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Lunchbreak: Moss, Carter Ranked Among Brandt's Top WRs

There have been plenty of outstanding wide receivers to play in the NFL over the past few decades.

A pair of them happened to play the majority of their career with the Vikings.

Gil Brandt of NFL.com recently unveiled his top wide receivers of all time, and Minnesota legends Randy Moss and Cris Carter made the top 10. 

Moss, who will go into the Vikings Ring of Honor in September, came in at No. 3.

The former first-round pick spent all or parts of eight seasons in Purple and finished with 982 career catches for 15,292 receiving yards and 156 touchdown receptions.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time First-Team All-Pro honoree, Moss set a rookie record by hauling in 17 touchdowns during his first season in the NFL in 1998.

Moss had nine seasons of double-digit receiving touchdowns, including in 2007 when he set a single-season record of 23 while with New England.

Carter played with the Vikings from 1990 to 2001 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

A former fourth-round pick, Carter ranks fifth all-time with 1,101 receptions. He recorded 13,899 receiving yards and 130 touchdown catches in his career. 

Carter had 122 receptions in back-to-back seasons in 1994 and 1995, made eight Pro Bowls and was twice named a First-Team All-Pro.

Moss and Carter played together with the Vikings from 1998 to 2001. They combined to record 93 touchdown catches during that span.

MMQB: Rhodes is league's 6th-best cornerback 

Fresh off a standout 2016 season that saw Xavier Rhodes nab his first Pro Bowl selection, the Vikings cornerback has turned some heads around the league. 

Andy Benoit and Gary Gramling of the MMQB Podcast released their list for the NFL's current top 10 cornerbacks, and Rhodes was slotted sixth.

The former first-round pick had a team-high five interceptions in 2016 and tied for second on the Vikings with 14 passes defended. He also recorded 54 total tackles (according to coaches' tally) and added two tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

Gramling and Benoit each had high praise for Rhodes.

"If you're going to play cornerback for Mike Zimmer you're going to have to tackle, and Rhodes is certainly the one of the best in that area as well," Gramling said. 

Added Benoit: "Out on the boundary where you can use the sideline as an extra defender, Rhodes is probably the best boundary corner in the NFL right now."

Benoit also explained that Rhodes' physicality and toughness make him a matchup nightmare for the top wide receiver on opposing teams.

"Mike Zimmer likes his wide receivers to disrupt wide receivers off the line of scrimmage," Benoit said. "Every receiver would love to get free access off the line, and Mike Zimmer knows that … you want a guy that lines up and presses and threatens to hit you in the throat when you're coming off the line, and then does.

"That's Xavier Rhodes. He has incredibly strong hands, his arms are long, he's just a thick player," Benoit added. "When you take a guy like that and play him outside in a press scheme … that's a hard guy to contend with."

Rhodes was also named to the NFL's Top 100 list for the first time as he debuted in the 66th spot.

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