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Thursday Media Transcript: Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/16/2018 1:04 pm
Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
August 16, 2018
Joint Practice with Detroit

Re: the draft process
A: You really donít know where youíre going to go. I had no idea I was going to be where Iím at today. I thought that Tampa Bay was a possibility. I thought Buffalo was a possibility Ė and they traded up and got (Chiefs WR) Sammy (Watkins). Tampa took (WR) Mike Evans, I think. Who was right before Detroit with the ninth pick? I canít remember, but I thought I was possibly going to have that. And then 10th, I was like alright, Iím going to go to Detroit Ė didnít happen. Then, fell to 12th with the Giants. So, I think it worked out perfectly. But, I do remember that.

Q: Do you ever think about what could have been with (Former Lions All-Pro WR) Calvin Johnson, (WR) Golden Tate, and you, with (QB) Matt Stafford throwing the ball?
A: Not really right now. Iím sure I thought about it during that time, and it wouldíve been a great opportunity. But, everything happens for a reason.

Q: What have these two days of hard practice against the Lions done for you in terms of getting back in the swing of things?
A: It was cool to be able to go against somebody else. Weíve been going against our guys every day, and they know everything that youíre doing. Itís hard to beat somebody who sees you every single day. So, to be able to go against other guys, compete, practice hard and practice safe, it was a lot of fun to be back out there. You know, Iíve been going against (Lions CB Darius) Slay since Mississippi State. Every time I see him, itís always good energy.

Q: What about Darius Slay stands out to you?
A: Obviously, heís been one of the best corners in the league. Heís been doing his thing for a while. Like I said, weíve been competing since college. Itís always been hard every time weíve gone against each other. We just like to compete. Weíre both guys who love to play football and compete.

Q: Have you learned anything about yourself this week in terms of where you stand with your production?
A: I donít really know how to answer it. Right now, Iím really just trying to get back to the best that I can possibly be. So, to go out there and to be able to work some of the techniques, work on some of the things youíve been working on and go against somebody else, it was a good confidence builder. Weíve been doing it in practice. You put the pads on, you go against somebody else. It was a lot of fun. It was much needed.

Q: How do you feel about playing in a preseason game? Do you feel as if itís best to wait it out until the regular season?
A: Coach (Shurmur) and I have a game plan. We usually figure it out and we just go from there. So, weíll see what it is for this week, and then worry about next week when it comes.

Q: Did you get more out of these three days than you would in a preseason game?
A: There were some periods where I remember I was going eight plays in a row, or something like that. You kind of build up that wind. And even in practice, Iíve been getting pushed a lot at practice. Asking for reps just because I need it. I need to feel that. I need to feel eight to ten plays, maybe 15 plays, and just kind of get that back. Itís just very helpful to be able to come out and go against somebody else and compete. Every day that you have the chance to go out on the field, we have a chance to get better right now. So, thatís all Iím focusing on.

Q:† Do you feel healthy enough to play? Is it a health issue? Is it getting your sea legs back underneath you?
A: Itís just about timing. Whenever itís time to go, itíll be time to go. Iím feeling pretty good, Iím feeling fast, itís starting to come back to me. Iím just very thankful to be where Iím at right now.

Q: Given the circumstances, when did you decide you were comfortable with the risk of practicing against another team, going out there and getting closer to a game?
A: I just need it, the season is coming up. You need that work, I canít really shy away from it right now. Like I said, once your ankle snaps and you felt like your whole world is turned upside down, you see things a little different now. To just be able to simply walk again, to run again, to do those things. It really was a blessing, so right now any chance I get to go out on the field and practice my craft, Iím going as hard as I can.

Q: Odell, when that video came out of you in March, in Paris, was that any kind of turning point?
A: Thatís not what weíre here to talk about, weíre here to talk about football. Any other questions you can ask me another time.

Q: Do you trust that the organization will do right by you given that youíre doing right by what a player playing for an organization should do?
A: I definitely think itís going to work itself out. When is it going to happen? You donít know. Thatís the business side that is still new to me in a sense, this is the first time Iíve had to deal with this or go through any of those things. I believe that itís going to work itself out, itís just a matter of time. Just like everything in life, itís timing.

Q: Do you get updates on that? Do you ask for updates on that?
A: Iíll let them figure it out. Right now, I just want to be back on the field. It feels good out there to run routes, to catch passes, to be able to be with those guys, grinding every day. Weíre up at seven, we have meetings, this, that, just to be back in the swing of things, I just feel like Iím back in love with what Iíve always loved.

Q: Before the Jaguars, do you need to play in a game and get hit and catch the ball and feel what all that stuff is about or is that overrated?
A: I mean, I donít know. Iíve been playing football all my life, football is always going to be football. I can go in preseason and get hit a million times and go in a game and get hit once. I can go in preseason and get hit once, you never know, every play in football is a dangerous play. I feel very confident in myself and, like I said, Iíve been playing football all of my life, so itís always going to be football to me.

Q: Do you feel for Saquon (Barkley)?
A: Feel for him? Yeah, I mean, I donít know how you pull your hamstring as a rookie, thatís unreal (laughter). Like I told him, just take your time. Thereís nothing you need to prove to any of us, thereís nothing you need to prove to anybody. You know what youíre capable of, I know what youíre capable of, we know what youíre capable of, itís just about getting healthy. I remember I think I pulled my hamstring my rookie year, and just having to deal with that, I kind of can give him some insight on what I went through. But at the same time, I still have to step back because itís his journey and you have to let him make his decisions. But just trying to keep his spirits up, he wants to be out there, heís always been a guy who works hard. Just keeping his mind right, man, heís going to be good come September 9th and thatís all that really matters now.

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