal expertise.”
When requested if Beckham can be able to go for the staff’s second preseason recreation towards the Colts on Saturday, Kitchens responded: “We haven’t determined but. He in all probability may play although.”
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