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Kyle Rudolph | Tight End | #82

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 265
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (43) / MIN
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Kyle Rudolph absorbed three of his five targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s preseason game.
Inconsistency comes with the territory for Rudolph and Sunday was more of the same. Rudolph turned the ball over with a costly fumble in the second quarter but redeemed himself by nabbing a 27-yard touchdown from Teddy Bridgewater with less than two minutes to go in the first half. Rudolph has never gone for more than 500 yards in a season and that’s probably his ceiling for 2016. Aug 28 - 3:30 PM

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Kyle Rudolph believes he's the best tight end in the NFL.

"Route running and catching balls, to many, is all that matters," Rudolph reasoned. "But it’s also (about) being one of the best blockers, one of the best pass protectors." Rudolph went on to say he believes fantasy football hurts his reputation. "The world revolves around fantasy football ... But I know that when I come to work every Monday, and I (watch) the film, I may have only caught two balls, but if I did my job in the run game and pass protection, (Vikings coach Mike Zimmer) is going to be happy." Rudolph is correct that no one will ever mistake his passing game numbers for elite. He's incorrect that his game is amongst the league's most well rounded. Pro Football Focus graded him as the league's No. 35 tight end in 2016. We'd say that sounds about right. Happy offseason.
Jun 23 - 5:15 PM

Kyle Rudolph is excited to work with new TEs coach Pat Shurmur.

Shurmur joined the Vikings following a three-year stint as the Eagles' offensive coordinator. "He has been doing it for a long time and he adds a lot of credibility and a different perspective on offense to our staff," said Rudolph. "He has had a lot of success with tight ends." Durability has been an issue for Rudolph, but he'll be healthy for OTAs after appearing in all 16 games last season. Rudolph has never topped 500 yards in a season and probably won't as long as Adrian Peterson is leading the offense.
May 22 - 11:35 AM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling believes Kyle Rudolph has the most to gain from the Vikings' improved offensive line.

Rudolph was asked to block on 51.2 percent of his snaps last season. After running a pass route on 55.5 and 54.9 percent of his snaps the previous two seasons, Rudolph went out in a route just 48.8 percent of the time in 2015. With the additions of LG Alex Boone and RT Andre Smith and hopefully improved play from contract-year LT Matt Kalil, Rudolph is expected to be featured more as a pass catcher. He could flirt with low-end TE1 production if so.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 18 - 9:40 AM

Kyle Rudolph caught his lone target for 24 yards in the Vikings' Wild Card loss to the Seahawks.

Rudolph also drew a critical late pass interference penalty on Kam Chancellor. In the second season of a six-year, $37.46 million contract, Rudolph appeared in all 16 games for the first time since 2012, but still failed to clear 500 yards receiving for the fifth time in as many tries. If there's a silver lining, it's that Rudolph's role increased down the stretch, but he cleared 70 yards only once all year. A touchdown-dependent option who scored just five times in 2015, Rudolph is destined to be a TE2 for the rest of his days.
Jan 10 - 4:43 PM

Kyle Rudolph was held without a catch in Week 17.

He had just one target. Rudolph was a non-factor coming off one of his better games. He remained as touchdown-dependent as ever this season, scoring five touchdowns but getting held under 50 yards in 11 games. Rudolph will be a low-end DFS option against Seattle in next week’s Wild Card matchup.
Jan 4 - 1:17 AM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-3 targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' Week 16 win over the Giants.

Rudolph did most of his damage on a 28-yard second-quarter touchdown. He's had a bigger role down the stretch, averaging 47 yards over his last three games. Rudolph is a touchdown-dependent TE2 for Week 17.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 01:05:00 AM

Kyle Rudolph caught both of his targets for 21 yards in the Vikings' Week 15 win over the Bears.

After becoming a bigger part of the passing offense the past month or so, Rudolph fell back into his minuscule role. The red-zone targets went to Stefon Diggs, Zach Line, and Jerick McKinnon in this one. When using Rudolph, owners are simply praying for a touchdown catch.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 06:07:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 6-of-6 targets for 67 yards in the Vikings' Week 14 loss to the Cardinals.

With Teddy Bridgewater relentlessly targeting his backs and tight ends, Rudolph bounced back from his quiet Week 13. Rudolph has become a much bigger part of the Vikings' passing attack over the past month, but it still hasn't translated to anything more than mid-range TE2 value. That's what he'll be against the Bears in Week 15.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 12:10:00 AM

Kyle Rudolph caught 3-of-4 targets for 13 yards in the Vikings' Week 13 loss to the Seahawks.

Coming off his first useful stretch of the season, Rudolph never really had a chance in a game where Teddy Bridgewater got utterly dominated. On pace for 52/472/5 with four games left to go, Rudolph will be a shaky TE2 down the stretch.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 05:59:00 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling believes Kyle Rudolph will continue to be a big part of the passing offense.

Rudolph has seen 19 total targets in two prime matchups the last two weeks after seeing just 19 total in the previous six games. The Seahawks also struggle against tight ends, so Rudolph should keep his role at least one more week if not longer. He is a low-end TE1 this week.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 10:47:00 AM

Kyle Rudolph secured 7-of-10 targets for 53 yards in the Vikings' Week 12 win over the Falcons.

Rudolph operated as Teddy Bridgewater's safety valve for the second straight game, piling up catches over the middle on high-percentage routes. Rudolph has earned his way back into the low-end TE1 conversation ahead of a Week 13 date with the Seahawks, who struggle to defend tight ends. Rudolph has piled up target totals of 9 and 10 the past two weeks.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 04:09:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 6-of-9 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown Week 11 against the Packers.

Rudolph had 182 yards total this season coming into this week, so this performance was nothing less than shocking. Rudolph started his big day with a 47-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He out-muscled Micah Hyde for a floated pass from Teddy Bridgewater before out running Hyde to the end zone. Rudolph also made a big catch down the seam on the Vikings' touchdown drive in the second half, and he could have had another touchdown had Bridgewater not underthrown him late in the game. Rudolph should not be expected to recreate this game anytime soon, but he does have a great matchup against the Falcons next week. He will deserve streaming consideration in that game.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 08:20:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph secured one of four targets for seven yards in the Vikings' Week 10 win over the Raiders.

He dropped a sure touchdown in the first half and didn’t catch his first pass until the fourth quarter. Rudolph hasn’t seen more than four targets in a game since Week 6. He’s a touchdown-or-bust TE2.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 08:59:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-2 targets for 30 yards in the Vikings' Week 9 win over the Rams.

Typical Rudolph. A lock to get his two catches, but Rudolph failed to find the end zone this week and was of little help to fantasy owners. He's a TE2.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 05:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Shaun Hill
2Joel Stave
3Taylor Heinicke
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
3Matt Asiata
4Jhurell Pressley
5C.J. Ham
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
FB1Zach Line
2Blake Renaud
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Jarius Wright
3Adam Thielen
4Isaac Fruechte
WR21Charles Johnson
2Laquon Treadwell
3Cordarrelle Patterson
4Moritz Bohringer
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2MyCole Pruitt
3Rhett Ellison
4David Morgan
LT1Matt Kalil
2T.J. Clemmings
3Carter Bykowski
LG1Alex Boone
2Jeremiah Sirles
C1Joe Berger
2Nick Easton
RG1Brandon Fusco
2Mike Harris
3Zac Kerin
RT1Andre Smith
2Willie Beavers
K1Blair Walsh