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Kyle Rudolph says his foot is totally healed

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Earlier this month, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph made an eye-catching comment when he said he puts himself on the same level as Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski when it comes to the best tight ends in the NFL.

Rudolph made his argument by highlighting his ability as a blocker, but the top tier for tight ends these days is reserved for those who can make an impact as a receiver. Rudolph’s been a solid receiver, but not at the level Graham and Gronkowski have reached and he’s not going to reach it if he isn’t playing at less than 100 percent after breaking his foot last season.

The good news for the Vikings is that Rudolph has declared himself 100 percent healthy and says he’s been running without any problems since February. That will give him plenty of time to get acquainted with new offensive coordinator Norv Turner this offseason.

“Obviously everyone knows the success that Coach Turner has had with tight ends. If you go back all the way back to the Dallas days and Washington, a little bit of time in San Francisco, San Diego, you just look at the tight ends he’s had, I hope to fall in line with that. I’m excited to get into this offense,” Rudolph said, via ESPN.com.

Rudolph’s prospects for a big year definitely get a boost from Turner’s presence, although there’s still the issue of quarterback to settle in Minnesota. The result may not be Graham or Gronk-esque numbers, but a healthy Rudolph should be in line for his biggest receiving season yet all the same.

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19 Responses to “Kyle Rudolph says his foot is totally healed”
  1. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 15, 2014 3:38 PM

    Yeah, but what about his hands?

  2. billclintonspetkraken says: Apr 15, 2014 3:38 PM

    In his defense, look at who has been throwing the ball to him the majority of his career…

  3. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 15, 2014 3:41 PM

    Watch out, NFC north! This guy is all the way back to mediocre!

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  4. deltaoracle says: Apr 15, 2014 3:42 PM

    What is it with this team and foot problems?

  5. tvjules says: Apr 15, 2014 3:43 PM

    I’m more interested to see how much greater Cordelle Patterson can be with a real quarterback.

  6. jebdamone says: Apr 15, 2014 3:48 PM

    im not saying Rudi is better than gronk or jimmy but if he played with brees or brady they would both be very happy. kid is a phenomenal TE. good blocker, runs all the routes and has big strong hands with a soft touch. if the vikings had even an average QB Rudi would be one of the best TEs in the league.

  7. theytukrjobs says: Apr 15, 2014 3:51 PM

    Rudolph is a very good tight end. But he has to stay healthy and needs an accurate QB who can place the ball where only he can get it.

    Like Gronk, Rudolph isn’t a guy who can create huge separation. He is a big tall guy with Velcro hands that can catch anything if you can get it to him. He needs an accurate passer like Brady who can throw to the correct shoulder or whatever and he can go up and get it.

    Watching some of Rudolph’s highlights and comparing those with his production makes it clear to me that he’s capable of more production than they’ve gotten out of him.

  8. theclink12 says: Apr 15, 2014 3:52 PM

    I just can’t take a TE seriously who has the last name of Rudolph.

  9. silentfreedom5 says: Apr 15, 2014 4:21 PM

    In the only game he really had a good QB throwing to him, he went for 5 catches and 122 yards in the pro bowl winning pro bowl MVP honors.

  10. wafflestomp says: Apr 15, 2014 4:21 PM

    I don’t think Brees or Brady would be very happy with this kid because he can’t stay on the field.

    Rudolph is just soft!

  11. Celebrity Man Guy says: Apr 15, 2014 4:21 PM

    Rudolph is the best tight end in the division by far. If Cassel plays the whole season and is average, Rudolph will have a big season.

  12. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Apr 15, 2014 4:35 PM

    Rudolph has phenomenal hands. Whats unique when you see him play in person is the sound it makes when he catches the ball. Its almost like a basketball being dribbled, the kid has Robot Hands, the scary thing for his detractors is that the only game he’s played in the NFL where he wasn’t handcuffed by Bill Musgrave’s Business Card sized playbook, he went on to become Pro-Bowl MVP. Just watch him with a decent QB and a real Offensive System.

  13. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 15, 2014 4:47 PM

    Pro bowl stats?????

    LOL

  14. bobnelsonjr says: Apr 15, 2014 5:29 PM

    Rudy shouldn’t be so quick to throw away the injury excuse. He’s going to need it later on.

    He doesn’t even know who his starting QB will be.

  15. vik3z says: Apr 15, 2014 5:43 PM

    at least he made a pro bowl… jermichael finley cant even turn his neck LOL

  16. mortwannabe says: Apr 15, 2014 6:13 PM

    Jimmy Graham… Really?? Brian Kelly’s arrogance is rubbing off on him.

  17. koreystringerswidow says: Apr 15, 2014 7:27 PM

    My Korey can’t turn his neck.

  18. raiderapologist says: Apr 15, 2014 9:18 PM

    We all look forward to Rudolph being a top 20 TE this season.

  19. joejones3175 says: Apr 17, 2014 6:16 PM

    no doubt in my mind, Rudolph could be one of the greats. i wonder how productive Gronkowski or Grahm would be with Ponder at the helm?

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