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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%: 92/56 | Average Draft Position: 92.16
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Cordarrelle Patterson, Kyle Rudolph expected to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) The Vikings should have their offensive playmakers for Week 3.

Both Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph are probable entering the game. Rudolph was limited in practice Friday, but Pattterson was able to practice in full. 


Vikings release final injury report


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) The Vikings have released their final injury report before Week 3.

Chad Greenway, Rodney Smith and Brandon Watts will all enter the game listed as questionable.

The Sharrif Floyd, Phil Loadholt, Michael Mauti and Xavier Rhodes are all probable heading into the contest.

Both Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph are considered probable for Week 3. 


Kyle Rudolph not a strong Week 3 option


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) Kyle Rudolph's breakout season has yet to start and Fantasy owners are beginning to panic.

He did score a touchdown in Week 1 against the Rams and he had five catches for 53 yards in Week 2 against New England. But we're expecting more now that he's with offensive coordinator Norv Turner, and hopefully he'll start producing soon.

The Saints allowed a touchdown to Levine Toilolo in Week 1, but New Orleans was among the better teams at defending tight ends last year. You can start Rudolph if he's your No. 1 guy, but I like Niles Paul, Larry Donnell and Dwayne Allen better, by comparison.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Kyle Rudolph pops up with new injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph popped up on the injury report with an abdomen injury. He was limited in practice Wednesday. Rudolph has seven catches for 69 yards and a touchdown entering Week 3 at New Orleans.

Kyle Rudolph totals 53 yards


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph had a team-high eight targets but connected just five times for 53 yards in the Vikings' 30-7 loss at home to the Patriots in Week 2. He had two catches for 26 yards on the Vikings' first drive of the game. 

The Vikings play at the Saints in Week 3. 


Kyle Rudolph notches Week 1 touchdown vs. Rams


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph caught two passes for 16 yards and scored a touchdown in his team's 34-6 win over the Rams Sunday.

Rudolph caught two of his four targets in Week 1, with his fourth-quarter touchdown helping to salt the game away. He beat his 16-yard total three times in the preseason and will likely have bigger performances down the road. Rudolph will look to reach the end zone again when he squares off with the Patriots in Week 2.


Kyle Rudolph faces tough Week 1 matchup


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has drawn a lot of positive Fantasy buzz this preseason, with tight-end star-maker Norv Turner coming to Minnesota. Rudolph racked up a team-leading 149 receiving yards and a touchdown on seven catches during the preseason, but even though the stars seem to be aligning for an excellent season, he may run into trouble in Week 1.

Rudolph heads to St. Louis to face the Rams, where he has two things working against him. First, he'll be up against a vicious front four and may be called upon to block more than he would in a typical game. Rudolph was an excellent pass blocker in 2013, grading as the third-most efficient pass-blocking tight end in the league, per Pro Football Focus (min. 25 percent of team's snaps).

Second, the Rams were easily the best team in the league at defending tight ends in the passing game, per Football Outsiders. Ranking first in DVOA against tight ends, the Rams only allowed an average of 41.9 yards per game to the position in 2013.

CBSSports.com experts are mixed on Rudolph's prospects in Week 1, with Jamey Eisenberg ranking him 16th and Dave Richard seventh at the position. I'm siding with Eisenberg here, and if I owned Rudolph in any Fantasy leagues, I'd consider benching him in favor of someone with a better matchup.


Kyle Rudolph on Norv Turner: He's a genius


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) After catching a 51-yard touchdown pass Saturday, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph told coach Mike Zimmer that "the guy you have upstairs is a genius," reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Rudolph referred to offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who is known for featuring tight ends.

Through two preseason games, Rudolph has caught five of six targets for 111 yards and a score.


Kyle Rudolph catches long touchdown vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph hauled in four receptions for a team-high 89 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's 30-28 preseason win over the Cardinals.

Rudolph began the game by recording a 17-yard catch on the offense's fist play from scrimmage but kicked things up on the third drive, hauling in a 51-yard touchdown to give the Vikings a 10-7 lead. Rudolph is adapting well to the new offensive system, and he could be a big-play threat for the Vikings as teams load up to stop Adrian Peterson.


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.