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Xavier Rhodes | Defensive Back | #29

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 218
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (25) / MIN
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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he is not worried about Xavier Rhodes' (calf) health.
Rhodes picked up a calf injury against the Rams, but he was able to return to the game and said afterward he should be fine. His coach clearly agrees. Rhodes should be ready to shut down Detroit's receivers on Thursday. Nov 21 - 12:28 PM

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Vikings are "optimistic" CB Xavier Rhodes (questionable, hip) will play Sunday against the Steelers.

His presence could be a slight downgrade for Antonio Brown, though it's notable that Rhodes didn't shadow Michael Thomas last week against New Orleans. Anthony Barr (hamstring) is also expected to suit up for the Vikings.
Sep 17 - 8:04 AM

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes (hip) is questionable for Week 2 against the Steelers.

Rhodes popped up on the injury report Thursday and remained limited at Friday's practice. He's likely to play this week but if the injury hampers him at all, it would obviously be good news for Antonio Brown.
Sep 15 - 2:55 PM

Vikings signed RCB Xavier Rhodes to a five-year, $70 million extension through 2022, including $41 million guaranteed.

As Rhodes was already under contract for 2017 at $8.026 million, he is now under the Vikings' control for $78 million over the next six seasons. Among NFL cornerbacks, only Josh Norman has a pricier long-term deal. 27-year-old Rhodes earned his first Pro Bowl selection with a career-high five picks last season and has flashed shutdown coverage skills when on his game, although he has dealt with some inconsistencies. Still a top-15 NFL cornerback by most measures, Rhodes' big body, long arms, and physical style have made him a fantastic fit for Mike Zimmer's man-coverage scheme.
Jul 30 - 1:45 PM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Vikings are finalizing an extension with contract-year RCB Xavier Rhodes.

The deal is expected to be in the range of $70 million over five years. Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, locking up Rhodes is an easy move for the Vikings. Rhodes graded outside the top-30 in PFF's rankings last season, but is a hard-hitting boundary corner that excels against the run. The $14 million AAV would make Rhodes the third highest-paid cornerback in the league.
Jul 29 - 5:32 PM

The Vikings are expected to begin long-term contract discussions with RCB Xavier Rhodes this offseason.

Rhodes is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, which is set to pay him a little over $8 million in 2017. Turning 27 this summer, Rhodes is coming off yet another productive season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 33 cover corner out of 120 qualifiers. He was No. 1 among all cornerbacks in run defense and allowed the NFL's lowest passer rating in his coverage (47.0). Rhodes will command top dollar as a size-speed boundary corner.
Feb 15 - 10:48 AM

Vikings RCB Xavier Rhodes disputes the notion that the team's secondary intentionally disregarded coach Mike Zimmer's game plan on Saturday.

"It was just a miscommunication during the first series," Rhodes claimed, saying he and Terence Newman got mixed up on if they were playing "sides" or having Rhodes follow Jordy Nelson. That's not what weekend reports suggested, to say the least. The truth could be somewhere in the middle, though it still appears "leader" Newman overestimated his ability to handle Nelson, and defied Zimmer.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 01:42:00 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Vikings went against coach Mike Zimmer's game plan on the first series of Saturday's Week 16 loss to the Packers.

The game plan called for Xavier Rhodes to shadow Jordy Nelson but the Vikings decided early in the week to go off script. Terence Newman asked to cover Nelson during the first half but Zimmer told him to "do what you're supposed to do." Newman shadowed Nelson anyway and got burned for two early touchdowns. Rhodes eventually moved to Nelson and limited him to two second-half catches. Saturday's mutiny against Zimmer marks a fitting end to what has been a disappointing year for the Vikings. They've lost eight of their last 10 after starting the year 5-0 while falling out of the NFC playoff picture.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 11:06:00 AM

Vikings RCB Xavier Rhodes has passed the league's concussion protocol.

He'll be out there against the Cardinals after having his day cut short in Week 10. Rhodes has emerged as a shutdown corner for the Vikes. Almost strictly a boundary corner, Rhodes will mainly match up with Michael Floyd, John Brown, and J.J. Nelson. Floyd will be hard pressed to repeat last week's 100-yard game.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 01:37:00 PM

Vikings RCB Xavier Rhodes (concussion) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

He was concussed on Sunday against the Redskins, but it sounds like it was pretty minor -- if that can even be said for brain injuries. The Vikings badly need Rhodes to play, especially with fellow starting CBs Terence Newman and Captain Munnerlyn not practicing. This defense is ripping at the seams.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 02:27:00 PM

Vikings RCB Xavier Rhodes is in the league's concussion protocol.

Rhodes went down early in Sunday's loss to the Redskins. He's day to day, and questionable for Week 11. The collapsing Vikes can ill-afford the loss of their shutdown corner for any amount of time.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 01:29:00 PM

Vikings RCB Xavier Rhodes (knee) is active for Week 3 vs. the Panthers.

Rhodes isn't listed as a starter, so he'll be eased in as he makes his 2016 debut. Even a limited Rhodes is a big boost for the Vikings' already cooking defense. He should be close to full-go for Week 4.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 11:37:00 AM

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes (knee, questionable) considers himself a game-time decision for Week 3 against the Panthers.

"We'll find out at the same time," Rhodes told reporters of whether he'll suit up. Rhodes was limited in practice all week. Although Rhodes is the one Vikings corner that might be able to give Kelvin Benjamin some trouble, it's also possible Rhodes is less than 100 percent and/or rusty. We would hesitate to call Rhodes' return a major downgrade for Benjamin's Week 3 matchup.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 01:49:00 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said CB Xavier Rhodes (knee) "might be able to play" against the Panthers in Week 3.

Rhodes hasn't played yet this season but resumed practicing on Wednesday and could be in line to make his 2016 debut Sunday at Carolina. Trae Waynes has earned PFF's sixth-lowest cornerback grade out of 102 qualifiers while filling in for Rhodes.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 04:13:00 PM

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes (knee) returned to practice Wednesday.

He's missed the first two games of the season, but his Wednesday return bodes well for his Week 3 chances. Rhodes' presence would downgrade Kelvin Benjamin a bit this week. This one could be a defensive struggle.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 02:44:00 PM