Rudolph left a bad situation for targets in Minnesota and may have found a worse one in New York. Rudolph will likely be behind Kenny Golladay, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shephard and Evan Engram in the pecking order, which should render him useless for Fantasy purposes. Engram has had trouble staying healthy in the past, so Rudolph could emerge as a mid-season waiver wire add in the event of an injury.
Rudolph (foot) has been placed on the Giants' preseason PUP list, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Rudolph had offseason foot surgery, so it's not surprising to see the Giants decide to ease the tight end into the mix this summer. He was able to get some limited work in during the team's minicamp last month, a sign that he's trending in the right direction with regard to being available for Week 1 action.
Rudolph (foot) was spotted catching passes on the field during Thursday's minicamp practice, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Giants head coach Joe Judge isn't willing to commit to Rudolph being a full participant for the start of training camp, but the veteran tight end's presence on the field at minicamp is a sign he's progressing well from March surgery to address a foot injury. Rudolph will likely enter the season as the No. 2 tight end on the depth chart behind Evan Engram, but the big body he offers in the red zone coupled with his skills as a blocker should allow the 31-year-old to see plenty of snaps.
Rudolph (foot) said Wednesday that he will undergo surgery "as soon as possible" with the expectation of being ready to play for the Giants in Week 1, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports. The deal Rudolph reached with the Giants last week was held up for a few days due to medical concerns relating to his required procedure, but the contract was officially finalized Wednesday, indicating that both sides are on the same page. The Giants don't appear to have any real concern about the veteran tight end missing regular-season action, as the team didn't adjust the financials of his contract in any way. Rudolph's foot injury forced him to miss Weeks 14 through 17 last season while he was a member of the Vikings.
Rudolph (foot) finalized a contract with the Giants on Wednesday after medical concerns held up the initial agreement, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The initial report doesn't provide details, but there's a good chance Rudolph settled for a lesser contract after the Giants' medical staff suggested he might need surgery for the foot injury that caused him to miss the Vikings' final four games of last season. Whatever the case, Rudolph is now officially a Giant, joining Evan Engram and Kaden Smith in the team's tight end room.
Rudolph has yet to officially sign with the Giants, as the team's medical staff believes his injured foot will require surgery, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The two parties had a verbal agreement on a two-year contract, but the Giants are recalculating after their medical team examined Rudolph, who missed the final four games of 2020 with a foot injury. It's no longer clear he'll sign with the Giants, nor is it clear he'll be available Week 1 if he does. However, Garafolo suggests Rudolph is working with the team to find a solution.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||@Washington Football Team||9||6.47|
|4||10/03||@New Orleans Saints||18||7.56|
|6||10/17||Los Angeles Rams||8||6.33|
|8||11/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||9.68|
|9||11/07||Las Vegas Raiders||15||7.13|
|11||11/22||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||21||7.80|
|14||12/12||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||7.88|
|18||01/09||Washington Football Team||9||6.47|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||56||44||445||4||24||10.11||68|