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Giants news, 12/18: Jerry Rice comparison "shocking" to Odell Beckham Jr.

Giants headlines for Friday, 12/18.

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Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said this week that he sees "flashes" of Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice when he watches Odell Beckham Jr. The New York Giants star showed Thursday he understood just what kind of complement that was.

"Just, I mean, to be mentioned in the same sentence as Jerry Rice is still shocking to me, knowing what he accomplished and the things he was able to do," Beckham said on Thursday. "That's where you want to go, that's the direction you want to go, but nowhere near there. But I do appreciate the compliment and just keep working."

Much is being made of the match-up between Beckham and Carolina corrnerback Josh Norman Beckham did his best to downplay the one-on-one duel.

"They play cover three and he does a great job at just attacking the ball and making it difficult. It should be a very interesting game and a very interesting match-up knowing we have a lot to do and what we're really trying to accomplish," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, the Giants play the Panthers. There's (10) other people on the field and everybody has a one-on-one match-up. So no matter who you're going against, the goal is to win your match-up and that's the plan for us is to try and win the match-up the most amount of times we can."

We also learned on Thursday that Beckham was the top vote-getter among wide receivers in Pro Bowl fan balloting.

"It's awesome. Obviously, that's the goal. The goal will either be in the Super Bowl or be in the Pro Bowl. And right now we're working for Santa Clara. Trying to sneak into these playoffs, and get a clean slate, and start from there," Beckham said. "First you've got to start by taking care of the Carolina Panthers—13-0 team, arguably one of the best teams in the league right now. And they're playing at a very high level, so it's definitely going to be quite a game come Sunday."

Notable

Rookie defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa returned to practice Thursday. He is not eligible to be activated from short-term IR until Dec. 31. ... With Dwayne Harris having missed practice Thursday with a shoulder injury, special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said it's possible Beckham could return punts on Sunday.

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