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Kyle Rudolph watching tapes of Norv Turner’s former tight ends

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Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was limited to eight games last year because of a broken foot, an injury that helped the Vikings finish on the wrong side of .500 on the way to clearing house on the coaching staff.

While that made for a pretty miserable season, the end result could wind up being good for both Rudolph and the Vikings offense. Norv Turner is on board as the team’s new offensive coordinator and there’s a long history of successful seasons for tight ends under his tutelage. Rudolph has spent time this offseason watching tape of tight ends from Jay Novacek to Jordan Cameron to further his understanding of what Turner wants from the position.

“Some guys have that unique ability to have the feel for a game and dial up huge plays,” Rudolph said, via USA Today. “I really noticed watching a lot of Cleveland Browns tape last year, when you’re watching the course of the game, you can see that with Norv. He has such a great feel for dialing up plays at the right time, and I feel like he will really do a great job of making sure the ball’s in the hands of our guys on the outside. We’re going to throw it around.”

The group of tight ends that Turner has coached to big seasons has a range of sizes and styles and he’s been able to put them into the right spots to make the best use of their abilities. If he does the same for Rudolph, the tight end could have a breakout season and the Vikings should have a strong group of receiving targets with Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings also on the roster.

Whether they have the quarterback to take advantage is the biggest question of the Vikings’ season, but Turner’s confident that all will work out on that front.

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  1. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 9, 2014 11:12 AM

    This guy is the most talented QB on their roster.

    Also, he is the most talented defensive player on their roster.

    Sadly, he is the fifth most talented TE in the MFC North.

    >

  2. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 9, 2014 11:14 AM

    NFC*

  3. thespeaker6 says: Jul 9, 2014 11:14 AM

    Quarterback joke! Super Bowl joke! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  4. coachkilla6 says: Jul 9, 2014 11:15 AM

    Stand by for the “Pro-Bowl MVP” comments from Viking homers in 3…2…1…

  5. bassplucker says: Jul 9, 2014 11:17 AM

    Kyle Rudolph has been criminally underutilized during his time with the Vikings so far.

    In terms of sheer size and ability, he is the closest thing to Jimmy Graham in the NFC North. If he can stay healthy and get a QB to throw to him, look out. Nobody can cover him in the red zone.

  6. reesesteel23 says: Jul 9, 2014 11:22 AM

    Underrated…..by a mile

  7. bhinrichs9 says: Jul 9, 2014 11:23 AM

    Anyone who has seen this guy play knows he has the talent to be a top 5 TE. Very strong hands and can use his body. If we get QB play he will be the divisions best TE.

  8. chris1cat says: Jul 9, 2014 11:29 AM

    Everyone chime in now……..
    RUDY, RUDY, RUDY!

    Underrated blocker that springs AllDay on big runs. Catches with his hands. Good body control. He’s going to have his best year as a pro in Norv’s system!

  9. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 9, 2014 11:37 AM

    What is it with queenie fans and their incessant need to try and convince everyone that their players are all top 5 but yet the collection of them finishes bottom 5 every year? Are you just trying to convince yourselves somehow? Just a hint…if the team could actually win it might become relevant rather than a laughingstock.

    Considering Rodgers is soft according to you trolls because of broken bone that must mean Rudolph is as as well right?

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 9, 2014 11:38 AM

    “Hello…. Huge Plays? This is Ken Rudolph calling. You don’t know me, but I’m associated with Norv Turner who coached guys like Jay Novacek and Jordan Cameron. Remember them?
    Well, anyway, the reason for the call is …..”.

  11. dethsupport says: Jul 9, 2014 11:41 AM

    Nowhere to go but up I guess.

  12. dethsupport says: Jul 9, 2014 11:42 AM

    Oh and Tokyo, we got it. You don’t need to correct yourself. Sheesh.

  13. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 9, 2014 11:43 AM

    Between the joke of playing Madden to learn the NFL defenses and watching Clevelands 27th ranked offense in points scored your in great hands with that offensive guru Turner. My prediction is he will be on his 10th team in 2-3 yrs when he fails once again.

  14. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 9, 2014 11:45 AM

    Time for Packer fans to remind us that none of that matters because we haven’t won a Super Bowl.

  15. guitarfreak21 says: Jul 9, 2014 11:45 AM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Jul 9, 2014 11:38 AM
    “Hello…. Huge Plays? This is Ken Rudolph calling. You don’t know me, but I’m associated with Norv Turner who coached guys like Jay Novacek and Jordan Cameron. Remember them?
    Well, anyway, the reason for the call is …..”.

    ___________________________________

    A Jags troll?! HAHAHAHAHA! Get back to me when you’re not fighting for the title of most pathetic NFL franchise with the Browns and Raiders! You really need to have something to back up your antics – LAWLWAYS hahahaha!

  16. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 9, 2014 11:47 AM

    On the packer story this morning, tsb was the 40th commenter in. On the Viking story, he has the first two.

  17. mediasloppy says: Jul 9, 2014 11:49 AM

    Looks like a lot of guys are really buying into the new direction the team is going, and even finding more ways to innovate their learning. Not the same old going through the motions. I can’t find anything wrong with that.

  18. misterpositivity says: Jul 9, 2014 11:58 AM

    Those are a couple of good TE’s to emulate. Rudolph could be a big part of the Vike’s pass game with so much attention paid to Peterson.

  19. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 9, 2014 12:02 PM

    I’m surprised you can count that far. Sorry, dude, morning meetings. My schedule is clear this afternoon, so I’ll be quick on most articles.

  20. steelerben says: Jul 9, 2014 12:08 PM

    thegreatgabbert: As bad as your team is, it is lucky that you’ve got a good sense of humor. Don’t listen to the rest of these guys, the transcript of Kyle Rudolph dialing up a big play was hillarious.

  21. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 9, 2014 12:08 PM

    I hear Jerome Simpson has been preparing during the offseason by obsessively playing on his 1970s era Mattel Football game.

  22. GenXJay says: Jul 9, 2014 12:11 PM

    Manhattan loft meetings of trading novelty stock online takes precedence of tokyosandblasters to troll.
    Anyway, Rudolph is exhibiting the willingness of cohesive hard work to teammates & creating trust with the coaching staff.

  23. tjacks7 says: Jul 9, 2014 12:21 PM

    Canning Leslie Frazier was the greatest thing the Vikings have done since they canned Brad Childress. I love the direction this team is headed and judging by how people talk about the Vikings in almost every article on this site, fans of other teams must be getting nervous.

  24. jimthebuilder27 says: Jul 9, 2014 12:22 PM

    Go ahead Vikings fans, brag about this guy’s Pro Bowl MVP, it’s fools gold. It’s about as “meaningful” as the disgrace of a game itself.

  25. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 9, 2014 12:34 PM

    Wasn’t Nick Foles the Pro Bowl Offensive mvp?

  26. packerfansarefatdrunkandstupid says: Jul 9, 2014 12:37 PM

    The Packers time is running out……and Packer fans know it.

  27. thegreenandcold says: Jul 9, 2014 12:38 PM

    Rudolph is watching tape of the Cleveland Browns offense and saying good things. Their offense was one if the few rated worse than the Vikings.
    But at least Rudolph has to be excited that all 3 QBs are getting praise from Turner. Just like Weeden last year before he was cut and Norv was fired.
    Maybe he can watch Bridgewater play as Antonio Gates in Madden the Vikings would really tout the teams chemistry and work ethic then.

  28. veence69 says: Jul 9, 2014 12:40 PM

    The worst case scenario for 31 types of troll is Bridgwater being the QB we all saw for 2 seasons at Louisville at not the gloveless QB who showed up at a 45 minute “pro day”.

  29. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 9, 2014 12:41 PM

    Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says:
    Jul 9, 2014 11:45 AM

    Time for Packer fans to remind us that none of that matters because we haven’t won a Super Bowl.

    Based on your continued ramblings of offseason championships won by the queens we obviously need to remind you of the 13 actual championships the Packers have won and received trophies which can actually been seen and held unlike your imaginary ones that adorn the Vikings display case.

  30. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 9, 2014 12:41 PM

    packerfansarefatdrunkandstupid says:
    Jul 9, 2014 12:37 PM
    The Packers time is running out……and Packer fans know it.

    —-

    I wish I could read this! I’m just too drunk and stupid!

    Packers own the Vikings

    The end.

  31. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 9, 2014 12:45 PM

    packerfansarefatdrunkandstupid says:
    Jul 9, 2014 12:37 PM

    The Packers time is running out……and Packer fans know it

    Considering Rodgers wants to play at least another 8 years I will take having a bad year then.

  32. agcooney108 says: Jul 9, 2014 12:47 PM

    people won’t be laughing when i get him on my fantasy teams

  33. veetan says: Jul 9, 2014 12:51 PM

    Norv’s much more capable than his critics say he is. Even so, the entire Vikings organization is “tainted” by its past debacles; from the Loveboat, to Farve’s disaster in the ’09 NFC Championship game, to even more recent bad picks. Can Norv break the curse?

  34. ejmat2 says: Jul 9, 2014 12:54 PM

    For the Viking fans including me, why don’t we just stop responding to the Packer/Seahawk trolls. Maybe that way they will stop someday and realize they mean nothing. Or maybe they’ll continue because they just have nothing better to do. However, I will please them with just one more post.

    One day when Rodgers retires the Packers will be right back where they were in the 70’s and 80’s. 1 winning season in 20+ years??? For the Seahawks you were NEVER relevant until last year.

    Yeah you have superbowls. We all know that. Congrats. If that is all you have on us, so be it.

  35. tqaztec says: Jul 9, 2014 1:00 PM

    Kyle, you better retire before those concussions ruin your life!

    No?

  36. whatjusthapped says: Jul 9, 2014 1:04 PM

    I don’t understand where Norv gets this offensive genius label, his last team finished in the bottom half of all NFL offenses. Good luck with improving that without a real NFL QB.

  37. ragnarthegreat says: Jul 9, 2014 1:09 PM

    Ponder couldn’t throw accurately more than about 15 yards so many of his passes were short ones to Rudolph. Every defense knew this and yet he got open and had a great year. Against these same defenses, he had a great start to the next before his injury. Seriously if everyone knows what you are going to do and it still works, there is talent involved. Rudolph is the real deal.

  38. ariani1985 says: Jul 9, 2014 1:16 PM

    and our little sisters to the East have who at TE?? An injury prone weak necked delinquent!!!!
    The tides have turned back to the 60,70,80, and 90 where we own the division!!!!

  39. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jul 9, 2014 1:18 PM

    Maybe the drunken sconnies will get Jermichaels broken old body back. What a treat that would be for them. Here we are making a superbowl run in 2014. SKOL.

  40. revren10 says: Jul 9, 2014 1:19 PM

    The Vikings have Teddy bustwater as there future quarterback aka Akili Smith 2.0. 0-4 in Superbowls. Vikings fans are funny people, they are as desperate as Brown fans with Johnny snort it up my nose Manziel

  41. ariani1985 says: Jul 9, 2014 1:20 PM

    Considering Rodgers is soft according to you trolls because of broken bone that must mean Rudolph is as as well right?———————————————————————–

    No, a broken bone is a lot different than little Erin feeling discomfort handing off the football…..
    The Turd Bay training staff had to beg him to get on the field but then again your team LOST in the first round of the playoffs YET AGAIN…..
    maybe after 6 seasons you might figure that there is a 2nd round????

  42. Frazier28/7 says: Jul 9, 2014 1:22 PM

    It is nice to see and hear Viking players improving in the offseason where as other teams have players simply resting on past achievements and expecting to be good again in the fall while making no real improvements at all.

  43. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 9, 2014 1:24 PM

    ejmat2 says:
    Jul 9, 2014 12:54 PM

    Yeah you have superbowls. We all know that. Congrats. If that is all you have on us, so be it

    Are you actually serious with that statement? Isn’t that what it is all about? That’s not the only thing we have on you but as the late great Vince Lombardi said ” Winning isn’t everything its the only thing”

    You also haven’t been on here long enough to realize the constant insults started with your fellow posters against Packer and Seahawk fans now you are getting your just desserts. What fan base actually spouts off when you continually finish in last place?

  44. jjackwagon says: Jul 9, 2014 1:25 PM

    Canning Leslie Frazier was the greatest thing the Vikings have done since they canned Brad Childress.
    —————————————————–
    At least until they can Zimmer in December and draft top five next year.

  45. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 9, 2014 1:28 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jul 9, 2014 1:20 PM

    Considering Rodgers is soft according to you trolls because of broken bone that must mean Rudolph is as as well right?———————————————————————–

    your team LOST in the first round of the playoffs YET AGAIN…..

    Can your worthless team even make the playoffs? Oh yeah they did a couple years ago when they were throttled by the Pack on national tv. Since then they have been residing in the cellar. Fitting place for trolls like yourself.

  46. bassplucker says: Jul 9, 2014 1:37 PM

    Don’t sell Norv short because of his failures as a HC. When given support from his HC and the right players, he is a very good OC. The Vikings fans I know who are in the know are more excited about their prospects on offense than they have been in years.

  47. stellarperformance says: Jul 9, 2014 2:08 PM

    The Packers have made it to the postseason in each of the last four years, won the North Division three years in a row, lost in the first round only once, and won a SuperBowl in that same stretch of time.

    If the Vikings had anything near this level of consistency and success, the parades would never end.

    Trying to fight with put-downs and insults and lies is the ammunition of losers. To get respect, you must show respect. The Bears and Lions fans know this and receive mutual admiration and respect.

    Only the Viking fans are too proud.

  48. guitarfreak21 says: Jul 9, 2014 2:11 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Jul 9, 2014 12:41 PM
    packerfansarefatdrunkandstupid says:
    Jul 9, 2014 12:37 PM
    The Packers time is running out……and Packer fans know it.

    —-

    I wish I could read this! I’m just too drunk and stupid!

    Packers own the Vikings

    The end.

    ______________________

    HA, apparently you ARE a hillbilly drunk! The horribly injured and historically bad Vikings defense couldn’t even HAND YOU that last game last year! You could only tie us at our WORST… what does that say about YOU?

  49. nickwhite11 says: Jul 9, 2014 2:11 PM

    It’s funny how on every Vikings article, regardless of subject, packers fans feel the need to comment and babble on about “their” team, and on a packers article you may see the poet comment but that’s about it from Vikings fans. Seems like the cheeseheads are getting nervous. They are talking while they can before the tables are turned.

  50. tremoluxman says: Jul 9, 2014 2:14 PM

    *Faint*

    Not one comment yet on Bridgewater’s allegedly tiny hands.

    *Swoon*

  51. richmondbolt says: Jul 9, 2014 2:14 PM

    He should be studying Antonio Gates. Not a one year wonder like Cameron. Novacek was good but not close to Gates. Suppose he knows he can’t ever be as good as Gates so why not study the next tier.

  52. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 9, 2014 2:15 PM

    nickwhite11 says:
    Jul 9, 2014 2:11 PM
    It’s funny how on every Vikings article, regardless of subject, packers fans feel the need to comment and babble on about “their” team, and on a packers article you may see the poet comment but that’s about it from Vikings fans. Seems like the cheeseheads are getting nervous. They are talking while they can before the tables are turned.

    —-

    Apparently you never go on Packers articles.

    And you must be new to football as well; Vikings fans win the Superbowl every offseason.

  53. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 9, 2014 2:35 PM

    Honestly, if Kyle Rudolph is available in rounds 15 or 16, I’ll take a flyer on him.

    He’s pretty much the only person on the team that can catch the ball.

  54. dcviking says: Jul 9, 2014 2:36 PM

    I have no problem with either Bear or Lions fans — they don’t seem to think they are owed anything, or that they should receive special treatment.

  55. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 9, 2014 2:40 PM

    dcviking says:
    Jul 9, 2014 2:36 PM
    I have no problem with either Bear or Lions fans — they don’t seem to think they are owed anything, or that they should receive special treatment.

    —-

    So you have a problem with Vikings fans, then?

    Because they are the most “entitled” fans that I’ve ever seen, and they’ve never won anything. In their existence.

  56. youallrfools says: Jul 9, 2014 2:45 PM

    ejmat2 says:
    Jul 9, 2014 12:54 PM
    For the Viking fans including me, why don’t we just stop responding to the Packer/Seahawk trolls. Maybe that way they will stop someday and realize they mean nothing. Or maybe they’ll continue because they just have nothing better to do. However, I will please them with just one more post.

    One day when Rodgers retires the Packers will be right back where they were in the 70′s and 80′s. 1 winning season in 20+ years??? For the Seahawks you were NEVER relevant until last year.

    Yeah you have superbowls. We all know that. Congrats. If that is all you have on us, so be it.

    ————————————————-
    You get that these are people that attach their self worth a group of grown men who in turn care literally nothing about their insignificant life. The accomplishments of others is how they find value in their life.

    Plus they obviously don’t work or work in menial unimportant positions (such as a toll booth worker) to have enough time to sit and refresh PFT until a new article appears and they can post their comments and giggle as the mayo drops out of their 3rd Big Mac onto the massive shelf they once called a stomach.

    They will post. And continue to post. And if everyone ignores them they will post even more like a child whining for its mother until some unsuspecting fan reacts. Just like the mother, that fan eventually reassured the child “you’re ok and special” and the cycle will continue.

  57. tklind says: Jul 9, 2014 2:52 PM

    All you need to remember about Kyle Rudolph was his Pro Bowl game when he was voted its MVP. Why? Because he finally had top rated Quarterbacks throwing to him!

  58. nickwhite11 says: Jul 9, 2014 3:58 PM

    Tokyosandblaster, no I’m not new to football or pft articles. You are the worst troll of them all. Sitting and refreshing pft waiting for Vikings articles, you must have a sad life.

  59. fmc651 says: Jul 9, 2014 4:00 PM

    Easy packer trolls, everyone knows this kid is a stud. You coming on here talking about old records and no SB’s doesn’t have anything to do with it.

  60. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 9, 2014 8:04 PM

    Rudy was the 2nd best TE for the vikings last season in yards receiving behind their big free agent signing, John Carlson with over 300 yards receiving.

    He might improve and get to 400 yards this season if he keeps watching the Browns TE’s. Cameron Jordon had a third more receiving yards for the Browns than Carlson and Rudy combined. The top two TE’s for the Browns had over a 1000 yards receiving compared to the vikings top two getting 300 yards each.

    Of course Rudy’s 300 yards receiving makes him a top 5 TE in the NFL as posted above. SKLOL!!

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