WR Odell Beckham Jr. -- December 28, 2018
Q: Is it a level of frustration for you the way the last month has gone?
A: Yeah, obviously not the way I wanted to end the season. You train all offseason for these 16 games, plus the chance to go to the playoffs, and itís definitely not the way I wanted to end the season. Disappointed Ė myself, teammates, everybody, just the whole community and thatís not the way I wanted to end it. On a positive note, it leaves a huge chip on my shoulder for next year, and just the things that I know Iím capable of doing. Itís just time to do them and put my best foot forward next year. I think next year will be the best year Iíve had in my entire career. Thatís the only positive that I can take from all of it. I wish that I could be playing, but it is what it is.
Q: How much do you look forward to getting a full 16 game season under your belt?
A: The sky is the limit. Obviously, you want to play every single game. I have kind of a flukish little quad pull, strain, whatever you want to call it. It allows you to miss the last four games of the season. Like I said, the sky is the limit and I know that next year is going to be tough on everybody I play. Thatís just how I feel, thatís how Iím coming. I do have a positive outlook for 2019-2020. I say this is going to be my year every year until it is going to be my year. So, next year is going to be my year, and if itís not next year, the year after is going to be my year. Thatís the goal every year.
Q: You just completed your fifth year. The lifespan for NFL players isnít too long. Do you worry that youíre going to run out of time?
A: No, not really. Not something you really look at. You just kind of stay in the moment. You think about the end, but Iím trying to play into, I should pass (Pro Football Hall of Fame WR) Jerry (Rice), thatís the goal. However long that takes, I feel like Iím capable of doing it. To come back from major ankle surgery and have this, this is nothing. It just took me out of the last four games of the season. Not to say that itís not serious, because it obviously kept me out. Iíll be fine.
Q: Were there any setbacks along the way where it didnít heal properly?
A: When you pull a muscle and you try to get back out there, itís just tough. You just need time off. The only thing that heals Ė everything is time, and we were just short on time at the moment. Itís really nothing. Once youíre over it, itís gone. It just was the timing of it. Itís not very fortunate.
Q: With how much time and money you put into your body during the offseason, how frustrating is it when something like this causes you a quarter of your season?
A: Itís life, it happens. I wish I couldíve finished the end of the season, but it is what it is at this point.
Q: Will you change anything in how you train, where you train?
A: No, Iím not going to change anything.
Q: What do you think went wrong this year?
A: It was just the way that it played out. Close games that we didnít finish on. Since Iíve been here, weíve lost a lot of games by less than five points. Youíre right there, but you canít get over that hump. My goal is to bring my A+ game next year. I donít care who is in front of me next year and thatís just how Iím coming. Thatís just the bottom line. This season didnít go the way we wanted. It definitely didnít go the way I wanted personally, but you take it as a learning lesson and you keep on moving.
Q: Do you want to see (QB) Eli (Manning) back as your quarterback?
A: I love Eli. Iíve been with Eli Ė heís the first quarterback Iíve ever had in the league. I threw at him, Manning Camp, high school. Thereís a lot of things you want in life. You canít always get what you want, but at the end of the day I want him to be able to go home and talk trash to his brothers. When itís his time to go out, I want him to go out the right way. I want him to go out with a trophy so he can go home and, not rub it in their face, but heís got three rings, they got two, or whatever it is. Thatís what I want for him. Thatís how I want him to finish. It has nothing to do with me. Itís not my call. Iím just a receiver. Thatís above my paygrade.
Q: What do you think this team needs to win next season?
A: We just got to put the pieces together. We were so close this year in so many different ways, in so many different games. Just finding ways to put it all together and itís been that way for a little minute. Itís just about finding those way to put it all together, score more points, give up fewer points, make plays on special teams, all the little things.
Q: Why didnít you guys just shut it down if this was going to keep you out for four weeks?
A: I just do what Iím told. If they say we need you to do this, thatís what Iím going to do. I tried my best to get back out there, but it just wasnít going to happen.