WR Odell Beckham Jr.
Postgame vs. Bengals Ė November 14, 2016
Q: How did you come up with that Thriller touchdown celebration?
A: I donít know. It just kind of happened. I think I saw a video the other day of Michael Jackson doing it and it just happened.
Q: It was Monday Night Football, you came up with 10 catches and the Giants got a huge win. Do you feel like you play better when the lights are brighter?
A: I had to walk out there before the game started because I donít remember the last time I played at Met Life and the lights were that bright. But you just know the situation at hand. Regardless of the situation at hand, if it was a Sunday game at 1 oíclock, it was still a game that we needed to win, so we pretty much did anything that we had to do to get it and we came out on top.
Q: Can you describe that spin move around Jones for the touchdown?
A: It is a play that we have run on the field and just yesterday we ran it in practice and I sure enough dropped it in the end zone. I made sure to let them know that I was going to catch it in the game and not to take it out and it came up and we connected on it, so it was nice.
Q: Was it anything in particular about that matchup on Jones?
A: No, it wasnít really the matchup. It would have been anybody that was in that spot at the time and playing the coverage that they were in. It was a tough position that he was in. They are taught to drive on things and as he drove, we spun right back behind it, so it was a great play call. There is not really much somebody else can do.
Q: You set the record today for fastest to 3,500 yards. What are your thoughts on that?
A: I set the bar high for myself. I kind of had some late inspiration. I went to the UFC fight and I went there to watch McGregor and just a guy who is very strong in his beliefs and sure enough, he backs it up every time. Just sitting there watching him do his thing gave me more motivation. I had seen that I needed however many yards it was to break that record, so really that stuff is kind of secondary right now. We are 6-3; I havenít been 6-3 since I have been here, so this is a good feeling.
Q: Can you expand on the McGregor thing?
A: I usually go to things like that for inspiration. I like seeing guys in their atmosphere. Even when I was going to the US Open and I was watching them play tennis, it is just something about seeing someone else in their own zone and sure enough, after he won the fight, that was my first UFC fight ever and everybody is tweeting at me asking me why am I mad that he won, I am like, ĎI came here to see him. My mind is just wired differently.í So when I am sitting there watching him and I had this blank stare on my face because there are just so many thoughts going through my head, so I definitely got a lot of inspiration going there and watching him win, double champ and sure enough we came out and we won today, so it has been a pretty good week.
Q: Did you get a chance to meet him?
A: I did. I got a chance to meet him after the fight. It was cool. It was a fun experience. It was the first time I had been there and everyone took care of me.
Q: Is there a connection between how aggressive McAdoo coaches and the fact that you guys are making the plays when it matters?
A: I think it is just knowing the situation at hand. He gives us another opportunity to get another play on offense; we have got to do it. It is not to do it for us; it is to do it for our defense. It is just something that needs to be done. We came up big on a couple of them today, so I donít mind him going for it at all.
Q: Eli was talking about the touchdown play, saying it was similar to the big play against Baltimore. Was it the same play?
A: Donít say that out loud. I donít want everybody knowing the move, but it was definitely the same play from Baltimore and like I was telling them, we ran it just the other day in practice, just installed it down in the red zone and I dropped it in the end zone and just tried to reassure that if we run it in the game, I will make sure that I catch it, so they have done a great job of being creative and kind of creating other routes stemming off of routes that we have.
Q: You didnít score in the first four games. You have six touchdowns since then. What do you view as being the difference?
A: I donít know. There is something about the second half of the season. I have the same energy as I did Week 1, I feel like, so just getting the opportunity right now and being able to put it in the end zone. I know that in the second half of the season I like to go as hard as possible. Peopleís bodies tend to break down and things like that and I take the time and try to take care of mine as much as I can, so that I can come out every Sunday and give it my all.
Q: How much did they try to get in your head? Burfict definitely came in one play.
A: I know Burfict, so we were just talking. I try to stay away from it as much as possible. It is all love out there. We are competing and that is a fiery group and we went down there for camp (last year) and it was just like that. It is a lot of fun to compete when it is done the right way, so I had a lot of fun tonight. It wouldnít have been as fun if we lost, but I for sure had fun.
Q: For the offense to score a fourth quarter touchdown and then end the game with the four-minute offense, is that the best feeling as a unit you guys have felt all year?
A: Yeah. I wish we could have scored and made it 28-20. We had three opportunities to put it in the end zone and we came up short, so that is just another step to take as an offense. Donít put your defense back on the field, three, four times in a row. In the fourth quarter, anything can happen, this is the NFL; the other team is great, too, so just finding ways to close it out on the offensive end.