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BEREA David Njoku Jersey , Ohio (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr.’s current part-time employment isn’t bothering the Browns.Not yet, anyway.The star wide receiver did not practice Wednesday after showing up Tuesday for Cleveland’s voluntary offseason program, ending an excused — if not questionable — monthlong absence. Beckham, who was acquired in a March trade with the New York Giants, has been open with the Browns about his plans to mostly work out on his own during the spring and summer.Still, his decision to stay on his own only enhances the knock on Beckham that he’s not team-oriented.Because the offseason training activities (OTAs) are voluntary, new Browns coach Freddie Kitchens is not upset that Beckham isn’t around. Kitchens is communicating with Beckham and remains confident the three-time Pro Bowler will be ready for the team’s mandatory minicamp in June and training camp in July.“Listen, I have never disputed the fact that it is not important for him to be here, but it is also important for him to be mentally ready to be here,” Kitchens said following practice. “I’m not giving him an out by any stretch of imagination, and nobody here knows the conversations that Odell and I have. I’m just saying it is better for him to be here when he can present his best self — emotionally, physically, everything.“Odell Beckham is going to be here in the fall, and he is going to be a good football player in the fall just like he has been.”After Tuesday’s session, Beckham posted a photo on Instagram of him catching a pass. Quarterback Baker Mayfield said it was good to have his new teammate on the field, and he feels no need to try to persuade Beckham to change his routine.“You let a guy like that be him,” Mayfield said. “Everybody has their routine. Stick to what is working, and for him, obviously, it has been working for a while. He is going to do what he’s going to do. You have to trust that he is going to be there when it matters Larry Ogunjobi Color Rush Jersey , and we know who he is.”Beckham wasn’t the only notable absence. Running back Duke Johnson remains away from the team after asking to be traded following the team’s signing of free agent Kareem Hunt.Johnson has been one of the team’s best players over the past few years, but is upset about a reduced role.Kitchens said he has talked to Johnson “a few times” and believes the versatile back will report next month. He acknowledged some frustration that two of his best players aren’t practicing.“I would be lying to say that I wasn’t disappointed that we don’t have everybody here,” he said. “I’m not going to fool you and try to trick you into saying I’m happy-go-lucky fine with it. I want everybody here because I do think it is important to be here, but it is their option.“They understand what they have to do once they come here. As long as everybody is on the same page as that, I’m fine as long as they are ready to play. Odell is going to be ready. Duke is going to be ready. All of them are going to be ready to play.”NOTES: WR Jarvis Landry did not participate in on-field drills during the workout. … The Browns presented $25,000 in hew helmets to players from Berea-Midpark High School, which is near the team’s facility. When Kitchens told the gathered players he was giving them a surprise gift, one of them asked, “Season tickets?” The Cleveland Browns are currently 3-6. Their victory over the Buffalo Bills not only helped their own win-loss record, but in beating Buffalo it also diluted another club who will be in serious playoff contention going down the stretch. Can the Browns still make the playoffs? Well, that depends mainly on what the team does in their final games and also will more than likely need some other squads to lose some games. Let’s examine what the other teams are doing, and who has the best chances of making the post-season.AFC North DivisionBaltimore Ravens 7-2With another Baltimore victory on Sunday over the hapless Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens lead the division with a 3-1 record. That single divisional loss, of course, was to the Browns. On their schedule next are the Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers and Bills, then one easy game against the New York Jets, followed by the Browns, before closing out against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Baltimore is currently on a five-game winning streak that includes victories over the Steelers Sheldrick Redwine Jersey , New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, all tough squads. They could finish 12-4 or just as likely end up 9-7. Post-season probability: 90%.Both the Texans and 49ers are division leaders, whereas the Rams are a roller coaster, while the Steelers are one of the league’s hottest clubs. For the Browns to have a shot at the division, they are going to need the red-hot Ravens to come apart at the seams - especially against the better competition.Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Pittsburgh Steelers 5-4The Steelers won a close one Sunday by beating last year’s NFC champs in the Rams, 17-12. This ups Pittsburgh’s record to 5-4. Remaining games are the Browns on the road Thursday night, then the Bengals, Browns at home, Arizona Cardinals, Bills, Jets and finally the Ravens. This game is imperative for Cleveland to have any outside chance of sniffing the playoffs. Pittsburgh is 1-1 in the division and have won five of their last six games, including a four-game win streak. The Steelers have two easy games against the Cardinals and Jets. The Browns will need the stouter teams to come through and add to the Steelers loss column in addition to at least splitting their two games with the black and gold. Wild CardsThere are numerous clubs who have a good chance of getting into the postseason through either of the two Wild Card berths - all currently with better records than the Browns. Buffalo Bills 6-3Sunday: lost to the Browns, 19-16. Postseason probability: 61%. Last five games: 3-2. Toughest opponents remaining: Dallas Cowboys, Ravens, Steelers, Patriots. Steelers 5-4Sunday: defeated the Rams, 17-12. Postseason probability: 56%. Currently, the Steelers have the conference tie breaker. Last five games: 4-1. Oakland Raiders 5-4Thursday: defeated the Los Angeles Chargers, 26-24. Postseason probability: 58%. Last five games: 3-2. Toughest opponents remaining:Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans. Indianapolis Colts 5-4Sunday: lost to the Miami Dolphins , 16-12. Postseason probability: 34%. Last five games: 3-2. Toughest opponents remaining:Texans, Titans, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars (twice).Tennessee Titans 5-5 Sunday: beat the Chiefs, 35-32. Post-season probability: 14%. Last five games: 3-2. Toughest opponents remaining: Raiders, Jaguars, Colts Texans (twice), Saints.Jacksonville Jaguars 4-5Sunday: bye week. Postseason probability: 15%. Last five games: 2-3. Toughest opponents remaining: Colts (twice), Titans, Raiders.Los Angeles Chargers 4-6Thursday: lost to Raiders, 26-24. Post-season probability: 5%. Last five games: 2-3. Toughest opponents remaining:Chiefs (twice), Minnesota Vikings, Jaguars, Raiders.Cleveland Browns 3-6Sunday: edged the Bills, 19-16. Postseason probability: 13%. Last five games: 1-4. Toughest opponents remaining: Steelers (twice), Ravens.

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