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Friday, May 31, 2019 1:00 am

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Browns coach says WR missed 'a lot'

BEREA, Ohio – Odell Beckham Jr.'s extended absence may have finally gotten to Browns coach Freddie Kitchens.

After staunchly defending the superstar wide receiver's decision to skip nearly all of Cleveland's voluntary practices since joining the team, Kitchens had a different tone Thursday when asked about Beckham's nonattendance.

“I just want to see him,” Kitchens said, after being asked what he wants to see out of Beckham at next week's mandatory minicamp.

What did Beckham miss while away the past three weeks?

“A lot,” Kitchens quipped. “The offense.”

Beckham, who was acquired March 12 in a blockbuster trade from the New York Giants, skipped all but one day of Cleveland's voluntary practices (OTAs) over the past month.

Other than being at his introductory news conference on April 1 or his appearance two weeks ago at one of the 10 practice sessions, the 26-year-old Beckham has not been around.

So while Kitchens installed a new offense and quarterback Baker Mayfield threw passes to second- and third-stringers – Jarvis Landry has been held out of workouts with an unspecified injury – Beckham has been training in Los Angeles, dressing for the Met Gala in New York, attending a Formula One race in Monaco and getting a customized, orange Rolls Royce.

In the past, Kitchens defended Beckham's decision, saying he was confident the three-time Pro Bowler receiver would stay in shape and be ready when the season starts.

– Associated Press