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TE Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings

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

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Week 3: at New Orleans Saints

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at STL 2 16 1 0
2 vs NE 5 53 0 0
3 at NO PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
3 at NO PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs STL (4 / 2 / 16 / 1 rec)

Surprisingly, Kyle Rudolph was the odd man out in the offense. Since quarterback Matt Cassel really didn't throw the ball often, nobody aside from Greg Jennings was overwhelmed with passes, including Rudolph. The big tight end was well covered by a defense which excelled at containing tight ends last year. Rudolph made a really nice catch on the first pass his way, holding onto the ball despite getting hammered by the defense. Another throw came in at his knees and Rudolph couldn't hang on. His big moment came with his final target, a 7-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. On the play, Cassel executed a playaction pass, and rolled out to his right. Rudplph did a great job of boxing his defender out of the way so Cassel could throw the ball with no interference, and then made a nice catch for the score.

2014 Week 2 vs NE (8 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)

Rudolph started out how on the first drive with a pair of catches for 26 yards, but then the offense fell apart. Most of the day, Rudolph was well covered--he only had a few passes where he wasn't blanketed by at least one defender. That made it tough to make catches, but even when he was free, Rudolph struggled, dropping several balls he should have had where he was not under pressure. He was the most targeted player on the team and will continue to be in line for a lot of work.

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Schedule

3@ New Orleans Saints
4vs Atlanta Falcons
5@ Green Bay Packers
6vs Detroit Lions
7@ Buffalo Bills
8@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9vs Washington Redskins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Chicago Bears
12vs Green Bay Packers
13vs Carolina Panthers
14vs New York Jets
15@ Detroit Lions
16@ Miami Dolphins
17vs Chicago Bears