The news surrounding the Cleveland Browns the past few weeks have focused more often than not on wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Acquired in a trade with the New York Giants at the beginning of March, a Beckham sighting in Cleveland has been as rare as a Browns playoff game. But now that Beckham has let everyone know that he plans to be at mandatory minicamp this week, we are left to ponder if everyone has been worrying about the wrong wide receiver.
Jarvis Landry attended some of the just completed series of Organized Team Activities, but while Landry was on the field he wasn’t practicing due to an undisclosed injury. That injury will keep Landry sidelined during this week’s minicamp, although head coach Freddie Kitchens said that decision was “more precautionary than anything,” according to clevelandbrowns.com.
It is only June, but the idea of Landry not practicing because of an injury is a wee bit concerning. Ultimately, just like with Beckham, as long as Landry is ready to go for the regular season it will be no big deal and hopefully there is nothing more going on with Landry’s mystery injury.
The one bright spot in Beckham and Landry not being involved in OTAs is that it has given the coaching staff an opportunity to look at the other wide receivers on the roster. The top four spots are set with Beckham, Landry, Antonio Callaway and Rashard Higgins, but there will be at least two more roster spots available in training camp, and the more the coaches see the other receivers, the better.
That goes for quarterback Baker Mayfield as well, as Kitchens pointed out last week, according to clevelandbrowns.com:
“(Baker) still has to learn how to throw to different receivers. He still has to learn how different receivers come in and out of routes. So, he can continue to get better with his eyes, his declarations, his sights, his hots and his protection adjustments. And, throwing to different type guys coming out of breaks, because even when we have all three or four guys here, we have our top six guys. If we have our top six guys, every one of those six is going to come out of a break differently. So it is just the extra practice for that type setting. He’s done a good job of that.”
The Browns will be without Landry for the upcoming minicamp, but Beckham will be back in town.
Hopefully that will be enough to entertain the masses for a few more days.