WR Odell Beckham Jr.
October 4, 2017
Q: How are you feeling?
A: Football. Banged up. We had a tough game, a tough loss. But, got some days until Sunday to recover and get right. But, donít feel great.
Q: Talk more about how you feel right now when it comes to injury.
A: Losing record. 0-4. You can fight through all the pain in the world. Just losing games is not fun, so ankle, get it right. Itís nothing. Itís, you know, same old story.
Q: Is the ankle any better or worse?
Q: How do you explain the dropped passes?
A: I was talking to coach (Ben McAdoo) today and the routes that weíre running and the DBís Ė I talked to them after the game. They were like, ĎWe know youíre running a certain route.í So, it was just me putting extra onto a route, just trying to create more space and I kind of have to trust myself more in the sense that when I make my break, not everybody is going to be able to come out and close that little gap. So, thereís a split second where youíre like, ĎOh, theyíre coming on your back.í And, I told 10 (Eli Manning) the play before that, I caught the ball, ran on the sideline soaking wet, wiped my pants, gloves still soaked, wiped the jersey Ė soaked. Iím about to take them off, weíre in hurry up. Itís like thereís no time. I was like, ĎIf this thing comes this way, I donít know whatís going to happen.í It came that way. But, we went back in. We caught some passes after that, so drops donít really bother me. Itís just something, my confidence is too high. You know, you drop the ball. Itís definitely an accident. I didnít do it on purpose.
Q: The DBs told you they know what route youíre running?
A: Yeah. I mean, they study film. I was talking to (Vernon) Hargreaves after the game and he was just like, ĎYou know, we know a lot of what youíre doing.í But, it still just comes to the point where you have to trust it. We have to trust 10 to make the throw like he did, not put anything extra on (the route) because if I didnít put something extra on it, the timing probably would have been perfectly right. I didnít get my head around fast enough, but weíll be alright.
Q: Why hasnít this team been able to score more in the first quarter and how important will that be going forward?
A: I think we just came out slow. In these games, weíve come out slow and really looking back on it, I remember the first two years I was here, we went 6-10, but we were losing games by 2-3 points and itís really that much of a difference. So, coming out and giving our defense energy by scoring, making them when they get on the field, you know, ĎAlright, well, offense scored. Itís time for us to get a stop.í Itís a give and take. All three phases have to go Ė all have to function together.
Q: Can any one player put too much on his shoulders at 0-4?
A: I donít know. Thatís a good question. Itís definitely a collective thing. Itís all of us. Offense, defense, special teams, everybodyís got to step it up. It was like we lost two games and everybody panicked and it made it seem like weíre at a horrible spot. We lost two, blah, blah, blah. Come back the third game, put our best foot forward, come up short. Do it again the next week. Come up short. What do you do from there? I donít see myself tanking. I donít see myself giving in and honestly I feel like this was the breaking point for us. This is going to be the turnaround. This is going to be where things start to go our way. We start to make plays. We do all that. Iím fully confident in us doing what we have to do to get to where we need to be at. So, thereís no real walking around here with your head down. Thereís none of that. Definitely not myself and I tell each and every one of my teammates, head up like a nose bleed. Keep it moving, stick together. Got 12 more games. What do you want to do in them? Itís up to us.
Q: Is there a way to not to press and just go out and play the game?
A: Well, you know, when the story gets written that youíre 0-3 and itís like, ĎOh, what are we doing?í and you hear a lot from the outside world Ė thatís where a lot of press comes from. No matter what you want to do, you hear it, you feel it. So, I feel like it may have gotten to us the last two games, but itís got to come to an end. I know Iím going to go out and give my all Sunday and we wonít come up short. Thatís the goal is to get a win and to start winning and it starts today with a good day of practice. It starts with communicating in every which way that you can and just building this team up, which weíre doing.
Q: You are a confident guy. Are you sensing that your teammates are losing confidence?
A: Heads up like a nose bleed. Like I said, weíre going to walk around here. You donít hang your head. For what? OK, you lost a couple games. Youíre a man. Adversity tests your manhood. So, letís see what kind of man you are. Are you going to fold, you going to break, you going to give in or you going to keep pushing? I know that weíre going to keep pushing. I know that for sure. Thatís the goal is to get everybody in here to push each and every day.
Q: When Vernon Hargreaves told you that he knew what routes you were running, does that tell you that you should do things differently?
A: Itís the system. Itís our offense. We were 11-5 last year and we were running the same thing. So, is it really this or are we just not executing right? And, I donít think weíre executing the way that we can, at a higher level. It wasnít a problem last year when we were winning games. So, itís just a matter of execution, really.
Q: Ben McAdoo was saying that you may need to simplify the offense to get things moving faster.
A: Be better than them. You know Iím running a slant. Beat me on a slant. Do it. I donít see you doing it. Thatís just what it has to be. Thatís the mentality you have to have. It has to be, ĎOk, cool. You know Iím running a slant. Iím going to beat you inside and Iím going to catch this ball and get 7 yards.í Whatever youíre going to get. It just has to be that mentality. You have to have it. Now is the time you have to have it. Itís not that weíre pressing, but now is the time.
Q: Would you like to see more big plays?
A: What receiver doesnít want to catch a post and score the touchdown and make big plays. Like, yeah. We wish we could get those, but we take what we can get right now. We move the ball productively and effectively and weíll see where we go from there. Of course, everybody wants big plays, but weíre taking what we can get right now.