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TE Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): When a quarterback throws 41 passes and his tight end only manages two short catches, well, you have to ask whether he's a TE1. Rudolph should be fine against teams that allow more than the stingy Broncos, but he's clearly very touchdown dependent heading into his bye.

Week 5: bye week

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Recent Stats and Projections

1 at SF 52 5 53 0 0 5.3
2 vs DET 55 5 30 1 0 9
3 vs SD 50 2 14 0 0 1.4
4 at DEN 69 2 7 0 0 0.7

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs DEN (4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Rudolph has faded into the background in this offense, despite the need for short, quick passes to offset the offensive line issues. He was targeted just four times despite Teddy Bridgewater throwing the ball 41 times against the Denver Broncos. While he was on the field for 69 offensive snaps, Rudolph was an afterthought on any pass play and a blocker on too many of them as well.

2015 Week 3 vs SD (5 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Rudolph was targeted enough to salvage a good fantasy day on a quiet afternoon for the Vikings pass offense, but he he dropped a touchdown. He was targeted again in the red zone when Bridgewater rushed into a bad throw. While he was able to get a few targets on shorter passes, Rudolph didn't have much margin of error in this game script and he squandered the chance to help his owners.

2015 Week 2 vs DET (7 / 5 / 30 / 1 rec)

The day started off with a bang for tight end Kyle Rudolph, as he scored on his very first target. On the play, Rudolph ran a simple up route into the end zone, running between several defenders who ended up basically leaving him on his own in the back of the end zone. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater spotted him open and threw a nice pass for the touchdown. On several other plays, Rudolph made a nice catch but found himself short of the first down marker and facing off against one or more defenders. In most cases, Rudolph bulled his way close to or for a first down, showing great determination and a lot of strength.

2015 Week 1 vs SF (7 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)

Rudolph was the target on several badly overthrown balls by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, including an interception. On that play, Rudolph found the seam between coverage but Bridgewater threw the ball too high and it was picked off. The two hooked up for a nice 19-yard catch earlier in the game. On the play, a 2nd and 20 in the third quarter, Bridgewater had plenty of time but San Francisco covered his receivers beautifully. Rudolph kept moving though, eventually breaking free towards the left sideline where Bridgewater hit him for the big gain.


Latest News

Vikings | Kyle Rudolph does very little (Sun Oct 4, 10:43 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph had just two catches for seven yards in the Week 4 game against the Denver Broncos. He was targeted four times.

Our View: Rudolph only getting four targets and two catches when Teddy Bridgewater throws 41 passes is dismaying for his owners. Use the bye to explore possibilities to upgrade if he's your #1.
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