Rudolph caught 39 passes for 367 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games this season. Outside of a few games, the 30-year-old was largely an afterthought in the Vikings' passing game in 2019, totaling his lowest catch and yardage numbers since 2014, when he played only nine games. Rudolph figures to enter 2020 as the team's top tight end once again after signing a four-year, $36 million extension in July, though 2019 second-round pick Irv Smith could push for the job with a strong offseason and training camp.
Rudolph secured one of two targets for seven yards in Monday's 23-10 loss to the Packers. Rudolph went dormant along with the rest of Minnesota's offense besides Stefon Diggs, who had 57 yards and the team's lone touchdown. The veteran tight end will be a touchdown-dependent option against the Bears in Week 17, as he's found the end zone six times but has topped 40 yards in a game only four times.
Rudolph caught all three of his targets for 48 yards during Sunday's 39-10 win over the Chargers. Rudolph's biggest chunk play of 22 yards came early in the fourth quarter when, backed up in Vikings territory, Kirk Cousins uncorked a pass up the seam for Rudolph, who came down with the ball between two defenders. Sunday corrected course for Rudolph, who snapped a seven-game streak with at least three catches per game in Week 14. He's a steady option at tight end, but will have his hands full Monday against a Packers defense that held him to nine yards on three catches in Week 2.
Rudolph hauled in both of his targets for 11 yards in the team's Week 14 win over the Lions. Rudolph's streak of four consecutive games with a touchdown came to a close with a letdown performance. He was out-targeted by rookie Irv Smith and managed receptions of only three and eight yards in the process. If Adam Thielen (hamstring) is able to return Week 15 against the Chargers, Rudolph's targets will likely dry up further. That could make him a touchdown-reliant option to close the season.
Rudolph secured four of six targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 37-30 loss to the Seahawks on Monday. With Adam Thielen (hamstring) sidelined Monday and Dalvin Cook exiting early with a shoulder injury, Rudolph tied for the team lead in receptions and also extended his scoring streak to four games with a memorable one-handed grab in the fourth quarter. The veteran tight end has come alive after a slow start to the season, notching multiple catches in seven consecutive contests. He'll look to keep both of his favorable streaks alive in Week 14 against the Lions.
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