Browns OTAs began this week, and the big news was that new wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. showed up and participated for one day before taking off once again. This was noteworthy after Beckham had not been seen in Cleveland since his post-trade press conference.
Sorry, but unlike many Browns fans who were excited to hear Beckham was in camp, I'm not going to praise him for making a cameo appearance when he should be in Cleveland for every offseason program activity and doing what he is supposed to do - his job. I hope Browns coaches and teammates did not make a big deal out of Beckham being at the Tuesday OTA session. In fact, I hope some made him feel like he should have been present from Day 1 of the offseason program.
Yes, these are voluntary workouts and practice sessions. But when I was a team exec, I wanted our players to attend all phases - the initial period of strength and conditioning work followed by the on-field OTAs and any voluntary or mandatory minicamps - for a reason. I'm a big believer in the value of offseason programs as a component of team-building, strength/conditioning and mastering the team's schemes in concert with teammates.
And when a player is new to a team, as is the case for the 26-year-old Beckham, it is extra important for him to attend all team activities. I have said the same thing about Le'Veon Bell with his absence from Jets workouts.