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TE Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings

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

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WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
16 at GB 75 6 53 0 0 5.3
17 vs CHI 48 11 117 1 0 17.7

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 17 vs CHI (15 / 11 / 117 / 1 rec)

Rudolph ended the season by far the most targeted individual in the Vikings offense, so it makes sense he was by far the most targeted person on Sunday in the win over the Bears. Chicago had no answer for the tight end, whose athleticism, speed and size made him a nightmare to try and contain. On his touchdown, a 22-yard catch and run in the second quarter, Rudolph was wide open on a seam route. He caught the ball in stride and after a poor attempt at a tackle by a defender, Rudolph dove for the end zone and a score. The Bears had a real problem wrapping up anyone on Sunday, and when it came to Rudolph they just seemed to slide off him all day long.

2016 Week 16 vs GB (9 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)

Rudolph continues to get solid amounts of targets but not a ton of yards. He has only cracked 70 yards once since Week 3 and has just one touchdown in his last six games. The Packers game was more of the same. It looked promising in the first half, as Rudolph made a nice catch over the middle with a defender draped over his shoulders, gaining 21 yards on the play. Then he largely disappeared the rest of the quarter, not being targeted again until the middle of the third quarter when he hauled in a 9-yard catch on a 3rd and 15. The Packers did a good job of blanketing him overall, and limiting his ability to find open space, reducing his role to almost nothing.

2016 Week 15 vs IND (10 / 8 / 97 / 0 rec)

Rudolph had the most overall success out of everyone in the offense, making some nice plays as Sam Bradford targeted him quite often throughout the game. His biggest play was a 28-yard catch in the second quarter. On the play, Rudolph ran a delayed route and found space between three Colts defenders. It was a bit of a dangerous pass--similar ones had been picked off earlier--but Rudolph was able to extend his body and make the catch. He made two more great catches in the fourth quarter, one a 23-yard reception where he got a step on the defender and Bradford dropped the ball perfectly ahead of him and another a 24-yard catch where he was wide open and then piled into several Colts defenders, pushing them forward for extra yards.

2016 Week 14 vs JAX (8 / 4 / 60 / 1 rec)

Rudolph had a very solid day, bookended by a 44-yard catch with the first play of the game and a touchdown to seal the game in the fourth quarter. On the 44-yard catch, Sam Bradford had to scramble to extend the play and escape pressure before throwing a high-arching pass over the defenders head to Rudolph. After bobbling it initially, Rudolph secured the ball and added another twenty yards before getting hauled down. On the touchdown, Rudolph feigned a block and then slipped out on a short out route. Bradford had quickly bootlegged to his right and delivered the ball. Nobody was anywhere near the tight end, who easily scored.

2016 Week 13 vs DAL (12 / 6 / 45 / 0 rec)

Rudolph saw a lot of targets but some good coverage as well, which limited his production. He had two passes he had hands on and could have caught, but couldn't. The first was a short pass behind him, which could have been a first down if quarterback Sam Bradford had led his tight end with the throw. The second was in the end zone and while the pass was too high, Rudolph extended enough to make the catch but merely watched as it sailed in between his hands.

2016 Week 12 vs DET (10 / 9 / 64 / 0 rec)

Rudolph had a season high nine catches, but that didn't translate into equitable production. The Vikings barely tried to stretch the field, which limited what Rudolph could do. So far it does seem as if new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur isn't in a hurry to use Rudolph much, and between the bad offensive line and lack of run game, the defense has nothing to do but cover anyone going out on a pass route.

2016 Week 11 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Rudolph's biggest play didn't count as he made a nice catch on a 12-yard touchdown pass which was nullified by a penalty. He was otherwise shockingly quiet, especially given that Stefon Diggs was such a non-factor in the first half, but his use over the last few games have been inconsistent and it's hard not to feel as if the offense is not working hard enough to get him open on a regular basis.

2016 Week 10 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 69 / 1 rec)

For the first time in several weeks, Rudolph saw more than a handful of targets . Rudolph's two biggest plays were catch-and-run plays (both for 20 yard gains), one where he cut across the middle and then turned upfield, dragging some defenders for the last few yards. The other, a touchdown, saw him wide open along the sideline on a simple out pattern. He caught the ball and then, with a few nice blocks from receivers, ran up the sideline for a game-tying score.

2016 Week 9 vs DET (3 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)

Rudolph scored on a very bizarre call by the defense. On the play at the goal line, the Lions sent everyone but the safety and a cornerback, who peeled off with a receiver. The Vikings were in a bunch formation with Rudolph on the right side of the line and he engaged one defender very briefly and then ran into the end zone where there was no defender waiting. It was easy for Bradford to find him for a score.

2016 Week 8 vs CHI (6 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)

With the offensive line allowing quarterback Sam Bradford to get hit with great frequency, Rudolph had no chance to stretch the field and attack the linebackers, where he is a big mismatch. His receptions were nearly all short yardage, and he did a good job gaining the first down on a couple, as well as adding value yards after the catch.

2016 Week 5 vs HOU (4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Rudolph had an off game, partly because the Houston Texans are very solid defending tight ends and potentially in part because he is still healing from a rib injury. Rudolph was largely contained until a 14-yard reception down the middle. It was one of the very few times Rudolph found himself in space with no defender draped on his back.

2016 Week 4 vs NYG (7 / 5 / 55 / 1 rec)

Quarterback Sam Bradford and Kyle Rudolph have now hooked up for touchdowns in three straight games, nearly doing it twice against the Giants on Monday Night Football. That missed opportunity found a confused Giants defense briefly leaving him uncovered as linebacker Jonathan Casillas (who initially was supposed to be on him) frantically asked cornerback Janoris Jenkins to do it instead. Either Bradford didn't see it or couldn't ditch to a quicker count, and Jenkins was in position when the ball was snapped. Bradford overthrew Rudolph just a little bit too far. The very next time they had the chance, they connected for a 7-yard touchdown. On the play, Rudolph ran a shallow post, getting perfect inside position on backup cornerback Trevin Wade and made an easy catch for the score.

2016 Week 3 vs CAR (10 / 7 / 70 / 1 rec)

Rudolph ended up the most consistent target in quarterback Sam Bradford's arsenal, scoring one touchdown and dropping another which would have been wiped out because Stefon Diggs was called for offensive pass interference. On the touchdown which stood, the play came early in the third quarter as the Vikings were down in the Carolina red zone. Rudolph lined up left-tight and but didn't block at the snap, instead releasing into a route immediately. Linebacker Shaq Thompson was in coverage, exactly the sort of mismatch the Vikings want for the athletic Rudolph, and Bradford just threw the ball up and let the taller Rudolph make a play on the ball. Overall, Rudolph ended up the focal point of the offense in the second half, as he was a great mismatch against the Carolina defense and virtually the only Vikings offensive player to consistently have any success.

2016 Week 2 vs GB (8 / 3 / 31 / 1 rec)

It took a little while, but eventually Sam Bradford and Kyle Rudolph got on the same page. After being unable to connect on three passes in the first quarter, Bradford hit Rudolph deep along the sideline. Rudolph did a great job splitting the defenders and finding open space to give Bradford a clean target to hit. The two connected again a short time later on an 8-yard touchdown. On the play, Rudolph drove safety Morgan Burnett off the line and into the end zone. The he cut towards the back corner pylon, where Bradford hit him for the score. The two connected one more time before the end of the first half, but not at all in the second half, as Bradford focused on getting Stefon Diggs the ball.

2016 Week 1 vs TEN (8 / 4 / 65 / 0 rec)

The main tight end, and one of Norv Turner's favorite players to call on, Rudolph made some key catches, including a big third down conversion in the second half of the game. He didn't find the end zone, but could be a bigger weapon when Sam Bradford is under center.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph had career year (Tue Jan 10, 10:42 AM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph had a career-high 83 catches for 840 yards, and his seven touchdowns were the most since 2012. He reached a performance escalator of $375,000 on 2018 and 2019 salaries for surpassing 80 catches. His 132 targets were the most among tight ends this season.

Our View: That's what happens when Sam Bradford won't go down the field with the ball. Rudolph was a great safety-valve receiver for Bradford, and thus his numbers were boosted. With Bradford the likely starter next year for the Vikings, fantasy owners can expect more of the same from Rudolph.
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