Xavier Rhodes Emerging as Top Cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings

December 4, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Over the last four games, the Minnesota Vikings have gone 2-1-1. In the three non-losses, cornerback Xavier Rhodes was on the field for more plays than usual. That is no coincidence.
In the season opener in Detroit, Rhodes started at cornerback with Chris Cook. He was on the field for 73 snaps that game, as the Vikings started three cornerbacks against the Lions. He did not make his second start until Week 9 against the Cowboys in Dallas. He started in place of Chris Cook, who did not play due to a hip injury. 
With the injury to second-year cornerback Josh Robinson, Rhodes has gotten to start the last two games, and he has made the most of the opportunity. In each game, Rhodes has broken up a pass in the end zone—one intended for wide receiver James Jones in Green Bay, and one meant for Brandon Marshall against the Bears.
It's not a play we've seen made by a Vikings defensive back that often this season, and certainly not one made in consecutive games. The Vi...

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