EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Odell Beckham Jr. has put up crazy numbers in his first three NFL seasons, but he won't mind at all if those numbers suddenly go down. Because there's only one number -- and one thing -- that the New York Giants star receiver really cares about.
And he made that clear as he stood in the fieldhouse on Monday and stared at the five Super Bowl championship banners hanging on the walls, and told the Giants to clear room for No. 5.
"See that banner? That's all I care about," Beckham said as he looked around the building. "Honestly, there's one, two, three, four in here. I don't where they'd put the fifth one, but they're going to have to make room because we need it."
It was a goal more than a guarantee, of course, and Beckham's way of reminding everyone where his focus lies. After an offseason filled with criticism of his decision to avoid the team's offseason training program while he worked out on his own and partied with some stars, and after a brief pre-camp controversy when he declared he wanted to become the highest-paid player in the NFL, Beckham is now all in with the only team goal that matters.
Maybe that's the maturity that so many in the organization hoped he's show after a tumultuous end to the 2016 season. Maybe it's because Beckham said, "the way I feel mentally, physically, spiritually right now, I'm just in a better place.
"I don't even know how to explain it," Beckham said. "I don't even feel like I'm here sometimes. … You get older, you grow, things happen, incidents and things changing. So, I think it's just growth, which is a good thing."
Surely some of that comes what happened last January in his first taste of the NFL postseason. After another spectacular regular season in which he caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns while the Giants went 11-5, he imploded in the playoffs, on and off the field. It started with his ill-advised decision to lead his fellow receivers on a trip to party on a boat in Miami six days before the Giants' first playoff game in five years. It continued with a disappointing drop-filled, four-catch, 28-yard performance.
And it ended with him punching his fist through a Lambeau Field wall following the Giants 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
It was a disaster that, seven months later, still sticks with him now.
"You have no idea," Beckham said. "I really thought about it and I'm thinking about it. Even growing up, the Giants, historical team; the Packers; historical team. Lambeau Field -- ice cold, perfect conditions, everything that you can dream of. And I wasn't able to capture the moment. And did it in a horrible way and a way that, you know, I woke up out of my sleep to.
"But I used that pain, I used that pain and I turn it into positive energy. And I know that I posted it on Instagram the other day, I said, 'If you can't see it, you're going to feel it.' And that's just how I feel. If you can't see where I'm at, then I'll make sure that you do."