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Rhodes becoming more reliable, CB workhorse

He may not be considered a starter (yet), but Xavier Rhodes has played more (and perhaps better) than any other Vikings defensive back as he approaches a rookie record. His stats show he is improving, too.

Xavier Rhodes remains soft-spoken but is gaining more confidence with each week. He should. He is becoming more of a factor in defending the pass and has a chance to break a long-standing rookie record. He is currently second in passes defensed among Vikings rookies, trailing safety Orlando Thomas' record (19) from 1995 by three. "I'm more comfortable. You step on the field, you have to be... Recommended Stories