Browns coach Freddie Kitchens already knows the first thing he’ll say to Odell Beckham Jr.
In a blockbuster trade earlier this month, Cleveland acquired the star 26-year-old wide receiver from the Giants in exchange for two drafts picks and safety Jabrill Peppers. Kitchens was asked Tuesday how he plans on greeting Beckham during their initial meeting.
“I love you. Give him a hug,” Kitchens responded. “Like, show me how to catch the ball with one hand. Just introduce myself and get rolling on getting to know him as a person.”
Beckham responded to his new coach later in the day on Twitter.
😂😂😂 done and done https://t.co/sLNE1l43s9
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) March 26, 2019
Beckham caught 77 passes for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games for the Giants last season. The three-time Pro Bowl player has tallied 44 receiving scores over his five-year career.
“I love great players and I love great people,’’ Kitchens told reporters, via Newsday. “He’s a great person above all else. Perception is not always reality. I’m anxious to get Odell there and get to know him as a person.
“His teammates love him. So, I just want him to kind of assimilate into the team and get going.”
Kitchens said he thinks Beckham will fit in well in Cleveland.
“Him and Cleveland, they both have tremendous passion,” Kitchens said. “He’s going to see the passion. Passionate people like other passionate people. He’s going to see the passion and he’s going to love it.”
Browns general manager John Dorsey also praised Beckham this week.
“You can’t have enough passionate, competitive guys on your football team,” Dorsey told PFT Live. “Here’s a guy that shows up, loves the game of football and his teammates love him. To me, that speaks volumes when your teammates rave about you because that shows the mark of who this person really is.”
Cleveland finished last season with a 7-8-1 record. It hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002.