WR Odell Beckham Jr.
August 13, 2015
Q: When you guys got into town you guys went over and saw James Wright?
Q: What was that like to hook up with James?
A: It was great being able to go see him. I know heís in a tough spot right now with an injury. A guy who Iíve known, and whoís just worked so hard for everything he hasóreally cherishes every moment that he gets to be in the position that heís in, itís just unfortunate that thatís the way the game goes and that it happened to him. Heís going to be out for a little while. So just make sure that I could be there for him, and help him keep his mind right because we consider ourselves brothers. Iím going to look out for him no matter what.
Q: So much has been made of your relationship with Jeremy Hill and how close you are. How close are you?
A: I saw him the night I got in, I saw him last night. Anytime thereís a chance for me, Jarvis [Landry], Jeremy [Hill], James [Wright]óany of those guys who were close, to link up, nothing is really going to get in the way of it. Itís kind of like a top priority. Iíll probably see him tonight again, go by his house. See his dogóhis dogís been growing a little bit. I know he wants me to come see him. Itís great to just be able to see your brothers every now and then.
Q: How much are you looking forward to playing a game with them?
A: Itís great. I wish it was a real game just because itís crazy that weíre coming from the same team, and now weíre all on opposite teams. Itís like a dream come true. We wish we were all on the same team somehow, but itís not going to happen. So being able to be on the same field, itís truly a blessing.
Q: Do you play Madden?
A: Yeah, I play Madden a little bit.
Q: Do you ever go crazy and trade for all those guys so you can all be on the same team?
A: Whenever weíre all together weíll do that. Weíll all join up on the same teamóthree controllers, and weíll just play around. No though, I donít do the trades. That was kind of back in my days when I was really on the Madden heavy, trading around for guys, stuff like that.
Q: Both of you had such impressive rookie years, how enjoyable was that to see Jeremy have success?
A: It was great, and Jarvis, as well. Weíre in the middle of games and Iím looking up at the jumbotron and those guys are on the screen and they're scoring or they're doing somethingóyouíre watching them make plays. I remember catching myself in the middle of plays last year, looking up at the jumbotron and Eli is calling out the play. Iím watching highlights and seeing those guys on there. It was just extra motivation, extra incentive to do better.
Q: You have a favorite play of Jeremyís, maybe back in college?
A: Hmm. Thereís so many plays this guy has made, itís hard to pick one. Iíll just go with one last year. I think the funniest thing I saw him do, besides the great celebrations that he had, just seeing him stiff arm a guy against Cleveland and accelerate away. Itís kind of a little inside joke with him being like accelerating away. Coach Frank [Wilson] used to always yell at him, and then jumping into the stands and they mushed him back down. It was a joke in our group chat for a long time.
Q: I know you said what the offseason was like as far as celebrity goes. You come here this week and youíre the road team, it seemed those two practices there were a lot of fans looking for you, talking to you, shouting to you. What was that like, does it get old?
A: It never gets old. When itís kids, it never gets old, because I remember being a kid at one point and looking up to somebodyóbeing like ďThere he goesĒ or things of that matter. In that case, it never really gets old to me. There were a lot of people out there, and some of them were wearing Bengals jerseys, talking about, ďWeíre Giants fans." Itís like, ďYou have a Bengals jersey on," obviously not a Giants fan. Then thereís those other people around here and they know that itís open and youíre able to get signatures. They're sitting there with like 500 pictures, and itís like this is not for your little kid or anything like that. Itís a tough position to be in every now and then, just picking and choosing what you sign for.
Q: Itís a little different now I imagine. Itís one thing at restaurants, but when you get back in the football element, your celebrity is different now, maybe than what it was last year. Fans are now noticing you. Youíre a main attraction.
A: I guess, I donít know. Just go out and really just try and enjoy myself, this is what I love to do. Iím fortunate to be able to call this my job. I just go out there and try and have fun. Whatever comes with it, thatís what comes with it.
Q: Do you feel youíre better in certain aspects, just going through your second camp?
A: This is my first camp.
Q: Well, second year.
A: In certain ways I do feel that Iím better. I feel like Iíve learned more, Iíve seen things. Still, all in all, Iím a young player, I still have things that I definitely have to work on and always want to continue to improve. I try and find those things and I try to find my weaknesses, and try and really work on them. Itís tough when some of your biggest weaknesses are some of your biggest strengths. Just finding ways to control them and use them for your benefit.
Q: I was looking for your weaknesses, I wasnít sure what they were?
A: Rain. No, Iím kidding. Just my passion for the game gets in the way sometimes. That anger, and all those things come into play, and it doesnít always work in my favor in my own way. But then again, it helps me out a lot in other ways. It comes out and it brings out the best in me. Finding a way to channel that anger, and that passion, itís really what Iím working on.
Q: How do you do that?
A: Itís a lot of work. Just talking to yourself, whatever it is you need to do at the moment. Thereís always that boiling point that you get to, and itís like what do you do when you get there? Do you react a certain way, or do you do this? Finding your true self, not finding whatís right to do, but finding your true self in whatever way works best for you, is really what Iím working on.
Q: During practice this week, did you get to that point when you were going up against the Bengals?
A: Yeah. It gets to that point, when youíre in camp. I donít know how many days in, I donít even know what day it is today. You just get into this groove, and you get frustrated as a player, as a human being. We all have frustrations and things like that. Finding ways to not let it get to you, or like I said, use it for the better is really what Iím working on. Yeah, it gets there every now and then, but Iíve done a good job at controlling it and not letting it control me.
Q: You mentioned Jeremyís touchdown celebrations, can you talk about using things like that to avoid the pressure. Is that something that you see in common with your game and his?
A: The celebrations and stuff?
Q: Yes, having fun.
A: Yeah, this is what you worked all your life to get here to do. Now, youíre finally able to do it. You never know when itís going to be over, so Iím going to enjoy every single moment of it. Iím going to celebrate whenever I can, and Iím going to literally enjoy everything that comes with it. Like I said, it could all be over whenever.
Q: You looking forward to playing in your first preseason game?
A: Absolutely. Anytime you get a chance to be on that fieldóI think the biggest thing Iím looking forward to is hearing that National Anthem and getting on the field again. Thereís just something about it, it broke me down the first time I got on the field. I donít know what itís going to do this time, but I am looking forward to being able to line up and see 32 [Hill] across the other way, and hopefully get to see him do a little something, and just keep it moving from there.
Q: You have not done this before, you played in a Pro Bowl, but not a preseason game.
A: Iíve never played in a preseason game. I actually had to ask, ďWhat do we have to wear to the games?Ē and stuff like that, because I honestly didnít know. I was at home every weekend. Every time they were traveling, I was at home. I got to go to the preseason (home) games last year, but never had been a part of the whole thing. This is all kind of new to me as well.
Q: So you realize that youíre going to be out very quickly?
A: Thatís the tough part. Itís tough being competitive and feeling like you didnít get anything done, and youíre only in there for however long youíre going to be in there for. Just watch these others guy who are going to be playing, and cheer on my teammates.
Q: What did you think of going against [Dre] Kirkpatrick and Pac (Adam Jones)? What was it like, and what did you see from them?
A: It was fun to be able to go up against somebody whoís not on my team, and just be able to get a different look. Those guys are very good over there. I thought highly of [Darqueze] Dennard, as well. He seemed like he had a lot of potential, and heís going to be a very good cornerback coming up pretty soon. I think Pacman [Adam Jones], heís been in the league for what, 10 years or something like that? A savvy vet who just knows the ins and outs of the game, I was very impressed with him.
Q: What about Dennardís game stuck out to you?
A: He was very solid. Itís not like he was like 4.3 [forty-yard dash], 27 reps on bench. He wasnít like the most freakish athlete, but everything he was doing to me stood out to me because it was just always the right place at the right time. Just very solid, and tough to beat cornerback.
Q: You talked about your text group and about your celebrations. Do you guys converse about celebration ideas? What to do, or do they run it by you first?
A: We donít ever run it by each other. Weíll clown about it, and itís not like, ďOh, Iím going to score this week, so this is what Iím going to do." You put yourself in that mindframe of, this is what I want to do when I celebrate. Itís the same as, ďThis is what I want to do when I catch the ball." You put yourself in the mindframe, and once you get into that position, then you know what position youíre going to be in, or what exactly you have to do. We do talk about it a little bit, it is all fun and games in the group chat. Sometimes some of that stuff comes onto the field.