Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 5 Months

Kyle Rudolph ran 40.2 percent of his pass routes out of the slot last season.

We're expecting that number to rise under Norv Turner, who had Jordan Cameron run 60.3 percent of his routes from the slot last season. Rudolph isn't as agile, but he does have a basketball background and is extremely athletic for a 6'6/259-pounder. All signs continue to point toward a breakout campaign.

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Kyle Rudolph believes he's the best tight end in the NFL.

It's a slow news day. "I feel as a tight end, it's extremely important to be a guy that can contribute in the running game and also in the passing game," Rudolph said. He's correct, though Rudolph has hardly been an elite blocker his three years in the league, and has just 109 catches across 39 career games. Thanks in part to poor coaching and quarterbacking, Rudolph's talent has largely gone to waste in the NFL, but that could change with tight-end friendly OC Norv Turner now calling the shots on offense. Rudolph is a strong breakout candidate.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 5 Months

Kyle Rudolph said he'd like to sign a contract extension this offseason.

Rudolph has one year remaining on his rookie deal and is coming off a season that saw him play in only eight games due to a broken foot. While he'd like the long-term security, it might be best for Rudolph to wait. He has an opportunity to post, by far, his best season as a pro under tight end-friendly OC Norv Turner.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 5 Months

New Vikings OC Norv Turner's offenses have produced a top-seven fantasy tight end in six of the last seven seasons.

Granted they were Jordan Cameron and Antonio Gates, but Turner has long funneled much of his passing game the tight end's way. He got a top-15 fantasy season out of plodder Eric Johnson in San Francisco, and two top-nine finishes from Randy McMichael with Miami. Turner also coached Jay Novacek in Dallas. For more analysis like this, read Evan Silva's NFC Notes at the link below.

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Vikings GM Rick Spielman admitted he wasn't paying much attention to tight ends at the Combine.

"We have pretty good tight ends, so I wasn't really focusing on that," Spielman said. It's a vote of confidence for both the health and potential of Kyle Rudolph, whose 2013 campaign was cut short by a Week 9 broken foot. With tight ends guru Norv Turner now calling the shots and Rudolph in a contract year, the stars are aligning. He's a serious breakout candidate.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 7 Months

ESPN Vikings blogger Ben Goessling expects Kyle Rudolph to have a bigger role under new OC Norv Turner.

Rudolph will be talked about plenty next summer as a potential breakout player at the tight end position, just as Jordan Cameron was last year under Turner and Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland. Turner has gotten big years out of Antonio Gates and Cameron over the past decade. Rudolph could be next in line. He was on pace for a 60-632-6 receiving line before breaking his foot this past season. If the Vikings can find a quarterback, Rudolph will have a chance to best that.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 8 Months

Vikings placed TE Kyle Rudolph on injured reserve with a fractured left foot, ending his season.

The Vikings needed room to sign another tight end after John Carlson's Week 14 concussion. Rudolph, who just turned 24, hadn't played since Week 9. His third NFL season ends with 30 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns. Although Rudolph doesn't run the seam quite as well, he's flashed Gronkian ability as a red-zone target, catching 12 TDs over his last 23 games. He'll resurface as a potential TE1 in 2014 if and only if the Vikings upgrade at quarterback.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 9 Months

Speaking Thursday, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) "hasn't made as much progress as originally (hoped)."

Rudolph isn't practicing this week, and isn't close to a return. With only four games remaining, it's quite possible he's sent to injured reserve. Rudolph shouldn't be owned in re-draft leagues.

Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 9 Months

Kyle Rudolph (foot) remained sidelined at practice Wednesday.

Rudolph broke his foot in Week 9. He has a chance to return to practice at some point this week, but it remains unclear when he'll play in a game.

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Vikings declared TE Kyle Rudolph, QB Josh Freeman, CB Josh Robinson, DL Chase Baker, OL Jeff Baca, OL Mike Remmers, and WR Rodney Smith inactive for Week 13 against the Bears.

Rudolph (foot) did participate in pre-game warmups Sunday, and has a chance to return to practice next week. His return to game action remains unclear.