Xavier Rhodes: Getting cut was a “reality check”

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Things went downhill quickly for cornerback Xavier Rhodes in Minnesota.

The 2013 Vikings first-round pick was a first-team All-Pro in 2017, which was the first year of a five-year contract that looked like it would make Rhodes a fixture on the defense for at least that long. Rhodes’ play took a turn for the worse from there, however, and he wound up getting cut earlier this month as the Vikings opted to create cap space rather than hope for a rebound.

Rhodes landed a one-year contract with the Colts to see if that rebound can happen in Indianapolis. He spoke to reporters on Monday for the first time since signing that deal and said that getting released was a “reality check” about where his career has gone.

“You have to prove yourself every day,” Rhodes said, via Stephen Holder of TheAthletic.com.

Rhodes will have a couple of familiar faces to turn to as he tries to make a new go of it with the Colts. Cornerbacks coach Jonathan Gannon and safeties coach Alan Williams both coached in Minnesota during Rhodes’ earlier days with the Vikings, so perhaps they can help him find a way to tap into what’s been missing from his game in recent days.

39 responses to “Xavier Rhodes: Getting cut was a “reality check”

  1. Someone really needs to tell this guys that everyone is replaceable, everyone.

  2. You’d think getting beat by mediocre wide receivers multiple times a game would have been a reality check, too.

  3. Lions looked at him, potentially bringing him in, glad they didn’t.

  4. Damn, you mean the game film wasn’t enough. You have been terrible for over a year.

  5. He has always been overrated. Now that the game keeps a closer eye on holding and pass interference, he’s shown to be pedestrian.

  6. I’m going to miss Xavier Rhodes getting toasted then coming up limping only to magically recover a couple plays later. And Trae Waynes looking the ball into the receivers hands, patiently waiting for the receiver to secure the ball, then tackling him.

  7. Glad he is gone, Trae Waynes as well. Both either got beat, or a flag for PI or holding call. Both are a liability, and happy they are gone.

  8. lifeistoughtrustmeimadolphinsfan says:
    March 30, 2020 at 4:34 pm
    Someone really needs to tell this guys that everyone is replaceable, everyone.

    29 3 Rate This

    Agree EVEN Dak! jerry save the money, sign Cam for all I care he cant do worse then 8-8. Spend the money you save on defense.

  9. Rhodes ain’t Closed like they used to be. He had more than enough chances to bounce back.

    Wish you the best man.

  10. I would have hoped that playing so poorly to make him the focal point of criticism of the defense for two years would have been enough of a reality check, but I guess not.

  11. I cant wait to see what Zimmer and Co schemes against Rhodes when the Vikings play in Indy this year

  12. Waste Management HQ Lambeau Field Landfill says:
    March 30, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    At least he didn’t up in Green Bay.
    _______

    I agree.

  13. He made comments like that after every game he cost the Vikings! He will never change.

  14. Did Viking fans wish, hope, and pray enough to keep all the starters from abandoning their team?

  15. While I wish Rhodes the best, as a Viking fan, I’m glad to see him move on. I wish him the best. If the Colts assign him to the opposition’s slowest receiver each game, he’ll do okay.

  16. Getting benched for an undrafted rookie might have been.
    Rhodes would shut down Julio, etc and earned the nickname ‘Rhodes closed’ for a while.
    Then he lost a step or three and it was was roads open all day.

  17. Codylaws says:
    March 31, 2020 at 8:39 am
    If he can’t thrive with Zimmer, who can coach him better? None

    –————-

    Pete Carroll.

  18. Welcome Folks, to another episode of Barney bashing time.
    It’s that fine moment when a former Viking player leaves Loserville for good, only to have almost the entire fan base bash him relentlessly.
    Enjoy!

  19. He is a great person the community will miss him. As a young player making big plays, he took a lot of big hits. It took its toll on his body as it does on big bodied corner backs. Good luck to you in the future. You have represented yourself, your family and your team with class. Thank you

  20. Welcome Folks, to another episode of Barney bashing time.
    It’s that fine moment when a former Viking player leaves Loserville for good, only to have almost the entire fan base bash him relentlessly.
    Enjoy!

    >>

    See Blake Martinez.

  21. Frazier28/7 says:
    March 31, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Welcome Folks, to another episode of Barney bashing time.
    It’s that fine moment when a former Viking player leaves Loserville for good, only to have almost the entire fan base bash him relentlessly.
    Enjoy!

    >>

    See Blake Martinez.
    _________

    Yes, it’s absolutely true, you Barneys bash current and former Packer
    players almost as much as your own.
    skoLOL!

  22. stellarperformance says:
    March 31, 2020 at 6:55 am
    Did Viking fans wish, hope, and pray enough to keep all the starters from abandoning their team?
    ////////
    I read your comment several times. I still have no idea what point or message you were trying to get across. I mean, the article is about a guy the Vikings cut, not a solid free agent that left.

  23. Yea. Let me get a piece of paper and crayon to better explain to the Wisconsin educated.

  24. conormacleod says:
    March 31, 2020 at 11:20 am
    stellarperformance says:
    March 31, 2020 at 6:55 am
    Did Viking fans wish, hope, and pray enough to keep all the starters from abandoning their team?
    ////////
    I read your comment several times. I still have no idea what point or message you were trying to get across. I mean, the article is about a guy the Vikings cut, not a solid free agent that left.
    —————–
    He’s the same guy who last year was trying to say Blake Martinez was a top 3 linebacker in the NFL, lol. Logic is not a strong suit of his.

  25. stellarperformance says:
    March 31, 2020 at 6:55 am
    Did Viking fans wish, hope, and pray enough to keep all the starters from abandoning their team?
    *************************************************************************************

    The Vikings brass is managing the cap by keeping only PFF top 10 graded guys & not overpaying for talent.

    Gathering a slew of draft picks in a loaded draft class & getting a younger, cheaper roster.

    Just playing chess, buddy, just playing chess.

  26. MightyMidwest says:
    March 31, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    The Vikings brass is managing the cap by keeping only PFF top 10 graded guys & not overpaying for talent.

    Gathering a slew of draft picks in a loaded draft class & getting a younger, cheaper roster.

    Just playing chess, buddy, just playing chess.
    ___________

    Are you joking?
    They’re dumping so much of their roster because they’ve overspent on middling talent for years and there’s little choice anymore.
    That’s why they’re carrying so much dead cap $$$.

    And quite honestly, the Vikings should really discard the chess and start playing football.
    I mean, if they ever want to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
    What is it, 60 years and counting?

  27. Wafflestomp says:
    March 31, 2020 at 2:49 pm
    MightyMidwest says:
    March 31, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    The Vikings brass is managing the cap by keeping only PFF top 10 graded guys & not overpaying for talent.

    Gathering a slew of draft picks in a loaded draft class & getting a younger, cheaper roster.

    Just playing chess, buddy, just playing chess.
    ___________

    Are you joking?
    They’re dumping so much of their roster because they’ve overspent on middling talent for years and there’s little choice anymore.
    That’s why they’re carrying so much dead cap $$$.

    And quite honestly, the Vikings should really discard the chess and start playing football.
    I mean, if they ever want to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
    What is it, 60 years and counting?
    ***********************************************************************************

    The Vikings extended the #6 ranked QB, #1 ranked safety Anthony Harris, #5 ranked fullback CJ Ham, #3 ranked punter Britton Colquitt, and #10 ranked kicker Dan Bailey.

    Those that they allowed to walk, were grade #40+

    WR Diggs + a 7th was traded for a bevy of draft picks, including a 1st, 5th, 6th & a 4th next year.

    If facts are jokes to you, then…….ha ha?

  28. Wafflestomp says:
    March 31, 2020 at 9:22 am
    Welcome Folks, to another episode of Barney bashing time.
    It’s that fine moment when a former Viking player leaves Loserville for good, only to have almost the entire fan base bash him relentlessly.
    Enjoy!
    ****************************************************************************

    “We’ll never forget you Brent”

    They literally made Tshirts after HoF QB ditched them. Oh the irony of morons

    It wasn’t a thing in the villages of Sconnie until the Vikes picked up Favre! LOL

  29. MightyMidwest, The Vikings are currently carrying over 20 million dead cap dollars with more to come.
    All of it due to mismanaged contracts, primarily because of overvalued potential free agents.

    I will admit, they made quite a nice little haul for trading away probably their best and most consistent player in Diggs, but you better hope you draft well with those picks as that trade alone cost you 9 million.
    And they have to manage all this while still being led by a coach and GM who’ve shown they aren’t cut out for their respective jobs.

    The Vikings despite their 10-6 record struggled against good teams.
    When matched against teams who posted a .500 or better record they only notched 2 wins against 6 losses.
    Not to mention they failed miserably within the NFC North posting a laughable 2-4 record.
    Thank you Lions. (I’ll wait for the inevitable excuses.)
    I expect an even more bleak outlook for 2020.

    Check back with me during the holiday season, I’d be really interested in your view your team’s strategic offseason moves over our turkey. 😉

  30. Raider fan here. The Coach and GM have done quite a job turning this team into a contender the last 3 years. They were only lacking the 2-3 game changers on defense last year. These guys you cannot find early.

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