OBJ, Jarvis Landry get a day off from mandatory minicamp

AP

The most compelling scene from last season’s Hard Knocks came when former coach Hue Jackson and former offensive coordinator Todd Haley discussed/debated/argue whether veteran players should get days off during training camp.

The exchange was sparked by former running backs coach Freddie Kitchens, the same Freddie Kitchens who is now the head coach. Kitchens explained during the coaches’ meeting the importance of having as many players available for practice as possible.

“I think, for the new coaches here, we’re not taking guys out because they’re special or anything like that,” Jackson replied. “We’re taking them out for preventative measures and normally the team has understood that. . . . Duke [Johnson] has had a history of pulling [muscles] and if we end up losing him or missing him, it doesn’t help us. Guys, this is all for preventative measures.”

Apparently, something sunk in for Kitchens, because he gave receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry the day off from mandatory minicamp.

“It is more preventive than anything,” Kitchens told reporters on Thursday. “Everything is OK with them. We do not play any games in the spring. I am not being funny; it goes back to our voluntary issue. Even when they are here and it is mandatory, we are going make sure that we take care of our players until they start counting. That does not mean that they are going to work their ass off when they are here, but we are not going to be stupid. We are going to take care of our guys when they are here.”

So maybe Kitchens and one of his assistants had the same conversation that was had a year ago, and maybe Kitchens dusted off this observation from Jackson: “I used to sit in the same chair you guys sit in and I used to feel the same way. I just wanted to kill them, OK? Until all of a sudden I sat in this chair and then they’re not there, and you don’t get them to practice, and you can’t get them through, and then you don’t have them for three weeks. And I’m not living in my fears, that’s real. And I think we all can appreciate that.”

Kitchens apparently appreciated it, if not at the time at some point since then.

15 responses to “OBJ, Jarvis Landry get a day off from mandatory minicamp

  1. These players have NO Respect for Freddie Kitchens! OBJ & the inmates are running the show already, walking all over Kitchens! They should have kept Gregg Williams as head coach! Williams commanded the locker room and the players Respected him!

  2. So, OBJ has been there for a day and is already taking a preventative day off? What’s is his real name again? I think the kids used to call him Mr. Glass.

    Dave Gettleman is a genius.

  3. When Beckham comes back he’ll be made assistant head coach. His main responsibility will be to schedule his days off..

  4. Kitchens waffling on both sides of coins already. Showing signs of being the rookie coach that he is. Not trouble yet, but you cant play both sides of coins and win over a locker room long term.

  5. It’s amazing how little sense of debt or gratitude these players feel towards the teams that make them multi-millionaires. I can’t think of much I wouldn’t do for just a percentage of what they make….least of all showing up for work.

  6. 49erstime says:
    June 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm
    Why oh why can’t they do Hard Knocks again this year??!!!!! Lol
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    Because it’s the 49ers turn.

  7. Keep the hate rollin in! I love that my Brownies are good enough to hate again! The takes on this board are so bad its comical. You all would welcome OBJ to your team with open arms, including the butt hurt Giants fans. Keep it coming clowns.

  8. cfrye9 says:
    June 7, 2019 at 1:41 pm
    Keep the hate rollin in! I love that my Brownies are good enough to hate again! The takes on this board are so bad its comical. You all would welcome OBJ to your team with open arms, including the butt hurt Giants fans. Keep it coming clowns.

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    People don’t hate the Browns. They hate the idiots that are currently on the team………

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