Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 9 Hrs

Rudolph (abdomen) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Rudolph has participated in practice two consecutive days, although limited both times, so at this point he still seems likely to play Sunday.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 1 Day

Rudolph (abdomen) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.

No injury was reported for Rudolph after Sunday's game, so we can only assume the ailment is minor at this point. However, check his status in practice later this week.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 4 Days

Rudolph had five receptions for 53 yards in Sunday's loss to New England. He was targeted eight times.

Rudolph led the team in targets and showed he'll be a top option in the passing game. However, he'll need better quarterback play (Matt Cassel struggled with four interceptions) to become a top fantasy option at tight end.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 11 Days

Rudolph had two receptions for 16 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown, in Sunday's win over St. Louis.

Rudolph was targeted just four times as the Vikings focused on the run after getting out to an early large lead. Rudolph showed he'll be a force in the red zone and should see more balls thrown his way when the passing offense is forced to do more.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 26 Days

Rudolph had two receptions for 38 yards in Saturday's preseason win over Kansas City.

Rudolph continues to have a strong preseason as he appears to be Matt Cassel's favorite target and should have a large role in the offense. Given new offensive coordinator Norv Turner's history of success with tight ends, he could be set for a career year.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 1 Month

Rudolph had four receptions for 89 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown, in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona.

With new offensive coordinator Norv Turner's history of success with tight ends, many expect Rudolph to be a big part of the offense and have a career year. Saturday's game will only fuel that outlook. Rudolph was limited to eight games last year after suffering a season-ending broken foot in Week 9, but looks fully healthy this summer.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 2 Months5 Comments

Vikings signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a five-year, $36.5 million extension through 2019.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 2 Months

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said "all the signs point" to Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph breaking out this season.

Rudolph has been diligent in his recovery from the broken foot that sidelined him for the final eight games last season, reportedly dropping 15 pounds and working on his technique in order to be quicker out of his breaks. He should also get a big bump from the arrival of OC Norv Turner, who helped Jordan Cameron breakout last season. Rudolph is a bargain at his current ninth-round ADP.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 2 Months2 Comments

Kyle Rudolph has dropped 15 pounds this offseason with an eye toward being more active in the passing game under new OC Norv Turner.

Rudolph played last season at 275 pounds, but is now at 260 after focusing on his diet and workout routine during the offseason. He's also been working on his receiving skills at Larry Fitzgerald's annual training camp in Minnesota. Fitzgerald's trainer has specifically been working with Rudolph to help him with his speed in and out of breaks. Rudolph is a big-time breakout candidate.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 3 Months2 Comments

Norv Turner's Browns used "12" personnel on 36.9 percent of their offensive plays last season, second-most in the NFL.

The two tight end formation helped Jordan Cameron to his predictable breakout season. Now Turner is running the offense for Minnesota, meaning Kyle Rudolph projects as a major beneficiary. The contract-year tight end will be on the field for every snap, and will be freed up to run more routes while guys like Rhett Ellison, Chase Ford and Allen Reisner compete for blocking snaps. Carlson has flashed some Gronk-like red-zone chops already in his career, compiling 15 touchdowns in 39 games.