WR Odell Beckham Jr.
Postgame vs. Detroit, December 18, 2016
Q: How would you rate the quality of this win?
A: I feel like we left some meat on the bone. The breakout game is coming soon. I have to do a better job of keeping myself under control knowing that everyone is watching. Knowing that guys on my team are watching and looking at me. I have to make sure that Iím giving off the right energy and that Iím not giving off any bad energy. Just finding ways for all of us to grow. We have to continue to get better. Itís a short week, short memory going into a hostile environment. Iíve only been in there once since Iíve been on the Giants. Itís going to have a nice touch to it.
Q: You always work on the one-handed catch in practice. It finally came to fruition today. What was it like to do it in a game?
A: Just blessed. The fact that God gave me that ability. I practice it and it just kind of happened. Itís always an instinctual thing. The biggest thing for me was the corner route, Eli dropped a dime. It was the first time I caught a ball over the shoulder. I just felt comfortable catching it over the shoulder. Weíre making the right strides and getting the right protection. Itís just a matter of continuing to keep getting better each and every week. Finding ways to be more effective each and every time the offense steps on the field.
Q: What are the things that can help that breakout game happen?
A: Execution. Itís that simple. Itís just execution. Whatever the play call is, just execute that. More explosive plays, better play calling, better execution just as far as on our end, making sure we do everything.
Q: Is it bittersweet because youíre winning but not getting out of this offense what you want?
A: I can agree with you to some extent on that. I think that comes with me being a perfectionist. Itís just hard for me to accept good. I need it to be great. Above that, legendary. Itís got to be that way every single time. If you really put it in perspective, we work six and a half days a week for one hour of football. When you really break it down, thatís once a week that youíre getting the opportunity to do your thing and be on the football field. All the meetings, all the practices, getting up early and driving to work. All that goes into it, itís a lot of sacrifice. When we get out here, I just want it to be our very best foot forward. Otherwise, well now we have to wait all the way till Thursday. Usually we have to wait until Sunday. This might be the first time you hear a player not complain about a Thursday game because I wish we were still playing right now. Weíll have a short week and be able to get our plan ready to go. Go into a hostile environment against a division rival.
Q: Do you think about your numbers at all when you say you want to become legendary? Theyíre pretty impressive.
A: I hate saying it like this and I hope it doesnít get taken wrong, but Iím very greedy with myself. I expect more out of myself, no matter what it is. Itís almost never enough. Itís unfair for me to do that but itís just how Iíve always been. Itís never going to be enough for me in a sense. I just need a way to find that balance.
Q: Have you thought about it, though?
A: Yes. I donít want to feel ungrateful for what Iíve done. Iím very thankful for every opportunity, achievement, accolade, all of that. Iím just very greedy for more. I hate saying that but Iím hungry for it and I want more.
Q: You made the touchdown catch with your left hand. Are you comfortable doing that?
A: It just kind of happens. You practice it and practice it. Thatís why you practice right hand layups and left hand layups. Itís just kind of, I donít know.
Q: You guys are making two or three big plays a game on offense. How far can that take you?
A: I donít know. I said it before, I heard that offense wins games and defense wins championships. If they keep playing like that, I guess we have nothing to worry about. At the same time, going back to the greed thing, I just want more. I want to see Vic in the end zone twice, I want to see Shep in the end zone twice. I want to see the running backs rush for 175 yards total. Putting up 35, 40 points a game. Thatís just how I am. I like seeing the numbers. Video game numbers. As selfish as it is for me to request that every single time and not be okay with anything less than that, thatís something that Iím working on.
Q: What do you like best about this defense?
A: I think itís the swagger. Itís everyday. They donít just come here Sunday and turn it on. Itís everyday of practice. They come up with turnovers in practice and stops in practice. They practice the way that they play. What it is, this is a family team. The O-linemen, the offense, we go out to eat. Theyíve been skipping on us the past couple of weeks. Make sure you all let them know that we have dinner this week even with the short week. Itís great to be on a team that feels like family. Itís been that way since the beginning of the year. Iíve been preaching about Super Bowl this. You donít say that stuff just to say that stuff. You say that if you truly believe that. Thatís what weíre doing right now. Weíre truly trying our very best to get to the Super Bowl. Thatís our goal. It starts one game at a time.