His strong preseason inched him ahead of Oliver Celestin for the starting strong safety job.
"Kerry is the type of athlete and has that competitive drive that once he gets going, he's going to be real successful," cornerback Ty Law said.
Rhodes has shown a knack for being around the ball, much like the Jets' second-year safety Erik Coleman.
Coleman won his starting post last season and played in more than 98 percent of the defense's plays.
"I talk to Erik all the time," says Rhodes. "He's helped me a lot so far by telling me to be calm out there and play certain situations in my head, so when they happen on the field I know what's going on."
The Jets' secondary will be tested in Week 1 as the team travels to Kansas City, possessors of the NFL's No. 1 offense in 2004.