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Thursday Media Transcript: WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Eric from BBI : Admin : 11/10/2016 4:33 pm
WR Odell Beckham Jr.

November 10, 2016

Q: Chance for four-straight wins. How do you feel this team is coming together?

A: Weíre getting better day by day. Itís something that we have to improve. Have to step up in each and every way, especially in offense and defense. Just be better. Right now, weíre in a good spot. Just have to keep winning. We have a tough matchup this week.

Q: When you look at this Bengals team, theyíve got a lot of different components and a lot of different parts offensively and defensively. Whatís the challenge?

A: Itís everywhere. Theyíve got guys on offense. Theyíve got a great defense. Donít know exactly what their record is but I do know that this is a playoff team pretty much each and every year. Itíll be a great test for us, a great matchup. Iím looking forward to it, itís Monday Night Football.

Q: How good is A.J. Green?

A: A.J. is one of the best, hands down. He was gifted with speed, size, hands, pretty much everything that you would think of in a receiver, heís got it and then some. Heís one of my favorite in the league. Iíve watched him for a long time. Even when he was at Georgia, I was at LSU. We watched those SEC guys pretty closely. Defense has a tough challenge ahead, for sure.

Q: When you have a guy like that on the other side, does that get you a little more jacked up for a game?

A: Absolutely. Iím out there watching. Iím watching what heís doing because I enjoy it. I love football like that. I love seeing other guys who are great. As long as Iím not going against you. Itís not like Iím rooting for him, but I like to see someone at their best. If not, I like to see them compete.

Q: Whatís the skill that pops out at you?

A: Heís got it all. Like I said, I couldnít pick one for you. Heís tall and he goes up to get every ball. Heís got great hands and he runs great routes. Heís got speed. I donít know what bad I could really say about him.

Q: Could you compare yourself to him in any way?

A: Maybe the way he goes up and gets a ball. The way he attacks it in the air. There is little bits and pieces of each personís game that Iíll try and take and incorporate it into my own. Iím sure there is a little bit of that in there. Weíre just not the same build. Not the same receiver.

Q: Can Jackrabbit give A.J. Green a run for his money if he happens to cover him?

A: I was having this conversation with someone else. You talk about whoís the best corner in the league this, that and the other. Itís tough to even put him in that category. You see him every day and go against him, when youíre asked whoís the best corner, you donít think someone on your team. Heís playing at the highest of highest levels. Heís not really giving up much. Heís been a phenomenal player since Iíve known him. I would expect him to be on him at some point in time. Also, 41 (DRC). Heís a 6-foot-2 guy whoís up there a little bit but still runs a 4.2. Heís smart. I would expect a little bit of both. I would expect 41 on him, and 20 on him. More importantly, Iím expecting some really good work. Have to watch that whenever you get a chance.

Q: Do primetime games mean more to you?

A: I love Sunday. I love the opportunity to even step on the field. Itís great to be on Monday Night Football. Itís great to be on the Sunday night games as well but itís not any more inspiring than a game on Sunday at 1 oíclock. When you get on that field, you want to play at the highest level. You want to play your best game no matter what time it is. Whether itís 9:30 a.m. over here or 2:30 in London. You want to play the very best you can at all times.

Q: Where do you think this team is in terms of coming together and fighting for a championship?

A: I think weíre right there at 5-3. Of course, you could sit here and couldíve, wouldíve, shouldíve won games that we couldíve won. We couldíve done this different. Thatís not the case. Weíre 5-3. We are a 5-3 team right now. Just trying to progress each and every week. Want to make this run towards the back end of the season. We have a great opportunity ahead of us. A position I havenít been in since Iíve been here. Itís great to feel this way. Itís great to be 5-3 at the moment. You canít sit here and be complacent with it. You have to keep going and pick up wins.

Q: What can you learn from Leon Hall about the Bengals defense? Have you talked to him at all?

A: Yeah. I was talking to him today. We were just talking and trying to get the inside scoop. Just what he would know. Iíll definitely find out more from him this week. A guy like that, whoís been there and played over there for a while, Iím definitely going to get into his playbook and asking him what he knows and what he doesnít know.

Q: The music playlist at practice seemed to have you going today?

A: You have to have energy at practice. You have to have fun. You canít go through this methodically and come out each and every day and think itís just another day and you want to get through it because youíll never get better. If youíre not getting better, youíre getting worse. I donít really believe in getting worse. I try and come out with as much energy as I can every day. Come to work. You fight through all of this for Sundayís. You sit here and you go through practices and meetings, everything for those 60 minutes on the field. The problem that I have is that I want to make the most of those 60 minutes every opportunity that I get. Thatís really where Iím at. If youíre not able to make the most of it, then itís difficult.

Q: When a guy like Pacman Jones calls you a freak in terms of ability, what does that mean to you?

A: Iíve watched him play football since heís been in the league. Itís a compliment from a guy like that. I was at the Pro Bowl with him. We got to converse. He gave me knowledge of how the game goes. How to do the right thing. Just make sure youíre doing the right thing. He helped me as far as giving me examples of his past and kind of teaching me. Itís definitely a compliment coming from him.

Q: What do you think of the way Roger Lewis has stepped up these past few weeks?

A: It doesnít come as a surprise. He works hard each and every day heís out there. Heís given it his all. It doesnít really surprise me. Itís actually more exciting to see him and all the work pay off.

Q: He says he watches you and Victor at practice. Youíre not even that much older than him, but do you feel that? All the guys looking up to you at this point?

A: Sometimes. I donít quite know. I get out there and just space out. As much as Iím involved with every single person on this team, thereís times where Iím just in my own world. If somebody is watching or following, I donít quite know that. I do know that each and every time I run a route, itís got to be the best route Iíve run so far. Never really any plays off for me. In turn, Iíve seen Rog. Heís not really taking any plays off. Heís excited about his opportunity and working as hard as he can.

Q: All your teammates talk about how hard you practice. Do you think people donít know that?

A: I donít know if they do or donít. Itís irrelevant. Everyone is going to have their own opinion at the end of the day. I know that each and every play I get out there, itís going to be full speed. Iím going to try and break the previous speed that I ran on the last route. Iím just trying to maximize my opportunity. Itís just such a small window. You only have a little bit of time. Iím just trying to make the most of it.

Q: A guy like Randy Moss when he is in the building, what do you try and pick from his head?

A: Everything. He started something that even now, he has his own little segment, You got Mossed. The Getting Mossed thing inspired a lot of receivers. You wanted to go up top on someone and you wanted to scoop the ball off his head and run it into the end zone. Iíve watched him streak down the field for years. Change his route. Just put his hand up and itís like, weíre gone and out of here. Heís a guy who I aspire to be like. Just him being able to be here, pick his brain and take whatever I can take from him is good.

I miss you, man....  
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