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Xavier Rhodes | Defensive Back

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
College: Florida State
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The Vikings have ruled out CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) for Week 16.
A.J. Green owners should be licking their chops. The Vikings played a ton of man coverage with Marcus Sherels, Robert Blanton, and Shaun Prater making up their nickel package in last week's win over the Eagles. They're likely to do that again this week versus Cincinnati. Fri, Dec 20, 2013 01:57:00 PM

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Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) is expected to miss a "few weeks."

Rhodes, the No. 25 overall pick in April's draft, went down in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Ravens. He's likely dealing with a high-ankle sprain and could be sent to injured reserve. Rhodes is the only regular Vikings corner to have a positive grade at Pro Football Focus this season.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 08:18:00 PM

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes was forced from Minnesota's Week 14 game against the Ravens with an ankle injury, and will not return.

Rhodes went down midway through the fourth quarter, and was immediately ruled out. That suggests he suffered a high-ankle sprain. Marcus Sherels is now in at cornerback, and has already tallied an interception.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 03:57:00 PM

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes has been cleared to play after his Week 12 concussion.

He practiced fully on Friday and will start against Brandon Marshall's Bears. The Vikings need all hands on deck because their secondary has been a rag-tag unit this year and Chicago fill-in quarterback Josh McCown has been on fire.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 03:50:00 PM

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes has been diagnosed with a concussion.

It's not good news for the Vikings' struggling and undermanned secondary. Rhodes has dealt with a slew of minor injuries this season, but has yet to miss a game. He should be considered 50-50 for Sunday's tilt with the Bears. Rhodes has graded out as the Vikings' top corner in Pro Football Focus' ratings, though he's been highly shaky. Reserve A.J. Jefferson was released on Monday.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 01:43:00 PM

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes suffered knee and shoulder injuries in Sunday's loss.

Rhodes was limited in Tuesday's practice ahead of Thursday's game against the Redskins. He says the shoulder injury is his main concern. Rhodes dealt with an ankle issue earlier this season, but didn't miss any time. Sporting one of the league's most banged-up secondaries, the Vikings can ill afford to be without Rhodes against Washington.
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 07:00:00 PM

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday's loss, but an MRI came back negative.

The rookie first-rounder could still be dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Rhodes has made only one start, but played the second most snaps of Vikings corners, grading out positively in Pro Football Focus' ratings.
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 02:02:00 PM

The Vikings' official website has named first-round CB Xavier Rhodes the team's "defensive standout" through the first week of training camp.

This comes on the heels of DC Alan Williams praising Rhodes after minicamp last month. "[Rhodes] can be physical in press coverage," writes Mike Wobschall. "He has recovery speed in case a receiver gets past him, he reads and reacts well in the run game and in space while dropping into a zone, and he makes plays on the ball with good closing speed and soft hands." The No. 25 overall pick has a firm grip on one of the starting outside corner spots.
Source: vikings.com
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 09:06:00 PM

Vikings signed No. 25 overall pick CB Xavier Rhodes to a four-year contract.

A physical press corner with excellent athleticism at 6'1/210, Rhodes is fully expected to start across from Chris Cook come Week 1. He'll deal with the No. 2 wideouts as Cook pushes to become a "shadow corner."
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 10:56:00 AM

Vikings DC Alan Williams praised first-round CB Xavier Rhodes' ball skills following minicamp.

"[Rhodes] got his hands on some balls and he’s not giving up deep balls," Williams said. "That's the big thing because a lot of guys like to sit on passes and you see them intercept balls and you say ‘wow’ and then a lot of balls are going over his head. And he's not giving up either. He's tough down low and up top." The Vikings will sport one of the biggest starting cornerback duos in the league with Rhodes (6-foot-1, 210) and Chris Cook (6-foot-2, 212).
Source: vikings.com
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 06:07:00 PM

Vikings selected Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes with the No. 25 overall pick.

Rhodes (6-foot-1 1/2, 210) is a physical, long-armed (33 3/4") press corner who ran 4.43 at the Combine with a tremendous 40.5-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump. A 38-game starter for the 'Noles, Rhodes tallied eight career INTs and seven tackles for loss. Rhodes displays loose hips, quick feet, ample recovery speed, and standout ball skills on tape. Consistency and technique were sometimes issues, but Rhodes' overall game is reminiscent of Aqib Talib. The former receiver is very aggressive and could start opposite Josh Robinson or Chris Cook in 2013.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 10:53:00 PM

Coach Mike Munchak says the Titans are in pursuit of a true press corner who can get physical with wide receivers at the line of scrimmage.

The Titans face Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, and Justin Blackmon twice per year in the AFC South. "We’ll definitely look at a corner ... that has those kinds of abilities," said Munchak. "That can get up in your face and play a little more man to man." While the logical connection might be Florida State's Xavier Rhodes, press corners are often found in the draft's mid to late rounds.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 09:42:00 AM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune considers Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes "a very realistic option" for the Saints at No. 15.

The Saints actively pursued cornerbacks even after signing Keenan Lewis -- namely, Nnamdi Asomugha and Tracy Porter -- and are emphasizing physical press-man corners under new coordinator Rob Ryan. They've soured on former first-round pick Patrick Robinson, while Ryan may not view Jabari Greer as a scheme fit. We still think it'd be tough for New Orleans to pass on Jarvis Jones.
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 09:36:00 PM

The Dolphins reportedly believe Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes would be a poor fit for their defensive scheme.

Rhodes was a popular early mock draft pick for the Fins at No. 12, but he is a press-man corner and Miami runs zone. If the Dolphins sit tight at 12 -- which seems like a long shot anyway -- they'd be more likely to consider West Virginia's Tavon Austin, Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert, or even pass-rush help than Rhodes.
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 02:51:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Stephen Holder considers the Bucs a "near certainty" to draft a cornerback at No. 13 overall.

Holder believes Tampa will draft a corner in the first round even if it acquired Darrelle Revis. The Bucs do need two starting cornerbacks, so the thoroughly needs-based approach is at least logical. Florida State's Xavier Rhodes is expected to be on the Bucs' radar, assuming he gets by Miami at No. 12.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 11:24:00 AM

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