WR Odell Beckham Jr.
September 21, 2016
Q: How will it feel to see Norman again in action for the first time since December?
A: Honestly, there really is a bigger concern. Division game, 2-0 start to the year. Really focused on going 3-0. Wherever I go, wherever I lineup, thatís my job. The same way it would be whoeverís job it is to stop me. My job is to win over there. The biggest concern is winning, winning this game.
Q: Do you still have any emotions lingering from last year?
A: Iím good. A lot of things just like to make stories. Just stuff that looks good to click on. Words are misconstrued. Iím good.
Q: Do you expect him to do anything physically or verbally to get you amped up?
A: I expect him to play his game the way heís always played to get him in the position he is now. Heís obviously done a good job of that. I expect him to play his game.
Q: You just said words are misconstrued, what do you mean by that?
A: Meaning that a lot of things Iíve said are taken and itís not what Iíve said.
Q: How much have you learned and grown since that situation last year?
A: A lot. Itís been a lot thatís happened since then. That was a lot that happened at the time period of my life. You take the good and the bad and you learn from it. Thatís how you grow and improve yourself as an individual and a human being. You take the life lessons and you learn from it.
Q: The Redskins as a whole, whatís it going to be like going against a team thatís 0-2 and desperate this week?
A: I donít think records really mean anything. Especially in a division game and in the NFL. Any team can be beaten on any given day. It doesnít matter who you are. Itís whoever comes out and plays the hardest, executes, wins the turnover battle and does all the things that you would do in football. Thatís who will win the game. Theyíre going to come out as if theyíre 2-0. Every week youíre trying to win. Nobody wants to lose.
Q: As a competitor, after what happened with Josh, if you do go one-on-one with him, are you savoring that matchup?
A: It would be the same as if I was on the other side going one-on-one with anybody else. It is what it is at this point.
Q: What do you think when you hear that they want him to follow you around the field?
A: Thatís not really my concern. My concern is our game plan. If thatís their game plan, then thatís their game plan.
Q: When you sat out against Minnesota last year, Iím just curious to know how you feel youíve evolved as a man since that time?
A: It sucked. It felt like if any of you have ever been suspended at elementary school or whatever. It really felt like that. I was out and I remember I was going to the facility to pick up my stuff and they said you canít be here. I was like alright. Since then, I really have learned a lot. You just have to take it. All you can do is learn from it. You canít go back. If I could, I wouldnít go back and change a single thing that happened. Thatís how life happens. Things happened for a reason and everything happens for a reason.
Q: What degree do you feel more mentally prepared to handle the Redskins secondary given the personnel thatís in the secondary, Hall and those boys will try and get under your skin?
A: Itís part of their game plan. I would do the same. Itís mental warfare. Itís the art of war. Thereís different ways to attack it.
Q: What do you do to combat that? How do you handle that differently than you did last year?
A: Play my game.
Q: We just had a chance to talk to DeSean Jackson and he said that youíre like his little brother. What do you learn from someone like him?
A: Heís a guy whoís been tearing it up for years. A guy thatís had his ups and downs as well. You bond with him. We worked out a little bit in the offseason. Iíve known him for a little bit of time. We hit each other up. Just talk and converse. I learn a lot from everybody. Whether they play offense, defense, special teams. I learn from others and I ask questions. Thatís just how I go about it.
Q: You said that youíve learned from his ups and downs and have talked about his ups and downs. Does he mentor you in anyway?
A: Heís been in the league longer. Whatever heís saying is something heís experienced. Itís advice. Iím not going to sit there and be the young guy thatís not going to listen to anything. You take everything. Whether you take it for granted or take it and apply to everyday life, the information does get processed. Like I say, that Iíve learned a lot from him, itís not like I can sit here and tell you A, B, C, D I have learned that I take and apply to my life. Whether itís what he does on the field, off the field, how to handle everything. Heís done his thing in the NFL.
Q: Are there ways for a receiver, if you know that a guy is following you the whole way, to take advantage of him or other guys on your team, receivers can take advantage of that kind of coverage?
A: Itís tough to do those things. You have, and I mean this, the Rookie of the Year in this team; Victor Cruz, who is going to be Comeback Player of the Year, on this team; and you have a Super Bowl defense. Theyíre going to get open and do what they have to do. Whether someone follows you, doesnít follow you, itís not my game plan. If they tell me to line up to the right, I line up to the right. If they tell me to the left, I line up to the left. They tell me lineup inside, I go inside. Thatís it.
Q: Youíve always been an emotional player on the field, do you have to cut back that emotion when youíre playing a big game like this?
A: Have you ever watched Russell Westbrook play basketball? He plays with a lot of emotion or passion, whatever you want to call it. Itís whatís best for some players and whatís not best for some players. You use it and just be smart. Play smart. Itís football at the end of the day.