Of Indianapolis Colts. Need to stay as healthy as possible for your Week 1 game against. Seattle Sea Hawks.. Xavier Rhodes is no exception as the team’s number one cornerback. Rhodes was a great man-to-man cornerback in 2017. But his career fell in 2018 and 2019.
In 2020, the Colts brought him to a one-year “prove” contract. Rhodes proved to be worth the investment and had one of the best seasons of his career. The change to a zoning scheme worked wonders for Xavier Roads. But this season, Rhodes is taking care of a calf injury that could cost him 1 week against the Seahawks.
Will Xavier Rhodes play against the Seattle Sea Hawks in Week 1?
Things aren’t looking good for the 31-year-old, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pellesro. His coaches or the media have not talked much about the calf injury he is fighting. The injury could have lasted until August 19, when Rhodes suffered an unspecified injury.
Xavier Rhodes was completely ruled out of pre-season action. It is possible that they wrapped up the injury until they learned more. Whenever Xavier Rhodes returns, it may take a while for him to get to work.
How It Affects Colitis In Week 1
The Hawks have a pair of elite wide receivers, DK Metcalfe and Tyler Lockett. Both are incredibly fast and tough players to keep up with. A year ago, they had 1,303 and 1,054 yards, respectively. Regardless of the position, Metcalfe is one of the most influential players in the league. Not having the most physical cornerback Xavier Rhodes could allow the pair to have a field day.
The Colts have a top 10 estimate. Defense Despite the lack of depth in the secondary. But losing a player makes everyone’s job difficult.
Who will replace the Colts?
According to Pro Football Focus, Xavier Roads had a coverage of 77.5 in 2020. The first man will be Kenny Moore II, who has been solid, though not brilliant. Moore is able to keep pace with the locket, but lacks the physical ability needed to protect Metcalfe.
The cornback who will be tasked with protecting Metcalfe is Rock or Sen. Ya-Sin had a coverage grade of 48.2 in 2020 and was more contradictory as a bully. He offers a minimum of physicality, but he will have a big task ahead of him.
He has a fourth cornerback in the TJ Kerry roster but will have to play due to the absence of Rhodes. The Colts play a zone scheme that will help cover up some of the road damage. Safetys Julian Blackmon and Khari Willis will be assigned to assist in deep pass coverage. Darius Leonard is good enough on his own to help with the short game.
The bottom line is that without Xavier Roads, the Colts are thinner in the secondary. They can plan coverage to help their cornbacks. But Russell Wilson One of the smartest players in the NFL. He and Pat Carroll will use the loss of Rhodes to their advantage. The Colts hope Rhodes will recover for Week 2, with another tough match against the Los Angeles Rams this week.