There’s still debate about whether Xavier Rhodes will make his Cowboys debut when they take on Tom Brady, but he’s willing for them to call his number – and he’s already channeling the young DBs
Rhodes is ready to contribute to the Cowboys playoffs. FRISCO, Texas – If it were up to him, Xavier Rhodes would be in uniform and on the field to try and help the Dallas Cowboys visit Raymond James Stadium this NFL Super Wild Card weekend to take on Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It’s up to the coaching staff to decide, but Rhodes is fit and in great spirits. Just imagine another shot in the playoffs.
“That’s something you have to ask the coaches, but what I can tell you is how I feel outside,” the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback said after practice Thursday. “I feel great. I feel like I get the hang of things in defence, with the rules of the game and everything, so we’ll see sometime today or tomorrow.”
But, as mentioned above, he stands up for it.
He said, “Can I go? If I don’t, I won’t be here.”
Rhodes was signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad on Saturday, just hours before boarding the team’s charter flight to the nation’s capital in the regular season finale against the Washington Chiefs. And despite a generally poor performance for Dallas, the time he spent there was invaluable in helping Rhodes get used to his new organization.
“Let’s just see how the team works, the camaraderie of the team, how the guys communicate in games and how the coaches teach the players on the sidelines,” Rhodes said. “You see all of this as a new player and you fall into it.”
Falling into the spot, and pronto, is exactly what the Cowboys are hoping for, especially with a fight against Brady on the horizon with the season on the line. Helping Rhodes acclimate much more quickly than the familiar faces he’s spent time with at other NFL destinations.
A former first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2013, Rhodes played under current Cowboys defensive assistant George Edwards during the latter’s tenure as one of the best defensive coordinators in the league, along with safety Jaeron Kerse and four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony. bar.
“It feels great, like home,” Rhodes said of being reunited with his former Dallas Vikings countrymen. “Once you go to a new team, and you don’t know anyone, you have to start over and feel it for yourself, and I hope the guys are like you. But having played with the guys for several years, I’d have at least four [years],” he says.
“…you just come in and they help you with the team and the coaching staff.”
By the way, he’s not joking. During a locker room congratulating Kearse, who won the annual PFWA Good Guy Award for media availability over the course of the 2022 season, Rhodes ran and poured ceremonial water on the unsuspecting Kearse’s head — Kearse sporting an ear-to-ear grin and laughter after Rhodes’ show of love.
The two have clearly maintained a bond that is now moving into the Cowboys locker room.
How that plays out on Monday, assuming Rhodes plays (headed towards a debut), is to be determined, but he’s been clear about exactly what he brings to the team between the lines.
“[Mental] Veteran – 10 years in,” Rhodes said. “I’ve seen a lot of things and been in a lot of situations throughout my NFL career. I’ve been to the NFC Championships and all the way through the playoffs. You name it all, maybe I’ve been through it, and having that experience teaches guys what to expect in certain situations and what some quarterbacks like.” to throw it at; and who their favorite players are.
“I’ve been through a lot. I can definitely help teach them situational football.”
It’s a similar energy to what TY Hilton, Jason Peters, Anthony Barr, and Jonathan Hankins all contributed in 2022, something Malik Hooker started doing in 2021 for the safety unit, and so on and so forth.
On Monday, if he’s in uniform, it’ll be another chance for Rhodes to run in his first-ever Super Bowl, and doing so with the Cowboys will also carry a special air of ending a long-running drought in Dallas. . The team is hopeful that Rhodes will be the last piece needed to get the job done, and they are just as hopeful for success.
“I will be thankful for that because it means the team trusts me to be on the field with the players and play football,” he said. “For this to happen to me, if it ever did, I would be really grateful and would do what I do best: play my game.”