WR Odell Beckham Jr.
December 18, 2014
Q: Have you always done the routine you now do before games?
A: Yeah, to an extent.
A: It was just right there.
Q: Has Ed Skiba become the designated the guy for your pregame routine?
A: Heís the designated guy, yeah.
Q: Does he do it right?
A: Yes, he does a good job, actually, gets the job done.
Q: Because he is throwing away from you?
A: Just somebody to throw the ball, heís there.
Q: Is that a derivative of what you used to do with Jarvis Landry? You said you guys would go outside and kind of throw and do the one-handed kind of thing.
A: To an extent, Jarvis Landry has thrown a lot worse balls. We are both competing in a way so we would throw it in places where we were like Ďyouíre definitely not going to catch it.í
RE: From the same distance or closer?
A: It was about the same distance, it depends. We will run all around the field and just throw it around. There wasnít like a ten-yard mark or anything like that. Itís just kind of whatever you feel.
Q: Do you ever visualize how it is going to go in your mind, and how it is going to work out?
A: I kind of just have an idea of what I would expect of myself or what I would expect us to get done. Whatever happens, it happens. You just have to weather the storm. Of course, you go into the game with a set game plan and mind, but sometimes you exceed or fall short of that.
Q: Have you exceeded those expectations?
A: I donít know the exact number, but there have been times where I wouldnít say exceed the expectations just because I always set it a lot higher than what has been happening. I would say that each and every game, there is a standard set in place.
Q: The Rams have a rookie running back in contention for rookie of the year [Tre Mason]. Do you find yourself taking a look at the list of rookies and stacking yourself up for that honor?
A: It is always in the back of your mind, but right now, honestly, just finish out the last couple of games and whatever happens, happens. You can only control what you can control. I am just, whatever happens, happens.
RE: It would be nice if it happens though.
A: Of course.
Q: How would you look at that?
A: If it were to happen, it would be quite an accomplishment, but that is not up to me, just keep doing what youíre doing.
Q: With two regular season games to go, what else do you want to do that you havenít done yet?
RE: With two games to go.
A: Win the last two, finish strong. That is the biggest thing, just winning.
Q: With an offseason and having the offense under your belt for a year, how much more exciting do you think it will be with this offense for the fans?
A: I am really just looking forward to the offseason. Just to be able to get completely healthy and get your body right. Work on whatever you feel you need to work on and come back, and just the potential, everything is there. We just have to put it all together.
Q: If you had to vote for rookie of the year, who would you take?
A: Jarvis Landry.
Q: Whoís two?
A: Jeremey Hill.
RE: Sounds a little biased.
Q: If you could vote for yourself, would you vote for yourself?
A: No, I wouldnít vote. That is not up to me. If they vote for me and I win it, I win it. Itís in the back of your mind, but at the same time youíve still got two games left and you just have to finish strong, really.
Q: Are you at the point where when you get out there on the field you donít think any of the cornerbacks can guard you?
A: No, it is out of respect. I respect everybody that I go against. I thought Bashaud Breeland was great, I think we played some mind games and that is part of the game, and I may have won those. A lot of penalties that happened, I donít know if the coaches pulled him out or whatever it was. It went down the way it did. Anytime you step on the field, it is a respect thing. You fear no one but you respect everybody.
Q: Is that something you plan going into the game when you say playing mind games?
A: That is not really me. I just go out and whatever play is called, go down and block, run a route, whatever it is. Itís just when I am out there to do all of the stuff in between that happens, thatís just natural, thatís instinct. Sometimes the game, that passion, takes you to a whole other level. You just have to be conscious of what you are doing, making sure you are not getting dumb penalties on the field. I had one against Tennessee, which is just dumb, but it is part of just playing the game.
Q: When you were rehabbing that hamstring early in the year, could you have thought that you would break Jeremy Shockeyís receiving records for a rookie?
A: Never would I have expected it to happen. In the back of my mind, I set the bar as high as possible. I didnít even know that I broke the record until someone came and told me about it. To be in company with Jeremy Shockey is great.
Q: Making that kind of impact on an organization like the Giants, how special is that for you?
A: It means a lot. This is one of the best organizations I have heard, hands down. It has been a great franchise for a while, to be a part of it, to be mentioned by all of the other greats that came along is quite an honor.
Q: Do you play fantasy football?
A: I donít have time for that.
Q: 41 % of the teams in the finals this week have you on their team. Have you noticed a shift in the way fans talk to you about that?
A: All the time. People talk to me about fantasy all the time. It is something that I really donít pay much mind to it because I donít like Ö.I am on someoneís fantasy team, ďdo good for me.Ē I donít play football to play for someoneís fantasy team. I play because this is what I love to do, this is now my job. Like I said, I really donít pay much mind to it. I know earlier when I was hurt and would see the little tweets, ďoh, I dropped you from my fantasy team,Ē and that is on them. I am not the coach, people tweeting asking ďshould I start you in fantasy.íí In the back of my mind, Iím like, ďIím not your coach, I am not the teamís coach, so you do what you need to do.Ē
Q: Do you laugh at how that seems to be all people talk about?
A: It is definitely pretty crazy.
Q: Do you expect it?
A: I didnít expect people to be so into fantasy football the way that they are. I guess being a part of where you can be picked up on a fantasy team, I guess you can see it more of how serious it is for other people.
Q: You wouldnít mind having another big game and helping people out I guess, right?
A: Of course not.
Q: A guy won $2 million dollars and another guy won $1 million dollars with you on their team.
Q: You donít play at all?
A: No, it is not my thing. I donít have time to do substitutions and anything like that. It just too much time. I feel like it is too time consuming.
Q: Reality is more important than fantasy.