Kyle Rudolph has been an important part of the the Vikings offense and their 4-1 record this season. Most of the focus has been on Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Christian Ponder, but Rudolph is slowly becoming the big TE presence we all hoped he would be. He has a tie for the league lead in TDs by a tight end with 4 and is averaging 8.9 yards per catch. While his yards (169) need to pick up if he’s going to become an elite pass catching tight end, it’s clear that Rudolph is becoming a security blanket for Ponder, especially in the red zone. We expect Rudolph’s growth to continue throughout the rest of this season.
Rudolph sat down with Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network this week. When asked how the Vikings are 4-1, despite everyone’s low expectations for the team, Rudolph explained that our Purple and Gold have been playing and need to continue to play their “style of football.” When pressed further, Rudolph explained that the Vikings have to be able to run the football and stop the run.
The Vikings TE also picked Percy Harvin as team MVP over Adrian Peterson through 5 games of the season. You can catch the entire interview here.