Xavier Rhodes Already Seems More Comfortable With the Colts

Max Staley
Xavier Rhodes could be great with the Indianapolis Colts.
Xavier Rhodes could be great with the Indianapolis Colts. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

On the surface, signing a cornerback who has made the Pro Bowl in three of the last four years, including 2019, seems like a fantastic addition. But sometimes accolades don't quite tell the whole story.

Xavier Rhodes going to the Indianapolis Colts didn't get much fanfare, because despite that Pro Bowl nomination, Rhodes was atrocious in 2019. Opposing quarterbacks had an 81.5 completion percentage when targeting Rhodes in coverage (66-of-81), he allowed a 123.8 passer rating and he surrendered 9.8 yards per target.

In other words, attacking Rhodes was essentially an automatic first down. But he could be in for a bounce-back year in Indianapolis, as he already appears a lot more comfortable in this system, which he revealed to Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star:

It's so much easier... I’ll tell you that... This one is more zone, eyes to the quarterback. That’s going to be the main difference for me, is being able to play looking at the quarterback, rather than looking at the man.

Xavier Rhodes

That has to be encouraging, because if Rhodes returns to form the Colts got an absolute steal. He posted a grade of at least 73.0 from Pro Football Focus in 2016 and 2017, but Indianapolis is paying him just $3.25 million – so if he looks like he did in 2019 (46.4 grade, per PFF), no harm done.

It's a savvy low-risk, high-reward gamble from general manager Chris Ballard.

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