Kyle Rudolph has finished as a top-eight tight end in each of his last two seasons, but it's been done the way most tight ends do it -- via touchdowns. Eight of his past 32 games saw Rudolph deliver at least 60 yards including just one last season. And only once in his seven-year career has Rudolph delivered at least seven Fantasy points without scoring a touchdown. This doesn't make Rudolph a bad Fantasy tight end, particularly with tight-end loving quarterback Kirk Cousins and play-caller John DeFilippo coming to Minnesota, but it does infer that he's never going to become a Fantasy superstar unless he scores game after game. You should feel good taking Rudolph close to the end of Round 8 in your drafts.
Rudolph may spend more time in the slot or out wide under new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, Matthew Coller of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports. DeFillipo spent last season as the quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia, where TE Zach Ertz lined up all over the formation en route to the most productive season of his career. Rudolph himself is no stranger to the slot, but he hasn't seen much work as an outside receiver, a spot where he can get favorable matchups in the red zone against smaller cornerbacks. While starting wideouts Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen remain the better bets for heavy target volume, Rudolph also has a chance to benefit from the offseason additions of DeFilippo and quarterback Kirk Cousins. The 28-year-old tight end has made a full recovery from February ankle surgery, participating in 11-on-11 work since early-to-mid June.
Rudolph (ankle) took part in 11-on-11 red-zone work during June minicamp, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Bouncing back from February ankle surgery, Rudolph apparently had quarterback Kirk Cousins' full attention near the end zone, something that likely will carry over into the regular season. The 28-year-old tight end previously took part in team drills at OTAs in early June and seems to be on track for full participation at the start of training camp.
Rudolph (ankle) participated in team drills during Tuesday's OTA session, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The Vikings weren't banking on Rudolph seeing the field much during spring drills after he underwent surgery in February to address a severe right ankle sprain, but the 28-year-old has apparently progressed quicker than expected from the procedure. It likely won't be until training camp that Rudolph is completely freed of restrictions during practices, but the added reps in the spring should prove helpful as he looks to gain familiarity with a new quarterback (Kirk Cousins) and offensive coordinator (John DeFilippo).
Rudolph (ankle) worked on the rehab field during Wednesday's OTA session, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. Rudolph took part in spring drills on a limited basis, but another month of rest and rehab hasn't gotten him to full health at this point. Once he does rejoin the mix, Rudolph will look to develop a rapport with the club's new quarterback, Kirk Cousins, who signed a three-year deal in the offseason. It's quite possible Rudolph will remain limited during the rest of the Vikings' offseason program, but a return for the start of training camp could be in the cards.
Rudolph (ankle) said that he has been participating in spring drills on a limited basis, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Rudolph played through an ankle injury from Week 14 through the NFC championship game, but required surgery in mid-to-late February. He transitioned from a cast to a walking boot in early March, apparently making good progress in the subsequent weeks. While he may be limited throughout the offseason program, Rudolph seems to be on track for full participation at the start of training camp, if not sooner. His presence at voluntary workouts should help him build relationships with new quarterback Kirk Cousins and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||San Francisco 49ers||18||6.75|
|2||09/16||@Green Bay Packers||6||5.38|
|4||09/28||@Los Angeles Rams||19||6.82|
|7||10/21||@New York Jets||23||7.25|
|8||10/29||New Orleans Saints||5||5.22|
|12||11/26||Green Bay Packers||6||5.38|
|13||12/02||@New England Patriots||15||6.42|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||95||63||622||7||36||9.87||104|