Browns coach embraces expectations with OBJ

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PHOENIX — As Freddie Kitchens waxed eloquent about all things Cleveland Browns on Tuesday morning, the proposition was put to him that the combination of quarterback Baker Mayfield and receiver Odell Beckham Jr. could be dynamite. “I hope so,” Kitchens said without hesitation. “And I hope we blow a lot of things up.”

The quip was true Kitchens. The new Browns coach is quick to make a self-deprecating comment — he deadpanned more than once that he is “scared to death” of the Browns playing in prime time — but he also has the same attitude as his quarterback, that he is in it to win it.

“I don’t mind expectations,” Kitchens said. “I want them.”

Kitchens’ immediate goal is to get Beckham to Cleveland and to get to know him following his acquisition from the Giants on March 12. Though general manager John Dorsey said he expects Beckham for the start of the offseason program on April 1, Kitchens said Beckham will do all he can to be there — leaving open the possibility he may not arrive on Day 1.

“His life was turned upside down (with the trade),” Kitchens said. “Up until two

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