BEREA, Ohio – Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. stood out with a brown sweatshirt that emerged from his white practice shirt and a reflective visor over his helmet.
Beckham did not talk to the media. That is scheduled for Wednesday during the second day of mandatory minicamping with the Cleveland Browns.
What matters is that he walked on the field on Tuesday and worked with his teammates. He skipped all but one of the 12 volunteer practices of the Browns that led to the first of three camps this week.
This marked his Browns debut in front of an audience beyond his teammates and coaches. Here is a look at what the All-Pro did as it happened during the practice, which ran from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m .:
2:38 p.m. – Beckham makes his first capture of the day, cutting to his left on a short route. The play brings shouts from their teammates lined up behind them.
2:55 p.m. – The team breaks down for individual workouts, which puts Beckham's hands on football a little more. He makes a routine effort to catch the ball with one hand.
3:09 p.m. – When the offense returns to the field to pbad the drills, Beckham catches another route, near the same place as 30 minutes before, but of Field Marshal Baker Mayfield. Beckham falls on tiptoe down the sideline to run after capture. They continued for the next six minutes, changing sides, and Beckham got some more repetitions on the routes to his right.
3:16 p.m. – Beckham loses his first reception in the middle with a high pbad from Garrett Gilbert. A few repetitions later, Mayfield gives Beckham a much lower shot in the same place. He catches that.
3:30 pm. – The first session 11-on-11 begins.
3:36 p.m. – Beckham re-enters the game, and Mayfield immediately throws a deep pbad for him. The 50-yard advance is directed towards the right front pylon of the final zone, but about 10 meters away. The ball is still too high for Beckham or anyone to lend him a hand.
3:41 p.m. – The Browns return to 7-on-7, and Mayfield does not waste time finding Beckham on a 5-yard pitch over the middle. They do not connect, however, in the incomplete pbad in traffic.
3:45 p.m. – The offensive moves to pbad plays on the 10-yard line. Beckham remains with the first rope and catches a touchdown with a tilt towards the middle on the second play after aligning on the left side, inside Rashard Higgins.
4:02 p.m. – Back to 11-on-11, and Mayfield looks at Beckham. Mayfield is left behind in his pocket, expecting more than he could in a real game situation, and forces a deep shot to Beckham near the left sideline. When the ball spirals down, the defenders close and Greedy Williams deflects it. Beckham watched much of the remaining 28 minutes of practice, talking to new teammates while the Browns worked on special teams.
Losing most OTAs did not delay Beckham on Tuesday.
For about five minutes during part of the special teams practice, Beckham was with the Browns coach, Freddie Kitchens, and they talked.
After the practice, Kitchens was asked about Beckham's day and if it showed any effect of the missed OTA sessions. Beckham has not been much in Berea, Kitchens said, but he has been communicating frequently with the coaches and learning the offense.
"How do you think he looked?" Asked Kitchens. "Maybe you (the media) spend a little time getting to know him, because he's a very smart guy and picks up things very quickly, even over the phone."
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