WR Odell Beckham Jr.
August 4, 2018
Q:† Howís it going so far?
A:† Itís honestly just great to be back out there. As Iíve been running routes, running around, I remember nights falling asleep downstairs, having to get up to my room and literally having to crawl up three flights of stairs to get to my room. So to be able to walk again and be able to do the little things, youíre very appreciative of being able to be back out there, and itís great to be back out there with some of those guys Ė Sterling [Shepard], itís always good to see him, Saquon [Barkley], everybody. Itís going to be a good team.
Q:† Thereís some star players in your position who are holding out for a contract. Why did you show up?
A: Like I said, after I see my ankle snap and it feels like your world turns upside down, lifeís just different. Iím just happy. Honestly, for real, Iím just happy to be back out there running around. And like I said before, I donít believe in any of that stuff. I feel like theyíll get it done when they get it done, let my agent and them figure it out. I just come out here, try and get all the plays down, focus on being the best that I can be. So, itíll happen when it happens.
Q:† Are you optimistic?
A:† Optimistic? Yeah, Iím optimistic. Iím confident itíll all work itself out. Life always does.†
Q:† What has it meant to you the relationship building that Coach Shurmur has done by meeting you halfway, going out to LA and getting to know you? Have you ever had something like that, and what has that meant to you in the big picture?
A: Coach Shurmur is great. When we first met in LA, we just sat down and talked football, and just to see his mentality and how heís going to run the ship Ė itís just been phenomenal to come in here every day. Itís like your back at the workplace and you love it, and he makes it fun for us. Heís just doing a great job. Heís got everybody doing what weíre supposed to be doing.
Q:† You said once you wanted to be the highest paid player in the NFL. The market has changed a little bit since then, but do you still want to be the highest paid receiver?
A:† Of course, of course. I mean, who doesnít want to get more money? Everybody does. Realistically, you just got to be realistic with yourself. You see what happened over the offseason. I canít really worry about anybody else, just let them figure it out and whenever it happens, itíll happen.
Q: Do you feel like youíre taking a risk being out there in full contact drills and maybe even preseason games without a new deal?
A: Calculated. Youíre out there, you control your body and weíre practicing, these are your teammates and weíre all working together. Thereís no extra pushing and shoving and doing too much, so itís all calculated. And, like I said again, I remember not being able to walk at all so to be able to be back on the field doing what I love, itís truly an amazing feeling.†
Q: Do you think they take notice of you showing up on time and that made an impact to talks getting to where they are right now?
A: I donít know. I donít really know how to answer that one. I just know, just do what youíre supposed to be doing, the rest will take care of itself. Life always has a funny way of reminding you whoís in control and itís done that. So, Iím just taking it a day at a time, and like I said, itíll happen when it happens.†
Q: Does your ankle feel the way it was before?†
A: I donít really feel it. I donít really feel it, I donít think about it much Ė well, I try not to. Itís still always there, but Iím getting back as close to 100 [percent] as I can for right now, so itís been a long process. I can say that.
Q: When did you feel like that was the case, when you felt like you were your old self again?
A: I had been feeling it as I was working out, and itís kind of like over the last month Iíve taken a huge stride. I remember maybe two months ago, it wasnít as smooth and I wasnít getting out of cuts, and you kind of get that frustration and just you want to get back to where you were at. But now that Iím here, like I said, itís been a lot of hard work put in, lot of doctors, lot of treatment, lot of rehab, lot of pain you went through. Itís nice to be here now.†
Q: What are your personal goals?
A: Personal goals? Probably the same as every year Ė be the best that I can be, hang one of these banners up.
Q: You said you think this team could be really good. What makes you believe that? What elements are here?
A: I think itís everything starting from Coach [Shurmur], starting with what heís done since weíve been here. Bringing all these guys together, now Iím looking at the defense and theyíre moving around and theyíre causing problems for us, and I watch the O-line hang out with each other all day, every day. None of them go out to practice without each other. Itís truly incredible what they have been doing and the improvements and everything, the comradery that they have. I just think we have a special group. We got a nice little running back Ė heís alright, Saquon. But just looking to have fun this year and Coach has made it to where you can move around a lot and you can get in the slot, you can get outside, everybody has to know every position. Itís just been a lot of fun.
Q: How did you get back to such a positive and productive mindset and you and the Giants in such a positive relationship after a tumultuous and uncertain offseason?
A: I think kind of what I was saying earlier bout life Ė I literally watched my world feel like it turned upside down. I watched relationships close to me devour and things go wrong and things go sideways, and it was a lot of pain I went through the last ten months. So, just kind of taking it day by day and trying my best to just make my mindset every day I wake up, Iím going to be happy, Iím going to do this right, Iím going to do the very best that I can in whatever it is, whatever it is that I was doing. Just changed the mindset, and itís helped me out a lot with everything. Itís helped me out a lot.†
Q: Youíve obviously heard there was a lot of trade talk in March, I think. What did you make of that at the time and how did you handle that personally?
A: I donít know. Noise? Rumors? You never know. I remember I used to say all the time, donít take it personal and stuff, but I still took things personal and I really have gotten that out of my heart to not take anything personal. And with doing that, itís left things that I used to worry about out of the equation. So, once you can really put that in your heart, donít take it personal and you can feel that, itís a completely different story.†
Q: I know you said ďitíll happen when it happensĒ, but do you have any deadline in mind, maybe start of the season, when you donít want to talk anymore?
A: Weíll cross that bridge when we get there.
Q: Whatís it like to be back out there with Eli [Manning] with your teammates, but then after practice a lot of the times you guys seem to be going over technical aspects of what youíre trying to accomplish?†
A: I need all the work that I can get, and I love being able to get the timing down with 10. Like you said, being out there with him, being out there with Sterling [Shepard], and little Saquon. Itís just fun. Itís just fun, and I want to make it fun again, I just want to play football the way I used to play football and just play with that love and that passion, and do some great things. I know Coach has it lined up for us.†
Q: What did you miss the most?
A: You guys. I missed you guys. No, really. I love football. Football was always an [outlet] for me, it was always how I could get everything out, and just being able to be back out on the field like I said, I remember waking up 4 [oíclock] in the morning and crawling upstairs to my bed and laughing to myself, like this is going to be a hell of a ride for you to get back to where youíre at. And now Iím here, and thereís still a lot more for me to do. Itís truly, Iím just thankful; that God is able to put me back out there.