WR Odell Beckham Jr.
December 26, 2014
Q: What will this offense be like next year with Victor [Cruz] coming back and your second year in the system?
A: The sky is the limit. You can’t really put a limitation or expectation on it. You can see it and I think I said it earlier in the year. Victor, Rueben [Randle], Larry Donnell, Rashad [Jennings] and myself and Eli [Manning]. I think, why would you not want to have one of the best offenses in the league? As a competitor, you goal is to be the best, so I would expect everyone else on the offense to feel as if we should be the best.
Q: Last Philly game you had just started to get into the lineup… How anxious are you to show them the full Odell Beckham Jr. repertoire?
A: I am definitely excited. I was just getting back into it and we didn’t come out and play well. They came out and played extremely well. They did a lot of things right and we didn’t. Not revenge, but 27-0 leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Q: For you personally, that was your worst statistical game… Do you view that as your worst game?
A: No. It was just one of those games where things weren’t going right for us. It was hard for all of us to get involved.
Q: Which one does bother you then?
A: Certain plays here and there. Every loss bothers me.
Q: What are you going to be doing in the offseason?
A: I know I am going to get together with a few guys during this offseason, for sure. I am actually going to be staying with [former LSU teammates] Jarvis [Landry] and Jeremy [Hill] and go back to API where I trained at and work around in Arizona for the most part and then probably go down to Eli’s camp or other camps to get work in wherever you can.
Q: In terms of business opportunities?
A: I am sure there will be. I haven’t looked so much into it. I am trying to finish the season strong. I wish there was something after this game, but that is not the case. Got to deal with it.
Q: Odds are you probably are going to get to go to the Pro Bowl… What would that mean to you if that happens?
A: That would be huge. It is obviously a goal. To get there and to see it happen and make first alternate is a huge accomplishment. Everyone was saying that I should have been in it. To me, really, I always say, ‘What God has for you no man can take.’ So if I am supposed to be in it, then I’ll be in it. If I am not, then that is motivation to work harder next year.
Q: Have you surprised yourself this year?
A: I wouldn’t say surprised. I am surprised at just being in the NFL in general. The atmosphere, the vibes and everything. The whole experience was surprising to me. It is everything I could have imagined and everything I could have asked for. I do like to set the goals and expectations very high for myself. It would take a lot to surprise me.
Q: With having a year under your belt, what is the biggest thing you have learned that you want to work on?
A: Patience. If you find a way to let this game slow down to you, it will be a lot easier. I feel throughout the season, it did that. The biggest thing for me is definitely going to be patience.
Q: Talk about what this offense could be next year… Top-5, Top 10 offense?
A: It has the potential to be one of the best in the league. That should be the mindset of everybody. You never know what the future holds, so I guess we have to wait and see next year.
Q: Are you excited to get Victor Cruz back?
A: Hopefully he can come back healthy. I know it is a long process. It is a long road. During the offseason, I just hope his training and recovery goes right.
Q: He said watching what you have done has motivated him a little bit… Do you guys talk?
A: Every time I see, we talk. It is still the same. You just don’t get to see him too much, so you are not talking as much. I know how the recovery thing is. You are always busy and he is a high-caliber guy, so I am sure he has a lot of things going on. I know I backed off and checked on him and made sure every time I saw him we were talking. Everything was still the same. Just giving him that space [because] I know what it is like to be out and have to rehab every single day. Hopefully he has a speedy recovery and it goes the right way.
Q: One game left… Is there any piece of unfinished business in your rookie season you still haven’t done yet that you want to get done?
A: Finish. Finish strong. It is just kind of something that has hit me throughout the season. Every time I step on the field, you never know when it could be your last, so go as hard as possible at all times. Never take a play off, and that is what I plan to do Sunday.
Q: Do you sense that why you are so popular is because you bring a joy to the game and that is something you have always done?
A: I don’t know what it is. Like I said, I just love playing this game. I love being out there. Not too many people get this opportunity so you have to take full advantage of it and I am going to enjoy every last second of it.
Q: Do you have to change anything with the celebration dances?
A: Just don’t get a penalty.
Q: How do you do that?
A: That is really up to the refs. I don’t feel like it should have been a penalty, but it was. Just being mindful of their tendencies and what they may call or whatever may be close or cutting it close. Don’t step near the line.
Q: Will you ask them for a clarification before the game?
A: No. Hopefully I can get in the end zone Sunday and I guess we will see what happens. I know we are all excited to play.
Q: Does it matter to you that you are tied for receptions for rookie receivers with Jarvis Landry and touchdowns with [Mike] Evans? Would it be important to you to lead in those categories?
A: Of course, it would be nice. That is always in the back of your mind. Obviously, like I said, the goal is always to win. Just take every play as if it were your last. Jarvis called me the other day and we were talking about that. He was saying, ‘You’ve got to go hard Sunday.’ I know how he is coming. I know how he is. It is a loving competition. I am looking forward to Sunday.