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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 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

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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

Kyle Rudolph caught 3-of-8 targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's Week 2 win over the Packers.

It's a typical Rudolph game. He was more involved with Sam Bradford starting, and is likely going to be counted on in the red-zone with Adrian Peterson (knee) sidelined. Rudolph is still no more than a touchdown-dependent TE2.
Sep 19 - 1:15 AM

Kyle Rudolph (knee) is practicing in full for Week 2.

Rudolph is coming off a solid Week 1, catching 4-of-8 targets for 65 yards. He's a touchdown-dependent TE2 for Sunday night's matchup with the Packers.
Sep 14 - 7:50 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 4-of-8 targets for 65 yards Week 1 against the Titans.

Rudolph made several big catches including a third-down conversion in the second quarter. He failed to get his head around quickly enough on what should have been a nice gain on the next play, however, which encapsulates his career nicely. Rudolph should be a factor in the red zone, but his upside is limited in a low-volume passing attack.
Sep 11 - 5:22 PM

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

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

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Skill Players
QB1Sam Bradford
2Shaun Hill
RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Matt Asiata
3Ronnie Hillman
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
2MyCole Pruitt
3Rhett Ellison
4David Morgan
LT1T.J. Clemmings
2Jake Long
LG1Alex Boone
2Jeremiah Sirles
C1Joe Berger
2Nick Easton
RG1Brandon Fusco
2Zac Kerin
3Willie Beavers
RT1Andre Smith
K1Blair Walsh