Kirk Cousins likes throwing the ball to Kyle Rudolph

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Given the extent to which former Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins threw the ball to tight ends, his new tight ends in Minnesota should have his head on swivel.

In a video posted by the Vikings with Cousins wired for sound, Cousins throws a pass to Rudolph.

Boy, he’s a friendly target,” Cousins says. “It’s like throwing into a mattress.”

Last year, Rudolph dipped from a career high 83 catches and 840 yards with 57 catches and 532 yards. Look for those numbers to go up in 2018, as Rudolph the mattress absorbs any and all pillows Cousins throws his way.

32 responses to “Kirk Cousins likes throwing the ball to Kyle Rudolph

  1. It would have been much more newsworthy had he said he does not like throwing to Rudolph.

  2. Kyle will probably be a top TE in fantasy football this year. If you look back at how Cousin’s plays, he throws to the TE A LOT! Rudolph should be excited.

  3. FlashPatterson says:

    May 30, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Ill believe it when i see it. We’ve been waiting for Rudolph to Gronk-out since year 2.

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    Kyle has disappointed a bit, but he has been a decent TE. He had a lot of touchdowns the last two season’s. He will never be a Gronk/Kelce Level thou. Gronk is probably the best TE to ever play in the NFL.

  4. We have been waiting a long time for the right QB to come along and fill that spot. Do we finally have him, time will tell. If I was calling the shots I’d be focusing on O line protection schemes, I believe it’s our biggest weakness. Without good protection we will go nowhere.

  5. FlashPatterson says:
    May 30, 2018 at 10:59 am
    Ill believe it when i see it. We’ve been waiting for Rudolph to Gronk-out since year 2.
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    Don’t tell me about TE troubles, I’ll settle for serviceable-option here in Green Bay.

  6. he’s going to love a healthy version of Jordan Reed. Reed was clearly his favorite target.

  7. When he doesn’t drop it and starts to run a defender will barely touch his foot and he goes down like a sack of Potatoes.

  8. Rudolph is a valuable TE with good hands, but admittedly moves at about the speed of a mattress.

  9. ajzinnecker says:
    May 30, 2018 at 10:44 am
    Kyle will probably be a top TE in fantasy football this year. If you look back at how Cousin’s plays, he throws to the TE A LOT! Rudolph should be excited.

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    As a Vikings fan and someone that had Rudolph on a lot of fantasy teams last year, I will say you should temper expectations. It has nothing to do with his ability, but TEs are typically TD or bust in fantasy, and the Vikings drafted a pass catching TE, and a T, both of which are former BB players that can catch the ball. For that reason, I see him losing out on some redzone shots.

  10. Ok so throwing to tight ends and running backs means a check down, I hope the throws to Rudy are designed plays, not check downs.. We had enough of those the past 7 years to choke a Horse..

  11. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    May 30, 2018 at 10:20 am
    Just waiting for someone to bring up Cousins’ poor record against winning teams, as if that means he’ll have a losing record playing on the best team he’s ever had.
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    Cousins had FAR superior offensive teams than MN in Washington and still fared average. Green Bay’s sparse D ate him up every time they faced him. As Packer fans – we enjoy this signing very much. I was way more worried to face Case as we couldn’t beat the guy. Cousins we cant lose to. But keep believing he is the 2nd coming of Joe Montana if you want. Fine by us Packer fans.

  12. cabosan1978 says:
    May 30, 2018 at 1:48 pm
    Green Bay’s sparse D ate him up every time they faced him.

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  13. @cabosan1978 that Green-bay defense really ate him up. As a starter he has faced GB twice. Cousins only manged to throw for over 700 yards and 5 throwing TD’sand 1 rushing TD.

  14. I thought Rudolph really upped his game last year, especially in the red zone. He was solid through the middle of the year when the Vikes were winning every week, Then he gets dinged late in the year against Cincinnati and the offense bogged considerably. THAT is classic Rudolph, who always has some kind of ankle from guys hitting him low. He’s like trying to tackle a tree.

    Very excited to see what Coach Flip draws up for Cousins and crew. If one more skill position threat is added (Treadwell?) the offense could be unstoppable.

  15. kingthielenscourt says:
    May 30, 2018 at 1:44 pm
    Ok so throwing to tight ends and running backs means a check down, I hope the throws to Rudy are designed plays, not check downs.. We had enough of those the past 7 years to choke a Horse..

    Throwing to tight ends and rbs hasn’t be a souly check down move for like 5 or 6 years now. Notice how tight ends aren’t lining up inline as much as they have in the past and instead they are in the slot. Rbs too for that matter. They aren’t check down options on most plays any more

  16. Cousins had FAR superior offensive teams than MN in Washington and still fared average. Green Bay’s sparse D ate him up every time they faced him. As Packer fans – we enjoy this signing very much. I was way more worried to face Case as we couldn’t beat the guy. Cousins we cant lose to. But keep believing he is the 2nd coming of Joe Montana if you want. Fine by us Packer fans

    What’s this guy talking about bahahahaha! Doesn’t cousins have like 2 starts against you guys with like 700 yards and a td to int ratio of like 5 to 1? I think i saw that when I looked up stats against north opponents for him when we signed him. So no your embarrassingly bad defense didn’t eat him up, and I bet GB fans wish you wouldn’t speak for them all when you say stupid stuff like That. Also you are delusional if you think cousins Washington offense was even remotely as good as the one Minnesota has. He had little to no weapons, no running game, and no defensive support to get him the ball in a decent situation. Minnesota has literally all of those things. Also don’t take such a condescending tone about the defending north champs who went 13-3 in a year you won 7 games and only beat out Chicago. You’re looking up at us and need to make a comeback before you start acting like you can make jokes like those about this team, cause as far as I can tell, we rolled you last year.

  17. cabosan1978 says:

    May 30, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    May 30, 2018 at 10:20 am
    Just waiting for someone to bring up Cousins’ poor record against winning teams, as if that means he’ll have a losing record playing on the best team he’s ever had.
    ———————————————
    Cousins had FAR superior offensive teams than MN in Washington and still fared average. Green Bay’s sparse D ate him up every time they faced him. As Packer fans – we enjoy this signing very much. I was way more worried to face Case as we couldn’t beat the guy. Cousins we cant lose to. But keep believing he is the 2nd coming of Joe Montana if you want. Fine by us Packer fans.

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    Cousin’s went for like 700+ yards against Green Bay in his games. He has played in two games against Green Bay. If I remember anything at all….Aaron Rodgers ate up the Redskins crappy defense…especially in Cousin’s one playoff game. So this statement is not accurate at all.

    In fact the last time the Packers even played the Redskins was 2016 and the Packers lost 42-24. lol

  18. Athans Sports Talk says:

    May 30, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    ajzinnecker says:
    May 30, 2018 at 10:44 am
    Kyle will probably be a top TE in fantasy football this year. If you look back at how Cousin’s plays, he throws to the TE A LOT! Rudolph should be excited.

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    As a Vikings fan and someone that had Rudolph on a lot of fantasy teams last year, I will say you should temper expectations. It has nothing to do with his ability, but TEs are typically TD or bust in fantasy, and the Vikings drafted a pass catching TE, and a T, both of which are former BB players that can catch the ball. For that reason, I see him losing out on some redzone shots.

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    I never draft TE’s high anyways. I see who is available round 10. If Rudoph was available at 10 I’d take him.

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