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BEREA Johnathan Abram Jersey , Ohio (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t in any trouble with his coach.Kitchens’ voice rising to deliver his message, Cleveland’s first-year coach said Saturday he’s not upset that Beckham has skipped the first two phases of the team’s voluntary offseason workout program.“Of course, I would rather him be here than not here, but I understand why,” Kitchens said. “I talk to Odell every day. He knows what we’re doing offensively every day. He will be ready to play. Don’t worry about that.”While his teammates — with the exception of disgruntled running back Duke Johnson — have been practicing and developing camaraderie, Beckham, who was acquired in a March trade with the New York Giants, has been training in California.Kitchens dismissed the idea that Beckham not being around could have a negative effect on the Browns. He pointed out that NFL defensive stars Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald have not been with their teams in previous years for offseason workouts.“Now, it benefits and it is better for us to have them here us being a new staff, but if we can’t have him ready to play when he shows up, they need to find a new head coach and they need to find a new position coach,” said Kitchens http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-trayvon-mullen-jersey , hired in January after a successful interim stint as offensive coordinator last season.Beckham has drawn some criticism for his absence, which some have viewed as more evidence that he’s a selfish player.And while Kitchens would prefer Beckham was at every practice and meeting, he’s not letting the issue sidetrack the Browns.“I also understand that you guys are trying to define and draw lines in the sand between coaches and players and players and players and that ain’t gonna happen anymore,” Kitchens told reporters. “And there’s no problem with Odell not being here. I’d rather him be here. He’s not here. It’s voluntary. That’s what the word voluntary means. He can decide to come or he can’t.“But under no circumstance am I going to say that I’m pissed off at Odell for not being here. He’ll be ready to play and ultimately that’s the only thing I want, for him to be ready to play when we start kicking off in September and he will be — I promise you.”Beckham spent five sometimes rocky seasons with the Giants. He was excited for a new start in Cleveland, but other than coming in for an introductory news conference on April 1, he’s been elsewhere.Earlier this week, Jarvis Landry posted on social media that he’s training and promised Browns fans that he’ll be “the best version of myself on and off the field.”Kitchens isn’t concerned about Beckham’s time away impacting his connection with Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. The pair has trained together in the summer.“I’ll tell you this about Odell Beckham and Baker Mayfield,” Kitchens said. “I think they have a pretty good relationship and they’ve formed pretty good camaraderie. They’ve worked out for two summers in California and I don’t see their camaraderie being a problem.”As for Johnson, who asked to be traded after the team signed Kareem Hunt, there had been speculation the Browns would deal him this weekend. But that didn’t happen, and Kitchens seemed confident Johnson may stay around.“Duke is under contract Maxx Crosby Jersey ,” he said. “I have said this for like a month now, I don’t know where all this trade talk started happening. People just assumed that we are going to trade him because we signed another good football player. Me, personally, I like good football players and I like as many of them as we can get. Then, it is our job to get them the ball and to help to enable them to help us win in whatever role that is.“Duke Johnson is on this football team, Duke Johnson will have a vital role in this football team and Duke Johnson will help us win football games. Am I surprised that he’s still here? No, not one bit. I haven’t wavered and never said anything different other than that.” BALTIMORE (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers knew what was coming. They were fully prepared for Baltimore rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson’s slippery running style and the Ravens‘ refurbished rushing attack.Jackson dared the Bucs (5-9) to catch him if they could. They couldn’t.Jackson ran for 95 of Baltimore’s 242 yards on the ground, and the Ravens formally eliminated the Bucs from playoff contention with a 20-12 victory Sunday.Named the start earlier in the week over a healthy Joe Flacco, Jackson repeatedly slithered and juked through the Tampa Bay defense. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry and kept the Bucs guessing by throwing 23 times for 131 yards.“He’s very elusive,” Tampa Bay defensive end Carl Nassib said. “I did have my hands on him. I had plays to make and I didn’t make them. I’ve got to make them in the future.”Jackson would have surpassed 100 yards rushing if not for losing nine yards on his final four carries, including three kneel-downs in victory formation.“He’s the reincarnation of Michael Vick,” Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. “He’s a lot faster than you think on the field. When you see him in person Hakeem Butler Jersey , he can really run. He controls the defense well. They put him in great positions; he’s going to be good for a long time.”Tampa Bay is merely one in a series of teams to be run over by Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner and the 32nd overall pick in the NFL draft.The Ravens are 4-1 since Jackson took over for Flacco, who was sidelined with a sore right hip. Flacco is healthy now, but coach John Harbaugh didn’t want to mess with a good thing.So, having retained the starting job, Jackson ran all over the defenseless Bucs.“He adds an element to their run game,” linebacker Lavonte David said. “He’s fast, and they use him really well. They put him in situations where he can tuck and run it or make adjustments and execute.”As new defensive coordinator Mark Duffner’s scheme continues to evolve, Sunday’s performance was proof that there’s still substantial work to be done. That was especially evident as Jackson and Gus Edwards (19 carries, 104 yards) darted through holes big enough to elongate drives.“You’ve got to be disciplined in every game that you play and at times we weren’t disciplined,” Nassib lamented.The defense wasn’t Tampa Bay’s only shortcoming. The Bucs could muster only 241 yards in offense, with Jameis Winston going 13 for 25 for 157 yards (64 on one pass to Mike Evans) and an interception.“They have a good defense Chris Lindstrom Jersey , so kudos to them,” Winston said. “The rain made it very hard at times. Considering the conditions, I thought we did pretty well. But we needed to execute better, especially on third down.”Tampa Bay was 3 for 10 on third down and failed to convert its only attempt on fourth down.The Bucs are essentially done this year, but it’s not too soon for Winston to start stating his case to start for Tampa Bay next season.“My future is in God’s hands,” he said. “Of course losing bothers me, but I feel blessed to be playing in the NFL.”

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