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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 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

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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

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.
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Sam Bradford
2Shaun Hill
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
3Matt Asiata
4Ronnie Hillman
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
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
LT1Matt Kalil
2T.J. Clemmings
LG1Alex Boone
2Jeremiah Sirles
C1Joe Berger
2Nick Easton
RG1Brandon Fusco
2Zac Kerin
RT1Andre Smith
K1Blair Walsh