Posted: 8/06/2019 2:08 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 5, because of a minor ailment, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: It appears like Rudolph probably will miss a few days of practice. He should receive a decent amount of targets this season and can be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 tight end in most fantasy leagues.
Posted: 8/01/2019 3:08 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins said Wednesday, July 31, he's feeling much more confident working with TE Kyle Rudolph in their second training camp together. 'I've done a better job this camp ... of just trusting him more and throwing it to him even when he's covered,' Cousins told reporters Wednesday. 'I think today there were probably two or three examples of him catching the ball with the defender draped over him or pretty close to him. He is just such a trustworthy target, so little things like that, building a chemistry with him, you would've loved to say I did that last year, but I don't think I did enough.'
Huddle Up: Rudolph caught 64 passes for 634 yards but just four touchdowns last season in his first year working with Cousins. More familiarity with his 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end could help Cousins improve a red-zone offense which scored on just 54 percent of trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line last season.
Posted: 6/11/2019 4:06 am UTC
The Minnesota Vikings signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a four-year extension worth $36 million on Monday, June 10.
Huddle Up: Rudolph racked up 64 grabs, 634 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games last season, and he has at least four scores in each of the past four seasons while playing every games since the start of the 2015 season. Rudolph is a nice low-end TE1 in most fantasy leagues, and the durability factor is a huge plus.
Posted: 5/22/2019 7:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he has received a five-year contract extension offer from the Vikings, and head coach Mike Zimmer is confident that Rudolph will remain with the team since the two sides are talking.
Huddle Up: Rudolph's situation has been in question the entire offseason, but it seems the two sides are working on a new deal. Rudolph can be considered a No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues if he remains with the Vikings.
Posted: 5/20/2019 10:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he plans to participate in practice Tuesday, May 21, even though his future with the team is uncertain.
Huddle Up: Rudolph has been part of trade rumors this offseason, so it is not known which team he will play for in 2019. He can be considered a No. 2 fantasy tight end no matter where he plays.
Posted: 5/17/2019 9:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has been offered a five-year contract extension, but the two sides have not made much progress in talks, according to a source. Rudolph would be paid among the top tight ends in the NFL if he signed the extension.
Huddle Up: Rudolph's status with the Vikings is still uncertain at this point, so fantasy players should continue to monitor the situation. Rudolph can be a solid No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Posted: 5/16/2019 2:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph declined to take a pay cut, but he hopes to remain with the team. 'No, I won't,' Rudolph said. 'I'm too young for that.'
Huddle Up: Rudolph can be a decent backup as a TE2 in fantasy, but his upside is minimal in the offense. If he's cut and winds up somewhere like New England? He could receive a spark.
Posted: 5/14/2019 1:05 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he hopes to remain with the Vikings but would like a decision on his status with the team in the near future.
Huddle Up: The Vikings do not have a lot of salary cap space available, so Rudolph could be released or traded in order to make cap space. He has recorded 19 touchdowns over the last three seasons but has been held to under 650 yards in each of the last two seasons. He probably should be considered a No. 2 tight end in most fantasy leagues no matter where he plays.
Posted: 5/10/2019 5:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has been discussing a contract extension with the team, but those talks broke off Friday, May 10, according to sources. Trading Rudolph very much remains a possibility for the Vikings, and there is interest around the league.
Huddle Up: Rudolph has been a top-10 fantasy tight end in each of the last three seasons, but the writing is on the wall with the Vikings drafting Irv Smith in the second round and Rudolph due $7.5 million this season. A situation to definitely keep an eye on ...
Posted: 5/01/2019 2:05 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph could remain a factor in the offense after the team selected TE Irv Smith with the 50th selection in the NFL draft. Last season, the team ran 20 percent of its plays out of 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends, two receivers), and the team thrived in it. QB Kirk Cousins had a 120.8 passer rating, and the team rushed for 4.2 yards per carry. Rudolph had 13.8 percent of Cousins' targets last year while notching 64 receptions for 634 yards (9.9 yards per catch) and four touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Rudolph has been an inconsistent fantasy option, and his days as a TE1 are probably numbered. However, he should still provide a PPR punch as a TE2 in some matchups.