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 (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.
Rudolph (ankle) has ditched a cast for a walking boot, as of Friday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. Rudolph was hampered by a right ankle injury in the latter stages of the 2017 campaign and into the playoffs, but he didn't miss a game as he helped the Vikings to the NFC championship game. Entering his age-29 season, he'll look to uphold his standing as a red-zone beast, with 15 touchdowns to his name among his 140 receptions the past two years. Once his recovery is complete, Rudolph could be working with a new signal caller due to the decisions made by the Vikings' front office in the coming weeks.
Rudolph is recovering from surgery on his right ankle, Andrew Krammer of The Star Tribune reports. Rudolph suffered the injury Week 14 and averaged only 29 snaps over the final three games of the regular season, but he returned to a full workload in two playoff appearances, albeit as something less than the best version of himself. Though he doesn't sound too worried about the recent surgery, Rudolph likely will be limited or absent when the Vikings begin offseason workouts in mid-April. He may have a quarterback upgrade heading his way, as Minnesota can make a strong argument that it offers Kirk Cousins his best shot to win a Super Bowl. Regardless, the circumstances that led to Rudolph's career-high marks for catches (83), yards (840) and targets (132) in 2016 appear to have been an aberration. He's never topped 57 catches (2017), 532 yards (2017) or 93 targets (2012) in any other campaign.
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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|