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The Cleveland Browns got a look at a few of their players during rookie minicamp but there has been some uncertainty around when veterans would show up for organized team activities.
The players and team had been discussing what OTAs would look like after the NFLPA encouraged players to avoid them this year. For now, all team activities are considered voluntary so skipping them would not be disciplined. Many players have chosen to skip OTAs in the past including Odell Beckham Jr. but this would have been the first year a majority of the players skipped if they followed the NFLPA recommendations.
We now have more information about the start of OTAs as it looks like we will have players in Berea today with media access tomorrow:
Garrett’s social media post may be the only star player confirmed to be there this week. It will be interesting if Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, Beckham, and the rest of the stars join Garrett this week.
It will also be interesting to see if J.C. Tretter, starting center and president of the NFLPA, shows up or if he holds the NFLPA line related to staying away from OTAs this offseason.
For now, Browns fans can get excited about some of their team getting on the field together. With high expectations and quite a few new players, the Browns can benefit from as much time together as possible.
Coming off a winning season and getting a second year within the systems put in place last year, the Browns get a chance to build on something as OTAs open up.