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82 Kyle Rudolph TE
Height/Weight: 6-6/259 | Birthdate: 11/9/1989 | Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH, USA | Team: Minnesota | College: Notre Dame | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 22/1 | Average Draft Position: 100.62
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Kyle Rudolph signs five-year extension


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph won't have to worry about entering the final season of his contract without an extension any longer. He signed a five-year extension on Sunday, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. The deal is worth $36.5 million, with $19.4 million guaranteed, per ESPN.

Rudolph has lost about 15 pounds and is expecting a bigger role this upcoming season. His 2013 season was cut short because of a broken left foot. He caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in eight games last season.


Kyle Rudolph slims down for more explosion


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is down to 260 pounds after playing at 275 last season, reports ESPN.com. The 6-foot-6 Rudolph is training at Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald's camp this week, working on his speed in and out of cuts.

"Becoming more explosive in and out of cuts, that was the big emphasis for me, going back and watching a ton of (Cleveland) Browns tape (when Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner was the coordinator there last year)," Rudolph said.

"I've always watched a lot of (San Diego Chargers tight end) Antonio Gates (who played for Turner from 2007-12), and I don't know that there's anyone as good as him at getting in and out of breaks. That's been the big point of emphasis for me the whole year, and getting the weight down has helped a ton, I think. I feel like I run a lot smoother than I did at 275."


Kyle Rudolph hopes for contract extension


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph hopes to stay in Minnesota on a long-term contract, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Rudolph is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He said Tuesday that the team, which still has approximately $10 million in salary cap space after a busy offseason, has not approached him about a contract extension.

"I've really enjoyed my time here, from the top down, in our organization," Rudolph said. "I think we have the best owners in football. They're willing to do anything for us to win. Everybody in the front office, the new staff, I really like the direction this team is going in. I'm excited to be a part of that future."

Rudolph is hoping to bounce back after he was limited to eight games in 2013 because of a fracture in his left foot. He caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns before injuring his foot in a Week 9 loss to the Cowboys. 

He has been studying tape of the Browns from last season so he can get a feel for how he will be utilized in new coordinator Norv Turner's offense. Tight ends such as Jay Novacek, Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron produced impressive numbers in three different decades with Turner calling the plays.

"I hope to fall in line with that," Rudolph said. "I'm excited to get into this offense."


Kyle Rudolph running without any problems


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/15/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has been running since mid-February and has no problems after fracturing his left foot, ESPN reported Tuesday. Rudolph is entering the final year on his rookie contract and has yet to engage in contract extension talks with the Vikings. 

Kyle Rudolph having no problems with foot


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, whose 2013 season was cut short by a fractured left foot, said he won't be limited when offseason workouts begin Monday, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"My foot is doing well, and I'm really looking forward to a bounceback campaign," he said. "I've been training all winter (in California) and haven't had any problems."

Rudolph added he's excited to play in Norv Turner's offense.

"If you follow his coaching career, all the places he's been, the tight end has been really important in his offense," Rudolph said. "I'm looking forward to being a part of that. ... My goal every year is to be the best tight end in the NFL."


Kyle Rudolph could have bigger role in 2014


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was on pace for career highs in catches and yards when he broke his foot last November, and under new offensive coordinator Norv Turner his role could increase further, reports ESPN.com. The website notes how tight ends like Jay Novacek, Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron thrived in Turner's scheme.

"Rudolph could be in line for a bigger role in the offense," the report said.


Kyle Rudolph to miss final weeks of 2013 season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2013) Vikings coach Kyle Rudolph was only expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a fractured foot Week 9 at Dallas. Well, coach Leslie Frazier announced a day after a Week 14 loss at Baltimore that Rudolph will miss the rest of the season as he was placed on injured reserve.

Vikings list Week 14 inactives


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (concussion), cornerback Josh Robinson (chest), tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot), defensive tackle Chase Baker, guard Jeff Baca, wide receiver Rodney Smith and tackle Mike Remmers were among the team's inactives Week 14 at Baltimore.

Two Vikings ruled out Week 14


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2013) Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph and CB Josh Robinson have been ruled out Week 14.

Rudolph is still dealing with a foot injury and hasn't practiced. He's missed four games due to the injury. Robinson is dealing with a chest issue, and hasn't practiced this week. 


Kyle Rudolph slow to recover


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2013) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was unable to return to practice Thursday.

Head coach Leslie Frazier said Rudolph had not progressed as quickly as expected from a foot injury. Rudolph has missed the past four games due to the injury.


Vikings list Week 13 inactives


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson (chest), tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot), defensive tackle Chase Baker, guard Jeff Baca, tackle Mike Remmers, quarterback Josh Freeman and wide receiver Rodney Smith were among the team's inactives Week 13 vs. Chicago.

No surprises with two Vikings ruled out


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2013) The Vikings ruled two players out for Week 13 against the Bears, based on Friday's injury report. Tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) will miss his fourth game in a row, while defensive back Josh Robinson (chest) will miss his second game in a row. Neither player was able to practice throughout the week, so their statuses don't come as a surprise. 

Kyle Rudolph might start practicing next week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2013) Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Monday tight end Kyle Rudolph, who has missed the last three games with a fractured foot, might being practicing next week. Rudolph was expected to miss 4-6 weeks after getting hurt Week 9.

Vikings list Week 12 inactives


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson (not injury related), cornerback Josh Robinson (chest), tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot), quarterback Josh Freeman, guard Jeff Baca, wide receiver Rodney Smith and defensive tackle Chris Baker were among the team's inactives Week 12 at Green Bay. 

Vikings rule out three


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2013) The Vikings have ruled out TE Kyle Rudolph, CB Josh Robinson and LB Erin Henderson against the Packers Week 12.

All three players were unable to practice all week. Henderson's absence is not injury related. Robinson is dealing with a chest injury. Rudolph has been sidelined by a foot issue.


Vikings reveal Week 11 inactives


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) The Vikings have listed the following players inactive for Week 11: quarterback Josh Freeman, wide receiver Greg Jennings, defensive back Shaun Prater, running back Matt Asiata, guard Jeff Baca, tight end Kyle Rudolph and defensive tackle Letroy Guion.

Kyle Rudolph ruled out Week 11


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/15/2013) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has been ruled out Week 11 against the Seahawks.

Rudolph has been dealing with a foot injury, and did not play Week 10 due to the injury. He was unable to practice this week. 


Kyle Rudolph no longer on crutches


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2013) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) is no longer on crutches and moving around without a walking boot, according to the Pioneer Press. However, he is still 3-5 weeks away from returning after suffering a fractured foot Week 9.

Vikings list some inactive players


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2013) The Minnesota Vikings had five players on the roster ruled out for Thursday's Week 10 game against Washington when Wednesday's official injury report came out. All five players are among the Vikings' inactives for the Week 10 game.

Those players are as follows: Running back Matt Asiata (shoulder); defensive backs Chris Cook (hip) and Jamarca Sanford (groin); defensive lineman Fred Evans (knee); and tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot).

Kyle Rudolph to miss 4-6 weeks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2013) Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Tuesday tight end Kyle Rudolph will miss 4-6 weeks because of a fractured foot suffered Week 9. The Vikings have eight games remaining, with the first one coming Thursday vs. Washington.

Kyle Rudolph could miss a month with fractured foot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2013) Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced Monday tight end Kyle Rudolph suffered a fractured foot Week 9 at Dallas. Frazier said Rudolph could be out as long as a month.

Source: Kyle Rudolph to miss 'some time' with foot injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2013) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is expected to miss "some time" with a foot injury he sustained Week 9 at Dallas, a source told ESPN. Rudolph was injured on a 31-yard touchdown catch.

Kyle Rudolph hurt during touchdown


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph scored on a 31-yard pass from Christian Ponder on Sunday during the Week 9 loss at Dallas. He was injured on the play. 

Rudolph hurt his left foot running towards the end zone as a would-be tackler fell on the foot as he dove towards paydirt. 

Rudolph finished the game with two receptions for 35 yards and the score. He saw just two targets on the afternoon. Rudolph now has three touchdowns on the season. He should appear on the injury report for the Week 10 game against Washington Thursday. 


Could this be a good Kyle Rudolph week?


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/1/2013) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph heads into Week 9 at Dallas with a good matchup on his hands since the Cowboys have struggled with tight ends this season. But can he take advantage of it?

Dallas has allowed four touchdowns to opposing tight ends and three to reach double digits in Fantasy points. Brandon Myers, Antonio Gates and Julius Thomas have all had success against Dallas, and we'll find out if Rudolph will follow suit.

The problem is Rudolph has had good matchups of late against the Giants and Packers the past two games, and he's combined for just seven catches for 78 yards an no touchdowns over that span. He has just two touchdowns on the season and two games with more than 50 receiving yards.

Rudolph should be considered a low-end starting option in this matchup. He could deliver a similar stat line like he had in Week 8 against Green Bay with four catches for 51 yards, and the good news is he has 24 targets the past three weeks.

But based on his inconsistent production all season it's hard to consider Rudolph a safe starting option in most standard formats.


Kyle Rudolph leads Vikings in receiving


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2013) Tight end Kyle Rudolph led the Vikings with four catches for 51 yards in the home loss to Green Bay. Remarkably, his four targets also led the team.

Up to 28 catches through seven games, Rudolph visits Dallas in Week 9.