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Kyle Rudolph | Tight End | #82

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 265
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (43) / MIN
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Kyle Rudolph caught 6-of-12 targets for 45 yards in the Vikings' Week 13 loss to the Cowboys.
Rudolph had a decent night in a golden matchup. The 12 targets were actually his most of the season, giving him 22 over his past two games. Rudolph is an every-week TE1, but will typically find himself in the 8-12 range, depending on the foe. Dec 2 - 12:09 AM

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Kyle Rudolph caught 9-of-10 targets for 64 yards in the Vikings' Week 12 loss to the Lions.

The catches were Rudolph's most of the season. The Vikings took advantage of Detroit's tight end vulnerable defense, but couldn't pop any big plays. Rudolph also appeared to tweak his right shoulder late in the proceedings. He'll have 10 days to heal up for next week's game against the Cowboys.
Nov 24 - 4:10 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-3 targets for 12 yards in the Vikings' Week 11 win over the Cardinals.

Rudolph's role has been inconsistent since Pat Shurmur replaced Norv Turner as offensive coordinator, drawing target counts of 3, 8, 3 in that three-game window. Rudolph's weekly floor has been lowered. With that said, he has a mouth-watering Week 12 matchup against the Lions' leaky tight end defense.
Nov 20 - 7:08 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 5-of-8 targets for 69 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 against Washington.

Rudolph was left wide open on a 20-yard TD in the second quarter. He's scored in consecutive weeks after going three games without a touchdown. Rudolph is Minnesota's top red-zone option, but won't be more than a back-end TE1 in Week 11 against a Cardinals defense that shuts down tight ends.
Nov 13 - 5:55 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 1-of-3 targets for a one-yard touchdown in the Vikings' Week 9 loss to the Lions.

Rudolph got wide open on his second-quarter touchdown and saw another end-zone target in the fourth, but his role was surprisingly small in a great matchup against the Lions. Rudolph has another friendly draw against the Redskins in Week 10, although it is somewhat fair to wonder if Norv Turner's resignation could affect Rudolph's role to some extent moving forward.
Nov 6 - 5:03 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 5-of-6 targets for 31 yards in the Vikings' Week 8 loss to the Bears.

The Vikings only visited the red zone one time on Monday night, so Rudolph didn't get many (any) chances to score. Rudolph is still averaging over 7.1 targets per game on the year. He gets a dream spot at home against the Lions in Week 9. They've allowed eight TE1 finishes through eight weeks.
Nov 1 - 12:10 AM

Kyle Rudolph caught 5-of-11 targets for 55 yards in the Vikings' Week 7 loss to the Eagles.

The 11 targets were a team-high after he had just four targets before the bye. Rudolph also was Bradford's go-to receiver on several third-down conversions, and he has established himself as the No. 1 option in the passing game. He will be a solid TE1 on Monday night against the Bears.
Oct 23 - 5:26 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-4 targets for 15 yards Week 5 against the Texans.

Rudolph was stuck on one yard until a 14-yard grab late in the game. Even with Stefon Diggs out, Rudolph could not get anything going against one of the best tight end defenses in the league. It will not get much easier against the Eagles after the bye, but Rudolph's target share and red-zone usage will keep him in the TE1 mix.
Oct 9 - 5:21 PM

Kyle Rudolph (clavicle, ribs) returned to practice on Thursday.

Rudolph was listed as a DNP with a clavicle/rib injury on Wednesday but in reality, he was at the hospital with his wife, who gave birth to twins late Tuesday night. Rudolph is riding a three-game touchdown streak and needs to be starting in all formats Sunday against Houston.
Oct 6 - 2:20 PM

Kyle Rudolph (clavicle/rib) didn't practice Wednesday.

It sounds like another minor injury for Rudolph. He should be fine for Sunday's game against Houston.
Oct 5 - 6:20 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 5-of-7 targets for 55 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' 24-10, Week 4 win over the Giants on Monday night.

Rudolph has now caught a touchdown in all three of Sam Bradford's starts and has at least 65 yards and/or a touchdown in each game this season. The hire of OC Norv Turner back in 2014 was expected to lift Rudolph to another level, and maybe we're finally seeing three seasons later. Rudolph has quickly become Bradford's go-to guy in the red zone and his No. 2 overall pass-game target behind Stefon Diggs. Rudolph needs to be owned in all formats as a legit TE1. He'll get a tough date with the Texans in Week 5.
Oct 3 - 11:36 PM

Sam Bradford said Kyle Rudolph is "one of those guys as a quarterback that you can just trust."

"He’s just one of those guys who is kind of easy to develop chemistry with," Bradford said. "You know that if you put the ball in his area, he’s going to go up and he’s going to make a play and he’s going to get it." The veracity of that statement is up for debate, but it is clear Bradford trusts his big tight end. Rudolph has 10 catches for 101 yards and two scores in two games with Bradford, and he is a good bet to stay hot Monday night against the Giants.
Oct 1 - 9:04 AM

Kyle Rudolph caught 7-of-10 targets for 70 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's Week 3 win over the Panthers.

Rudolph was the Vikings' most-targeted pass catcher, and caught their lone touchdown. Rudolph could have had a second score, but committed the rare combo drop/offensive pass interference. A much bigger part of Minnesota's offense this year, Rudolph has 14/166/2 through three games. He's on the TE1 radar in an extremely down year for the position.
Sep 25 - 5:58 PM

Kyle Rudolph (groin) has been removed from the injury report.

Rudolph should see an expanded role in the red-zone with Adrian Peterson out. He's a streaming option against a Panthers secondary that was beat for a 75-yard Vance McDonald touchdown last week.
Sep 24 - 6:32 PM

Kyle Rudolph (groin) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

It's a new injury for Rudolph, but not anything that should keep him out. Even with Adrian Peterson sidelined, Rudolph is just a touchdown-dependent TE2.
Sep 21 - 4:25 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Shaun Hill
RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Matt Asiata
3Bishop Sankey
4Adrian Peterson
GLB1Matt Asiata
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Adrian Peterson
FB1Zach Line
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Adam Thielen
3Jarius Wright
WR21Charles Johnson
2Laquon Treadwell
3Cordarrelle Patterson
WR31Adam Thielen
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3David Morgan
LT1T.J. Clemmings
2Jake Long
LG1Alex Boone
2Jeremiah Sirles
C1Joe Berger
2Nick Easton
RG1Brandon Fusco
2Zac Kerin
3Willie Beavers
RT1Jeremiah Sirles
K1Kai Forbath