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TE Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings

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

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WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
17 at GB 42 0 0 0 0 0
18 vs SEA 0 1 24 0 0 2.4

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 18 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)

Rudolph was invisible for the better part of four quarters, finally notching his first target on the final drive of the game. That pass fell incomplete but drew a pass interference penalty. The next target came right away, a short pass along the sideline that he took for 24 total yards to get the team within field goal range.

2015 Week 17 vs GB (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rudolph was oddly absent from the gameplan, his only target not really a target at all, but a throw-away. There was very little passing by the Vikings and so despite the fact that Rudolph was on the field for 88 percent of the offensive plays, much of which saw him blocking.

2015 Week 16 vs NYG (3 / 2 / 53 / 1 rec)

Save for a touchdown reception, Rudolph had the same quiet evening that the rest of the passing offense did. On that play though, a 28-yard reception, Rudolph ran a nice seam route and got a couple of steps on the defender. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw a perfect pass, which Rudolph caught while crossing into the end zone.

2015 Week 15 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Rudolph's role was radically reduced this week, as he was only targeted twice, both of which he caught. He was not targeted in the red zone at all.

2015 Week 14 vs ARI (6 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)

Rudolph has become one of Teddy Bridgewater's most reliable targets as the season has progressed and he caught all of his targets on Thursday night. Almost all of his receptions were short-to-medium distance and he did a solid job of hanging onto the ball even when he was hit. He often found himself dealing with safety Tyrann Mathieu, who while somewhat undersized is a physical and powerful player and who was able to limit Rudolph's ability to add yards after the catch.

2015 Week 13 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

As was the case with the entire offense, the lack of solid offensive line play along with tremendous coverage by Seattle kept Kyle Rudolph quiet. He made a couple of nice catches, but for the most part the plays were so slow in developing that he was often swamped by defenders before he could add more value yards.

2015 Week 12 vs ATL (10 / 7 / 53 / 0 rec)

After weeks where Rudolph was less than an afterthought, he now has back to back games where he has had nine or more targets. It's safe to say we have a trend, as Norv Turner's offensive scheme has been focused on Adrian Peterson, but is throwing more balls Rudolph's way. Last week the result was 103 yards and a touchdown, but while this week didn't result in either--and one target was picked off because Teddy Bridgewater didn't put enough force or lift on the ball--Rudolph has clearly become a big part of this offense. That interception happened in the end zone, by the way, and he is clearly a serious option in the red zone. More than once on Sunday, Rudolph extended plays by breaking tackles and finding some open space to advance the ball before getting tackled.

2015 Week 11 vs GB (9 / 6 / 106 / 1 rec)

Rudolph peaked early, with a huge touchdown to take the lead (the only one the Vikings had) late in the first quarter. On the play, Teddy Bridgewater dropped back, scanned the field and then stepped up into the pocket. Rudolph was on a deep corner route, and Bridgewater hit him with a perfect pass about 20 yards into it. Rudolph had nobody near him save for one defender, who couldn't catch up to him as he ran the last 20 or so yards to the end zone. Rudolph also came up with a tremendous catch late in the third quarter on a tight end seam where he split the defenders, and Bridgewater delivered a ball right between them. Rudolph, who dropped a sure touchdown last week, bobbled the ball briefly, but made the catch and a big first down.

2015 Week 10 vs OAK (4 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

The most notable play for Kyle Rudolph was a missed opportunity and the most brutal drop he's had in a long time. On the play, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was chased out of the pocket by pressure. He did a good job of keeping his eyes in the end zone, and saw Rudolph all by himself in the back of it. Bridgewater threw an easy pass to Rudolph but the tight end dropped it, despite the ball hitting him right in the hands. This would have put the Vikings up 14-0 late in the first and quite possibly would have changed the whole face of the game. Rudolph has been getting fewer and fewer chances each week so a drop like that looks even worse.

2015 Week 9 vs STL (2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

It's been a long, disappointing year for Kyle Rudolph as the big tight end has found himself behind three wide receivers in the pecking order. This week he finally found himself open twice and made both catches, one of which he shook a tackle on and took for a first down.

2015 Week 8 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Rudolph is not very integral to the gameplan for Minnesota, and Teddy Bridgewater rarely looks his direction. He was the target on a dump off once and a crossing route, both in the first quarter and then he was never targeted again.

2015 Week 7 vs DET (2 / 2 / 10 / 1 rec)

It was a day of quality, not quantity for Kyle Rudolph as he saw very little passes thrown his way but one of them resulted in a touchdown. On the play, Bridgewater executed a play-action fake, then rolled out to his right. Rudolph briefly blocked a defender, then ran a short out route. The defense completely ignored him, and he was wide open when Bridgewater delivered the pass.

2015 Week 6 vs KC (5 / 2 / 9 / 1 rec)

It was a 'good news/bad news' day for Rudolph. On the good side of things, he was the recipient of a 4-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. On the play, the defense chose to follow Adrian Peterson as the running back came out of the backfield on a short out route, leaving Rudolph in single coverage with Chiefs cornerback Eric Berry. Rudolph gained the inside on his route and made an easy catch along the back of the end zone. On the bad side of things, he was the target on Bridgewater's first interception. On the play, Bridgewater was scrambling and Rudolph kept moving across the field on his route, but Bidgewater didn't have time to plant his feet, and as such was still moving to his right, which caused the ball to sail right. Rudolph tried to get the ball anyway, but couldn't get his hands on it and the ball flew past and was intercepted. Overall, Rudolph gets targets but is only hauling in just 57 percent of his targets. He's very hit or miss.

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.

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