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Physicality a welcome change for Rhodes

Physicality a welcome change for Rhodes

Mike Zimmer’s defense seems to be playing toward Xavier Rhodes’ strength and the cornerback agrees, but there is still more refining of his skills in store.

When the Minnesota Vikings drafted big, physical cornerback Xavier Rhodes last year, they were running primarily a Tampa-2 zone defense but talking about playing more man defense. That never really materialized last year, as injuries and ineffectiveness in the defensive backfield helped sink the secondary to the 31st-ranked pass defense. Rhodes is trying not to dwell on last year and that’s an...

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