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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

General News (Thu Sep 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Sep 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 3: at New Orleans Saints

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Matt Cassel stunk up the joint in Week 2, with four interceptions thrown and six sacks for -39 yards taken in the course of a 7-30 pounding by the Patriots. Cassel finished the day with 19/36 for 202 yards passing and one TD throw (to Matt Asiata, the new starting running back), leaning heavily on Asiata (seven targets for 5/48/1 receiving), Kyle Rudolph (eight for 5/53/0) and Cordarrelle Patterson (seven for 4/56/0). We'll see if the powder-puff Saints' D can improve Cassel's stats this week. The Saints' defense has allowed 63 points so far this year, helping to contribute to their poor start. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed more points (75) this season. The Saints handed over 24/41 for 202 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Brian Hoyer and the Browns last week (one sack for -2 yards) after being blasted by Matt Ryan and company in Week 1 (31/43 for 448 yards passing to Ryan, also surrendering three TD passes vs. zero interceptions and only one sack (for -3 yards) generated during the game.) This unit is far from right as of Week 3. Two struggling units face off in this game - neither has a clear edge over the other.

Recent Stats and Projections

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 * * *
3 at NO PROJ-Bloom 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.


Latest News

Vikings | Kyle Rudolph limited (Thu Sep 18, 06:33 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.

Vikings | Kyle Rudolph limited (Wed Sep 17, 04:50 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

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