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missed all but one OTA session." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteDawgs EDTShareTweetShareShareFreddie Kitchens sounds ready for Odell Beckham’s arrivalPhoto by Elsa/Getty ImagesOne of the biggest storylines for the Cleveland Browns during the offseason program has been the whereabouts of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.The team has held nine Organized Team Activities over the past few weeks and Beckham Greg Joseph Jersey , who was acquired in a trade at the beginning of March, has only been in attendance for one of them. When asked on Thursday what Beckham has been missing during his time away from Berea, head coach Freddie Kitchens was pretty blunt in his response, according to Nate Ulrich at ohio.com:While Kitchens, offensive coordinator Todd Monken and general manager John Dorsey have all mentioned in recent weeks how they would like it if every player was in attendance at every workout, this is the first time that Kitchens has come out and really shown a bit of frustration over Beckham’s absence. Beckham is not the only player to skip out on some of the voluntary workouts - Ulrich pointed out that fellow wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway have not been at every session, and safety Damarious Randall, tight end David Njoku and defensive ends Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon, among others, have also been absent at times. But Beckham is the focal point at the moment and will continue to be so until he starts to show up on a consistent basis, which should begin next week when the Browns hold their mandatory minicamp from Tuesday through Thursday. Hopefully it won’t take Beckham long to re-acquaint himself with a group of teammates he has only seen sporadically in the past few months. Basically, the teams that met in February's Super Bowl remain the NFL's best.In rankings compiled by The Associated Press NFL team writers, the Patriots and Rams came out on top. Using a scale of 1 through 5, with the higher number meaning a better rating Jabrill Peppers Color Rush Jersey , New England and Los Angeles earned 18 total points. They were evaluated in four fundamental categories: offense, defense, specials teams and coaching.Both teams received a pair of 5s in the same categories, for offense and coaching. They also got 4s for defense and special teams.New Orleans, which but for a blown officiating call in the fourth quarter of the NFC championship game against the Rams might have met New England in the Super Bowl, and the other LA club, the Chargers, were next with 17 points. They also received 5s for coaching, while the Saints' offense got a top mark, too.At 16 points were Kansas City, Baltimore and Chicago — all division winners in 2018.Other teams getting 5 points were the Bears for defense and coaching; the Vikings for defense; the Eagles for offense; the Giants for special teams; the Broncos for defense; the Titans for defense; the Ravens for specials teams; and the Browns for offense.At the other end of the ranking were the Dolphins, dead last with 7 points; Cincinnati with 8; and Oakland with 9. Miami was the only club drawing two bottom marks, ominously on offense and defense. The Bengals got a 1 for their defense, as did the Raiders.Pittsburgh E.J. Gaines Color Rush Jersey , Denver and Minnesota got the lowest number for their special teams, Tampa Bay for its defense.Judging by the AP rankings heading into the NFL's 100th season, division winners should be New England for the 11th straight year in the AFC East; Baltimore repeating in the AFC North; Tennessee in the AFC South; and the Chargers in the AFC West. The Chiefs and the Colts or Browns would get wild cards — no, hope is not gone for Indy without the retired Andrew Luck.Philadelphia would win the NFC East, with Chicago in the North, New Orleans in the South and the Rams in the West also on top. Green Bay would get one wild card, while the other would go to either the Giants, Falcons, Panthers, Seahawks, Vikings or Cowboys, all with 13 points. Dallas' number was based on Ezekiel Elliott playing.Two teams projected by many to rise in the standings this year didn't get that much support from the team writer. Cleveland's 14 points placed it tied for sixth in the AFC. San Francisco's 10 points had it ahead of only Arizona in the NFC.
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