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Kyle Rudolph | Tight End

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 259
College: Notre Dame
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Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) remained limited in Thursday's practice.
It would be nice to see Rudolph graduate to "full" on Friday, but his Week 3 status isn't in doubt. He's a mid-range TE1. Sep 18 - 6:36 PM

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

Rudolph should be fine for Week 3. He has seven catches for 69 yards and a touchdown through two games.
Sep 17 - 6:28 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught five-of-eight targets for 53 yards against the Patriots Week 2.

Rudolph had two catches for 26 yards on the Vikings' first drive of the game, but slowed down as Matt Cassel and the Minnesota offense imploded. Rudolph has looked good this season, but will struggle to find consistency with Cassel as his quarterback. He will continue to be a back-end TE1 with touchdown upside.
Sep 14 - 5:14 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught two passes for 16 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' Week 1 win over the Rams.

Rudolph was targeted four times on the day, and was mostly an afterthought behind Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson. It won't stay that way. The Rams were one of the stingiest teams against tight ends last season. They held Rudolph in check before he beat Rodney McLeod for a seven-yard score in the fourth quarter. Rudolph will be a back-end TE1 next week vs. the Pats.
Sep 7 - 5:40 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-3 targets for 38 yards in the Vikings' third preseason game Saturday night against Kansas City.

He's up to seven grabs for 149 yards and a touchdown through three exhibition games. Rudolph will be a focal point of OC Norv Turner's offense, regardless of whether it's Matt Cassel or Teddy Bridgewater under center. We don't have any problem with owners drafting Rudolph at or a bit before his eighth-round ADP.
Aug 23 - 11:30 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 4-of-5 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' second preseason game Saturday night.

His highlight-reel play was a 51-yard touchdown sprint delivered by Matt Cassel. As noted by NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, Rudolph is showing an extra gear this year after shedding weight in the offseason. Ladarius Green, Zach Ertz, and Travis Kelce are all generating a ton of fantasy buzz, but Rudolph is just as likely a breakout candidate as any of them under TE-friendly Norv Turner. Rudolph, in fact, is a month younger than Kelce. The Notre Dame alum remains a value pick at his late-eighth-round Average Draft Position.
Aug 16 - 10:25 PM

Kyle Rudolph had one catch for 22 yards in Friday night's preseason opener against the Raiders.

Rudolph came up just short of the end-zone on his lone reception, setting up a Matt Asiata one-yard touchdown. He remains a prime breakout candidate in OC Norv Turner's tight-end friendly scheme. Rudolph is currently getting drafted in the late-eighth round of fantasy drafts.
Aug 8 - 9:54 PM

Vikings signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a five-year, $36.5 million extension through 2019.

Tight end guru Norv Turner is signing off on Rudolph, who should be Teddy Bridgewater's safety valve for years to come. Rudolph missed half of last season with a fractured foot, but is 100 percent now and dropped 15 pounds in the offseason with an eye on a high-volume role in an offense that has produced career years out of Jay Novacek, Randy McMichael, Jordan Cameron, and Antonio Gates. Still only 24 years old, Rudolph has 15 touchdowns over his last 30 games. He's a mid-range to lower-end TE1 in Dynasty leagues, albeit with upside for more. We see Rudolph as a value pick at his late-eighth-round ADP in re-draft leagues. He's a candidate to lead Minnesota in catches and TDs.
Jul 27 - 10:20 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said "all the signs point" to Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph breaking out this season.

Rudolph has been diligent in his recovery from the broken foot that sidelined him for the final eight games last season, reportedly dropping 15 pounds and working on his technique in order to be quicker out of his breaks. He should also get a big bump from the arrival of OC Norv Turner, who helped Jordan Cameron break out last season. Rudolph is a bargain at his current ninth-round ADP.
Jul 19 - 10:06 AM

Kyle Rudolph has dropped 15 pounds this offseason with an eye toward being more active in the passing game under new OC Norv Turner.

Rudolph played last season at 275 pounds, but is now at 260 after focusing on his diet and workout routine during the offseason. He's also been working on his receiving skills at Larry Fitzgerald's annual training camp in Minnesota. Fitzgerald's trainer has specifically been working with Rudolph to help him with his speed in and out of breaks. Rudolph is a big-time breakout candidate.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 8 - 2:50 PM

Kyle Rudolph has spent "a lot of time" this offseason watching game tape of Jordan Cameron, who broke out last year under new Vikings OC Norv Turner.

Rudolph has also watched cutups of Jay Novacek, Turner's tight end with the Cowboys. Turner will run the same scheme in Minnesota. "So much of it is the exact same thing (Turner)'s been running for 20 years," noted Rudolph. "It's the same plays." Randy McMichael and Antonio Gates also enjoyed career-best years on Norv's watch. Rudolph could be a bargain at his ninth-round ADP.
Source: USA Today
Jul 8 - 2:37 PM

Norv Turner's Browns used "12" personnel on 36.9 percent of their offensive plays last season, second-most in the NFL.

The two-tight end formation helped Jordan Cameron to his predictable breakout. Now Turner is running the offense for Minnesota, meaning Kyle Rudolph projects as a major beneficiary. The contract-year tight end will be on the field for every snap, and will be freed up to run more routes while guys like Rhett Ellison, Chase Ford and Allen Reisner compete for blocking snaps. Rudolph has flashed Gronkian red-zone chops in his career, compiling 15 touchdowns in 39 games.
Jun 16 - 12:08 PM

The Vikings have not approached TE Kyle Rudolph about a contract extension.

It looks like the Vikes are prepared to let Rudolph play out his contract year. That could prove to be expensive, as we're expecting him to have a career season now that his foot is healed and he's playing in Norv Turner's tight end friendly offense. Rudolph is going to have a chance to put his underrated athleticism on display.
Apr 16 - 9:20 AM

Kyle Rudolph (foot) has been running since mid-February and has experienced no setbacks.

Rudolph missed the final eight games of the season after breaking his foot. He should be ready in plenty of time for OTAs but probably won't ramp it up in practice until training camp. Rudolph is poised for a breakout season under new OC Norv Turner. He's also entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Apr 15 - 10:38 AM

Kyle Rudolph ran 40.2 percent of his pass routes out of the slot last season.

We're expecting that number to rise under Norv Turner, who had Jordan Cameron run 60.3 percent of his routes from the slot last season. Rudolph isn't as agile, but he does have a basketball background and is a plus athlete for a 6'6/259-pounder. All signs continue to point toward a breakout campaign.
Apr 7 - 11:18 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Cassel
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Christian Ponder
RB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
3Joe Banyard
4Adrian Peterson
GLB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
3RB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
FB1MarQueis Gray
WR11Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Rodney Smith
WR21Cordarrelle Patterson
2Adam Thielen
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3MarQueis Gray
K1Blair Walsh