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TE Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings

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

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Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

He is listed as doubtful on this week's official injury report.

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 (Fri Dec 19): partially participated in Friday's practice but is not expected to play this week.

General News (Thu Dec 18): did not practice on Thursday.

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

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Teddy Bridgewater now has two consecutive 300+ passing yards games under his belt, with 31/41 for 315 yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown at Detroit (with four sacks taken for -31) last week. During that two-game hot streak, he's relied on Charles Johnson (15 targets for 9/175/1 receiving), Greg Jennings (12 for 8/95/1), Jairus Wright (11 for 8/172/1), Kyle Rudolph (nine for 9/78/0) and Matt Asiata (11 for 10/60/0) the most. The Vikings' rookie signal caller is growing into a legitimate NFL quarterback as 2014 goes along - a good progression for Minnesota. The Dolphins' pass D coughed up 21/35 for 287 yards, two TDs and one interception to Tom Brady last week (zero sacks), and allowed 25/33 for 264 net yards, two TDs and one interception (with one sack for -5 yards) to Joe Flacco two weeks ago. Not too good, friends. To date, the Dolphins are ranked fourth in the NFL averaging 209.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 22 passing scores given up - but they are playing substantially worse than their season average would indicate here in December. Advantage, Minnesota.

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 0 * * *
16 at MIA PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * *
16 at MIA PROJ-Bloom 0 * * *

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 doubtful (Fri Dec 19, 05:23 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as doubtful for Week 16.

Vikings | Kyle Rudolph sitting out (Thu Dec 18, 12:46 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Our View: We think he'll play and he should put up high end TE2 numbers. Keep an eye out though and make sure this is just a veterans day off.
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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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