Odell Beckham Jr.‘s season is officially over.
The Giants wide receiver was ruled out for Sunday’s season finale against the Dallas Cowboys with a bruised right quad, and he will end his season missing the last four games due to the injury, which he described as a “hematoma.”
“Yeah, obviously not the way I wanted to end the season,” Beckham told reporters on Friday. “You train all offseason for these 16 games, plus the chance to go to the playoffs, and it’s definitely not the way I wanted to end the season. Disappointed – myself, teammates, everybody, just the whole community and that’s not the way I wanted to end it.”
But, just as he did following his season-ending injury last season, he will be using this disappointment as fuel this offseason.
“On a positive note, it leaves a huge chip on my shoulder for next year, and just the things that I know I’m capable of doing,” Beckham said. “It’s just time to do them and put my best foot forward next year. I think next year will be the best year I’ve had in my entire career.
Now, Beckham pointed out that, “I say this is going to be my year every year,” which is always a good mindset to have from your superstar receiver. But he had a very serious tone when making this proclamation for 2019, as he still has much to prove.
For one, he obviously wants to get back to the playoffs, and find redemption after his bad performance in the Wild Card Game two years ago. He also wants to pull together another 16-game season, something he has only done once in his five years in the NFL (2016).
Despite his injury history, Beckham is confident a full season on the field will come next season and for years to come. After all, he has some all-time NFL records he wants to stamp his name next to when all is said and done.
“Not something you really look at,” Beckham answered when asked about how much longer he has in the NFL. “You just kind of stay in the moment. You think about the end, but I’m trying to play into, I should pass Jerry, that’s the goal. However long that takes, I feel like I’m capable of doing it.”
Luckily, recovering from this quad injury this offseason doesn’t compare to the process Beckham had to go through with his ankle. But he will be taking the same precautions to make sure he is 100 percent ready for 2019, with the main precaution being time to allow the injury to heal.
“It’s life, it happens,” he said. “I wish I could’ve finished the end of the season, but it is what it is at this point.”
Beckham entered the season inking a record five-year, $90 million contract, with $65 million guaranteed after playing in just four games in 2017. He finished this season with 77 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games.
LB Alec Ogletree (concussion), TE Rhett Ellison (concussion), WR Russell Shepard (ankle) and DL Mario Edwards (calf) are also out for Sunday.