Kyle Rudolph praises Sam Bradford’s toughness

AP

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford has made a great impact on his teammates, and not just because of his ability to throw a football. On Monday, tight end Kyle Rudolph became the most recent Vikings to praise Bradford’s ability to take a hit.

“I think the biggest thing that I’ve learned about Sam is just how tough he is,” Rudolph said on PFT Live. “The way that he stood in there not only yesterday but also last week taking hit after hit after hit and still making throws downfield. A couple throws come to mind against Green Bay last week to [Stephon] Diggs and you don’t really see it until you go back and watch the tape. He’s got a lot of guts and a lot of grit and he stands in there and throws the ball downfield knowing he’s gonna take a hit.”

The passing game has become more important given the knee injury suffered by running back Adrian Peterson.

“Anytime you lose a player of that magnitude it has an effect,” Rudolph said of Peterson. “We kind of went through it with Teddy [Bridgewater] a little under a month ago and you can never replace a player of that caliber. They’re just irreplaceable but it was kind of the message when Teddy went down and it’s been the message unfortunately throughout the early part of our season. Each guy on the team has to do one more thing better and get a little better each day and try to make up that ground that we’re missing when you lose a great player.”

Even without a couple of great players, the Vikings could be on the verge of becoming great.

“For us it’s about getting better each and every week,” Rudolph said. “Obviously, we think we have a ton of talent. We wouldn’t have traded a first-round pick for a quarterback at the beginning of the season if our organization didn’t believe that we can win now and believe in the talent that we have in that locker room but for us it’s about sticking to what we do. Playing complimentary football, playing smart football and winning the game in the fourth quarter.”

They’ve done it for three straight Sundays, getting better as the game unfolds. The next chance comes Monday night, against the Giants.

45 responses to “Kyle Rudolph praises Sam Bradford’s toughness

  1. I cannot dispute anything outlined in this article. I can only retain confidence the Packers will continue to get their act together. They too are showing progress week to week. It should be an interesting season.

    The Vikings made a super move by bringing in Bradford. I think he is way ahead of any potential Bridgewater represented. Plus, the Viking running game is a little bit stuck in the mud regardless of who is back there and who they are running behind, so no loss at that position……yet. Their offense is currently ranked #31 (Packers not much better at #28.)

    They will find it harder to succeed if their defense is unable to put points on the board. Their defense is currently ranked #6 (Packers defense currently ranked #13….#1 against the run.)

    The Vikings aren’t exactly running away with it. Way too soon.

  2. As an Eagles fan, I’m happy for Bradford and for the Vikings. Bradford never had a chance here, and not much of one in St. Louis, either. That said, you can’t ignore his injury history. He certainly doesn’t come off as “tough” to me. He often looks like a deer in headlights, and complains to the officials a lot about hits. Check out his reaction to the hit Suggs put on him in the 2015 preseason. He practically cried.

    Gonna be a fun one in Philly on October 23rd.

  3. allight59 says:
    Sep 27, 2016 10:19 AM
    Yet Packer trolls insist their defense is as good as the Vikings. Hint: Marvin Jones is a WR, you might want to put a man on him.

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    May want to cover Diggs too 😉

    Fantasy advice: Start WR’s vs. the Pack

    SKOL

  4. stellarperformance says:
    Sep 27, 2016 9:58 AM

    The Vikings aren’t exactly running away with it. Way too soon.

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    The Vikings are 3-0…..not much more they can do…. Oh, and they are 1-0 against your Packers.

  5. stellar you keep citing. total defense by ypg given up. stop it. no one thinks the vikings D is 6th best in NFL. they give up 13 ppg, have a +8 turnover rate, 2 TDs, a safety and have like 18 sacks in 3 games. who cares how many yards are given up.

  6. Not a Vikings fan, but teams better not sleep on these guys….the unfortunate injuries with Bridgewater and AP has forced this team to embrace unfamiliar territory and they are killing it….If Bradford can stay healthy…watch out.

  7. stellarperformance says:
    Sep 27, 2016 9:58 AM

    I cannot dispute anything outlined in this article. I can only retain confidence the Packers will continue to get their act together. They too are showing progress week to week. It should be an interesting season.

    The Vikings made a super move by bringing in Bradford. I think he is way ahead of any potential Bridgewater represented. Plus, the Viking running game is a little bit stuck in the mud regardless of who is back there and who they are running behind, so no loss at that position……yet. Their offense is currently ranked #31 (Packers not much better at #28.)

    They will find it harder to succeed if their defense is unable to put points on the board. Their defense is currently ranked #6 (Packers defense currently ranked #13….#1 against the run.)

    The Vikings aren’t exactly running away with it. Way too soon.
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    The vikes are started a new QB whos been on the roster for a couple of weeks, two back up running backs and a Olineman whos first start at left tackle ever came last week, it may be the reason for the Vikings being lower on the offense side of ball from the offensive stat perspective. The packers have all of their “stars” healthy and are 28th. Also the packers pass defense is rated 28th, you’ve played a Jacksonville team that doesn’t run (ivory was out), a Vikings team where their star running back that got hurt and Detroit’s running game with out their starting running back, try not to hurt yourself while patting yourself on the back.

  8. I live in Minnesota and follow the Vikings. I’m not going to make outlandish claims and go all gah-gah over the team.
    What I will say is I’ve watched the team since the 60s and they appear to have their act together and could be special. There are some big ‘Ifs’. The biggest is the offensive line. And the run game. Pass protection is getting better, but still shaky. Clean those things up and who knows what can happen. The season is getting more interesting by the week.

  9. As I see it, the only ceiling on the Vikings this year is that OL. They have all the other pieces in place and are the best coached, most fundamentally sound team in the NFC right now.

  10. Stellar:

    VIikings 295 YPG

    Packers 350 YPG. – 55 YPG Difference

    Vikings 13.3 ppg GB 22.3ppg against

    Vikes #3, pack #15. Not close either way.

    Only a fool goes by yardage for defense, its the old antiquated way it was done when we were kids and passing wasny as prolific as it is now.

    How can you use yardage as a gauge? Hell how much yardage did GB give up in the 2nd half tovthe Lions?

    There is too much garbage time prevent defense going on for yardage to be an accurate measurement.

    But, in your delusion of thinking GB defense is on par with the vikes, of course you are going to look at yardage. But, you just look where they sre ranked.. 350 ypg is not a good defense.

  11. It’s not even fair to compare the Vikings and Packers anymore. The Vikings pretty much has a clean sweep across the board. The Packers still have a QB that used to be pretty good and still has some moments. But, that QB can no longer carry the depleted roster that Thompson has assembled or overcome the horrific coaching of McCarthy.

    Meanwhile, the Vikings have a loaded roster, even with their starting QB, RB, and LT on IR. Their defense is in a different league than the Packers and their offense is continuing to gel each week while playing great complimentary football.

    We’re seeing what we all expected this offseason. One team on the rise, the other on the decline. The tides have changed in the NFCN.

  12. Stellars latest buzz-post;
    “The Vikings know they dodged a bullet catching the Packers early.”
    We’ve heard this over and over since week 2.

    Stellars previous buzz-post;
    “The Vikings’ and Packers’ Defenses are equal.”
    Heard this over and over for months on end.

    The truth inevitably catches up with him. When it does- he happily fabricates his new reality and keeps hummin’ along.

  13. paullearnedblckjcksn says:

    Last year I posted here that this Vikings D was on the verge of becoming historically good. People laughed and laughed. Anyone still laughing?
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    Everybody in Seattle

  14. nhpats says:

    Bradford makes the Vikings a top contender in the league (IMO)…..
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    Yeah but you also think Brady didn’t cheat so there’s that…

  15. Let’s look at this realistically. I say the Vikings may have the top team in the NFC. Who else is there to challenge them?

    They have already dispatched with the Packers.

    They have already dispatched the Panthers who are 1-2 and flailing.

    The Seahawks are a shell of their former selves and Wilson won’t make it through the season,

    The Cardinals are in free-fall.

    The only other potential competitor I see is the Eagles…..and the jury is still out on them.

  16. sportmigos says:
    Sep 27, 2016 9:57 AM
    u talking about the glassman who doesn’t think he should have to compete for his job?
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    Ahh yes, you must be referring to his (2) torn ACL’s. You’re absolutely right…he should’ve played through those! I mean, everyone else does!

  17. As a St Louisan I can attest to Bradford being a quality QB. He may never be Peyton or Brady, but he can be Eli for sure. He has always stood tall and been tough. His problems were the freak injuries. If he can be durable he will be the long term QB solution to a very good Vikings team. If Teddy comes back healthy next year then the Vikings will have a quality backup to Bradford if he gets hurt. The Vikings could be a juggernaut for a prolonged period of time. Great coach/gm combo.

  18. nhpats says:
    Sep 27, 2016 11:12 AM
    Let’s look at this realistically. I say the Vikings may have the top team in the NFC. Who else is there to challenge them?
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    Oh my Lord. Already? And with a 31st ranked offense?

    Put down the Kool-Aid and step away from the table, rookie.

  19. This is fine and good and happy for Sam and the 2nd chance the Vikings got from him but his teammates praising Bradford is not = to protection.

    Minnesota has a major pass protection problem.

    Vikings MUST figure out how to pass-block or else Vikings fans will taste the sting of a 2nd starting QB on the injury report. Until they can keep Sam on his feet all these epic future projections are silly.

  20. stellar performance says:

    They will find it harder to succeed if their defense is unable to put points on the board. Their defense is currently ranked #6 (Packers defense currently ranked #13….#1 against the run.)

    The Vikings aren’t exactly running away with it. Way too soon.
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    You know what? Ur always so big on what the experts say and think and the experts have proclaimed the Broncos and Vikings D’s the top in the league. In fact I’ll go farther. . . If the Packers had to play Carolina at Carolina. . . Major cheese explosion. Your team lucked out—they have to play the Falcons instead.

  21. If the Vikings make it to the SB they likely face the Patriots so the question remains, do they have an answer for Gronk? They don’t and that’s why I don’t see them winning the SB at least this year.

  22. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Sep 27, 2016 12:01 PM
    If the Vikings make it to the SB they likely face the Patriots so the question remains, do they have an answer for Gronk? They don’t and that’s why I don’t see them winning the SB at least this year.
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    Holy. There’s 13 games to go and the playoffs. Slooooooooooooowwwwww down.

    I’m a Vikings fan and I’m not going off the rails and saying SB after we lost our QB, RB, and LT. I’m just amazed they are 3-0 after all that!!

  23. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Sep 27, 2016 12:01 PM
    If the Vikings make it to the SB they likely face the Patriots so the question remains, do they have an answer for Gronk? They don’t and that’s why I don’t see them winning the SB at least this year.

    Barr, Smith, Zimmer. If the Vikings and Patriots played in the super bowl, the real question would be, can the Patriots stop the Vikings pass rush? They couldn’t do it against the Broncos in the AFC championship last year and the Vikings rush looks to be even better.

  24. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Sep 27, 2016 12:01 PM
    If the Vikings make it to the SB they likely face the Patriots so the question remains, do they have an answer for Gronk? They don’t and that’s why I don’t see them winning the SB at least this year.

    LOL…obviously has never watched a Viking game. Do some reseach on our LBs and Safeties….

  25. (Packers defense currently ranked #13….#1 against the run.)

    Stellar teams are torching your db’s why run the ball.
    Randall, Gunter, Burnett, HaHa are giving up a 200 yards to a receiver every week.

  26. The packers can thank the clock for saving them from the mighty Lions last Sunday. 3 points in the second half . . . Hilarious. McMuffin is incapable of making a halftime adjustment.

  27. “whatjusthapped says: Here is a fun fact, the last time the Vikings went 3-0, they didn’t win a Superbowl that year either.”

    By the way… how did the Packers do that year? Oh that’s right… 2nd in the NFC-N and 1 & done in the wildcard game against Arizona. Here’s another fun fact for that year… Arizona’s game winning 51 points were the most points ever allowed by the Packers that year. When your Packers lose… they lose BIG TIME!

  28. I don’t get the thrill some punks, obviously living in momma’s basement, troll articles and sites about other teams simply to criticize. Grow up, get a job, go to school, do something productive with your life that doesn’t include ignorant, inaccurate, silly posts. That said the facts are clear. The Vikings have the best GM and Coaching staffs they perhaps have ever had and definitely since Grant and Van Brocklin. Bradford could well be better than Bridgewater, he has never played on a decent team and getting hurt has nothing to do with a QB’s toughness but everything to do with the quality of the OL. The Viking’s OL sucks. Zimmer makes every player earn the right in practice to play in a game. It works and will work with Treadwell and I hope with Patterson. Go Vikes!

  29. paullearnedblckjcksn says:

    Last year I posted here that this Vikings D was on the verge of becoming historically good. People laughed and laughed. Anyone still laughing?
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    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:

    Everybody in Seattle

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    Your Seahawks would have a tough time with this bunch in their prime, which was two years ago. I’m just hoping the Vikes get healthy and continue to improve, but I have a feeling many of them would relish a chance to play Seattle again.

  30. WOW ….. the Vikings are terrible @ this terrible @ that…..”STATISTICS are for LOSERS”…… as a FAMOUS coach ( Bud Grant ) once said..! Its the score that counts & its a team sport, “O”, “D”, SPECIAL TEAMS & INTANGIBLES ….! No one thinks about SPECIAL TEAMS …. well Bud Grant did, and all he did was WIN…!

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