After a heartbreaking loss to the Eagles on Sunday, the New York Giants are 3-8. But look on the bright side — one more win, and they’ll top last season’s record! Not only that, but they do have a healthy Odell Beckham Jr. again. That’s not nothing. During his first three full seasons in the league, OBJ put up 1,000 yards or more. In fact, he averaged 96 receptions, 1,374 yards and roughly 12 touchdowns over his first three seasons.
This year, he has 74 receptions for 1,017 yards and five scores across 11 games. And while that sounds great, Beckham isn’t quite content with that. He wants to do more.
“Like I said, it’s not a down year. My numbers are still my numbers,” he told ESPN’s Jordan Raanan on Thursday. “I guess that is where my mindset is different than everybody else. I expect way higher of myself.”
So, how much higher does he expect himself to go? How much higher does he want to go? Well, it’s quite high.
“I expect … I’m trying to reach 2,000 yards. I’m trying to go for 20 TDs. One-hundred receptions is tatted on me. Those are goals that hopefully in my career and future, along with championships and winning, because numbers don’t mean anything without winning. You can go home with 300 yards in a game with an L — it’s not going to feel good.”
Can you imagine Beckham putting up those kind of numbers? Hell, can you imagine any wideout putting up those kind of numbers? Probably not. Still, it’s all about winning. Beckham knows that; he wants that. Yet until the Giants figure out what to do with Eli Manning, they’re probably not going to be doing much winning anytime soon. Look, they have two franchise players in OBJ and rookie halfback Saquon Barkley. It’s time to build for the future.
“So it’s really all about winning, and I just feel like I could’ve had a better year so far but this is where I’m at. You just have to deal with that, keep pushing to keep getting better day by day, work at your craft. That is all I can really do.”
Up next, Beckham and the G-Men face the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears, who have won five in a row.