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TE Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings

6-6, 259Born: 11-9-1989College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 2

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Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at TEN 58 4 65 0 0 6.5
2 vs GB 56 3 31 1 0 9.1
3 at CAR 52 7 70 1 0 13

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs CAR (10 / 7 / 70 / 1 rec)

Rudolph ended up the most consistent target in quarterback Sam Bradford's arsenal, scoring one touchdown and dropping another which would have been wiped out because Stefon Diggs was called for offensive pass interference. On the touchdown which stood, the play came early in the third quarter as the Vikings were down in the Carolina red zone. Rudolph lined up left-tight and but didn't block at the snap, instead releasing into a route immediately. Linebacker Shaq Thompson was in coverage, exactly the sort of mismatch the Vikings want for the athletic Rudolph, and Bradford just threw the ball up and let the taller Rudolph make a play on the ball. Overall, Rudolph ended up the focal point of the offense in the second half, as he was a great mismatch against the Carolina defense and virtually the only Vikings offensive player to consistently have any success.

2016 Week 2 vs GB (8 / 3 / 31 / 1 rec)

It took a little while, but eventually Sam Bradford and Kyle Rudolph got on the same page. After being unable to connect on three passes in the first quarter, Bradford hit Rudolph deep along the sideline. Rudolph did a great job splitting the defenders and finding open space to give Bradford a clean target to hit. The two connected again a short time later on an 8-yard touchdown. On the play, Rudolph drove safety Morgan Burnett off the line and into the end zone. The he cut towards the back corner pylon, where Bradford hit him for the score. The two connected one more time before the end of the first half, but not at all in the second half, as Bradford focused on getting Stefon Diggs the ball.

2016 Week 1 vs TEN (8 / 4 / 65 / 0 rec)

The main tight end, and one of Norv Turner's favorite players to call on, Rudolph made some key catches, including a big third down conversion in the second half of the game. He didn't find the end zone, but could be a bigger weapon when Sam Bradford is under center.

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Latest News

Vikings | Kyle Rudolph finds end zone (Sun Sep 25, 04:38 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught seven passes for 70 yards and one touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1.

Our View: Rudolph had a pretty catch on a high ball for a score and was the top receiver on a day that the Panthers made Sam Bradford and Stefon Diggs look mortal. He'll be a TE1 for the good matchup against the Giants next week.
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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph on track to play (Fri Sep 23, 08:17 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

Our View: Rudolph is a strong play this week after a good start to the season and excellent execution in the red zone with Sam Bradford last week. The Panthers should have given up a score to a wide open Virgil Green in Week 1 and Vance McDonald ran away from their defense for a long score last week.

Vikings | No limitations for Kyle Rudolph (Thu Sep 22, 10:00 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 22.

Our View: Rudolph could settle in as a low TE1 this year. He is looking as good as he has in years and the Vikings offense could become more pass heavy with Adrian Peterson shelved indefinitely.
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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph limited (Wed Sep 21, 04:20 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Our View: Rudolph has inflated fantasy value with Sam Bradford at QB. However, he's still just a mid-range TE2...especially this week on the road against the Panthers.
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Vikings | Charles Johnson, Kyle Rudolph active (Sun Sep 18, 07:15 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson (quadriceps) and TE Kyle Rudolph (knee) are each active for the Week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers.

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Schedule

4vs New York Giants
5vs Houston Texans
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ Philadelphia Eagles
8@ Chicago Bears
9vs Detroit Lions
10@ Washington Redskins
11vs Arizona Cardinals
12@ Detroit Lions
13vs Dallas Cowboys
14@ Jacksonville Jaguars
15vs Indianapolis Colts
16@ Green Bay Packers
17vs Chicago Bears