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TE Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Rudolph won't be 100% until next year, but Teddy Bridgewater is playing well and looking his way. The Dolphins aren't nearly as scary as the Lions, so Rudolph is in our viable streamer list for Week 16.

General News (Wed Dec 17): did not practice on Wednesday. Rudolph disclosed he had both hips operated on during hernia surgery earlier in the season and admitted he won't be 100% the rest of the year.

Week 16: at Miami Dolphins

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 vs GB 3 50 0 0
13 vs CAR 2 7 1 0
14 vs NYJ 2 9 0 0
15 at DET 7 69 0 0
16 at MIA PROJ-Dodds 3 * * *
16 at MIA PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * *
16 at MIA PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs CAR (3 / 2 / 7 / 1 rec)

Rudolph has fully integrated himself back into the offense in Minnesota and began his game with a bang as he scored on a 4-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Rudolph ran a drag route across the middle of the field. Carolina never tracked him, so when he came out the other side, he was wide open for an easy pass by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. As the Vikings ran away with the game, Rudolph saw less work like the rest of the passing offense and spent a lot of his time blocking.

2014 Week 14 vs NYJ (2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Normally the Jets defense gets killed by tight ends, but it was a quiet day for Kyle Rudolph, who only had a pair of targets on the day. Both were short passes, one up the middle in traffic for six yards and the other on a well-run short out for a first down. Otherwise, Rudolph's services weren't needed.

2014 Week 15 vs DET (7 / 7 / 69 / 0 rec)

After weeks of waiting for Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Rudolph to really sync up, we finally got a game where the two were totally on the same page. Rudolph caught all of his targets, including Bridgewater's only semi-long pass of the day. That was Rudolph's first catch, a 21-yard snag across the middle in the first quarter. Rudolph was wide open, but the throw was a little high as it seemed Bridgewater was concerned about getting picked off by a linebacker underneath in coverage. Because it was high, Rudolph had to stop and extend for the ball and couldn't add any post-catch yards. On another play, Bridgewater was under pressure and had to get rid of the ball, so he found Rudolph in the flat and delivered the ball. Rudolph was behind the line of scrimmage and nearly got dropped for a loss, but he slipped the first tackle and gained yards before being tackled out of bounds. Rudolph was hurt in the third quarter and briefly came out of the game but returned to the game a short time later.


Latest News

Vikings | Kyle Rudolph not on the field (Wed Dec 17, 04:58 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) is not practicing Wednesday, Dec. 17.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph not 100% (Wed Dec 17, 10:20 AM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) disclosed he had both hips operated on during hernia surgery earlier in the season and admitted he won't be 100% the rest of the year.

Our View: Rudolph has been a good target for rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater. He had 7 catches for 69 yards last week against the Lions, and we like Rudolph as a TE1 against the Dolphins in Week 16.
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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph probable (Fri Dec 5, 02:31 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) fully practiced Friday, Dec. 5, and is probable for Week 14.

Our View: Rudolph is a good matchup play for streamers against a Jets defense that has already given up 12 touchdowns to tight ends this year.
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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph a full participant (Thu Dec 4, 05:30 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 4.

Our View: Rudolph could have a field day against the Jets, because he is a tight end and they are the Jets and that is just how things go. The offense hampers him a bit, so we have him as a TE2, but he has some very nice upside.
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