WR Odell Beckham Jr.
December 20, 2016
Q: How exciting is it to have this in your own hands with a chance to clinch a playoff spot this week?
A: Itís one game at a time. Itís a good opportunity for us but we really just have to lock in and focus. Itís such a short week. We havenít beat Philly at Philly in two years. I donít know how long its been. We need to come out and put our best foot forward.
Q: How do you think you and your teammates have adjusted to the short work week?
A: Weíre still adjusting, I guess. Itís a quick turnaround. Youíre in and out and the next thing you know, youíre back on the field playing.
Q: What does it mean to make the playoffs. Youíve talked a lot about it the last few weeks and now you have a chance?
A: Thatís the reason that you play. You play to be in those big games. Honestly, we just have to focus on this one right now. After, you can focus on the rest.
Q: What has this been like for you? Itís the first time youíve been in a winning situation with the Giants.
A: Itís definitely better than a losing situation. Weíre pretty locked in right now. Just trying to make sure everyone stays focused and is doing what theyíre supposed to be doing.
Q: Pretty strong commentary on the Elliott non-fine for jumping in the Salvation Army can. What went through your mind?
A: First, I was just laughing. I love seeing Zeke out there just having fun. Youíre supposed to have fun. Heís out there jumping into whatever it was, the Salvation Army cup. Heís hiding in there and then gets up. I thought it was hilarious. Itís not really a big deal, itís just the way the world works. Thereís double standards everywhere. Itís just how life is. Iím absolutely positive if I wouldíve done that, I wouldíve been fined. Itís whatever. Itís nothing against Zeke. Zeke is my boy. I have a Zeke jersey right there, so thereís no problems with anything like that. You set rules and limitations but you donít follow them.
Q: Why do you think you wouldíve been fined?
A: Because Iím me. Thatís why I wouldíve been fined.
Q: Why do you think they look at you differently?
A: I wouldíve been fined. Thatís all Iím saying.
Q: How important would it be to clinch the playoff spot on Thursday rather than having to deal with scoreboard watching and all that?
A: Clinching or not clinching, I think Thursday we have full intentions of coming out and putting our best foot forward. Obviously the goal is to win. With the outcome of winning, it would be great as far as us clinching. The main focus is to win a football game and the rest would take care of itself. Thatís really where our mindís at. We have a tough challenge ahead. This has always been a good game. Itís two rival teams so it should be a good matchup.
Q: You did some damage out of the slot the other day. What did you think of that and why were you able to be successful?
A: Just us putting our players in the right positions. You get inside to mix it up a little bit. Itís not as easy to double someone when youíre on the inside in the slot. It causes a lot of matchups that you would have to worry about in other areas when you try and take away someone on the inside. It just makes it a lot harder. Hopefully being able to come in on the inside and work a little bit will open up defenses even more for us to make even more plays.
Q: Do you think youíve done a pretty good job managing your emotions the past few weeks? It doesnít seem to be an issue?
A: I mean not really an issue with me. Thatís just how Iím wired. Canít really explain it, Iím just wired that way. Just have to control what I can control. I feel like Iíve been doing a pretty good job of that for the most part. Thereís never going to be that part of me that loses who I am. Iíve tried it before and I canít really live with myself that way.
Q: You had several catches against the Lions and just walked back to the huddle matter-of-factly. A little more so than perhaps early on in the year, no?
A: I donít know. Sometimes you get out there and it depends where your mind is at. Iím just trying to stay level headed and clear. Just get back to doing what I love doing, which is playing football and competing at the highest level against the best of the best. Thatís why youíre in the NFL. You want to do that. Itís really a lot of fun to be able to do that on Sunday and play games. Itís frustrating like I said, you pretty much work all week. You go through the meetings, your sitting here this that and the other. You go through all of that just to play in those games. When the preparation and everything else doesnít come into the field of play the way you expected it, itís a little bit harder to deal with. You feel like you worked so hard for it that you want it. You want it right then and there.
Q: The last few years in Philadelphia have not been good for the Giants. What would it mean to win in Philly?
A: Obviously, the history between these two teams, I donít think it really needs to be explained. Just to go in there, I think Iím more excited to have Vic returning to Philly. I feel like itíll be a huge stepping stone for him. This will probably be the biggest game that heís had all year. Just with everything going into play. What happened, I feel like weíre going to come out fired up. Like you said, since Iíve been here, we havenít beaten the Eagles even at home besides this year. I donít think we beat them the past two years unless Iím wrong. Like I said, we just have to come out and put our best foot forward.
Q: You obviously have bigger goals but do you consider making the playoffs an accomplishment?
A: Yes. If it had a box by it, it would get a check but itís not the end all be all. Obviously it goes way bigger than that. Itís a stepping stone.
Q: Sterling Shepard was saying that teams are doing everything they can to take care of the long play so youíre seeing a lot of two-deep zone. Are you almost going to have to be content with dinking and dunking?
A: Yes. Itís unfortunate. Thatís probably the hardest part. You can ask any receiver in the NFL, everyone wants to catch a bomb or make big plays. Itís what you want to do. You want to make those plays. Teams are doing a great job of eliminating that. I think since, I canít even remember what week it started, but theyíre keeping a safety high. Green Bay, I think it started before Green Bay, but just keeping a safety high and over the top. Just really trapping and bracketing. Doubling or doing whatever. It hasnít really been too much man to man, so to say.
Q: Eagles tend to put two sometimes. Do you think that theyíll stick to that?
A: I think theyíre going to stick to their game plan. I donít think a team is going to shy away from what they do. Thatís how they play. You just have to find ways to take advantage of that.
Q: How to you feel about the Thursday night game and how do you approach it?
A: The same way you would approach any other game. Thereís a part of me that feels like Sunday there still was a lot left out there. I always feel that way when I leave the field. You couldíve done, this you couldíve done that. With the quick turnaround going straight to Thursday, if I was a little sore, I would probably be complaining. I feel pretty good right now and Iím excited to get back on the field. I donít mind it.
Q: How do you handle the preparation?
A: Iíve been doing what Iíve been doing for the past two and a half years ever since I pulled my hamstring. Just exercising. Some of the older guys here just told me to take care of my body. Itíll help me a lot. I do a lot of preventative stuff. Iím at home and I have two hour sessions. All that kind of stuff. Iíll be doing some work today, too.