Kyle Rudolph raves about Garrett Bradbury

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The Vikings have plenty of quality veterans on the roster. But it’s a new player who caught the attention of offensive captain Kyle Rudolph during offseason workouts.

Asked during a Wednesday visit to #PFTPM to identify a teammate whose performance stood out during the offseason program, the ninth-year tight end went with a first-year player, Garrett Bradbury.

“I’d have to go with our rookie center,” Rudolph said. “Any time you draft a guy in the first round obviously there’s expectations for them to come in and contribute to your football team and help your team win. Garrett’s come in and he’s a phenomenal young guy. He’s really, really intelligent. But he’s a great athlete and he fits our scheme perfectly. Going up against guys like [defensive tackle] Linval Joseph is a pretty good barometer of how you’ll match up in this league and he’s more than held his own.”

That’s good news for a Vikings team that struggled last year due in large part to the struggles of its offensive line. The offensive line struggled in large part due to the sudden passing of offensive line coach Tony Sparano not long before training camp opened.

“It was an awful situation, and it was extremely difficult,” Rudolph said. “It hit a lot of people extremely closely on our team throughout that early part of August. I feel like Andrew Janocko, our assistant offensive line coach, Clancy Barone who was our tight ends coach and moved over to offensive line, they did an unbelievable job in an extremely tough circumstance. Anytime you have to shuffle around in early August, that doesn’t set you up for much success. We moved Todd Downing over to the tight ends room who was an assistant wide receivers coach and kind of an offensive advisor.

“None of us had worked together. We were all with different people in OTAs and minicamp and then the first day of training camp we show up and we’ve got a bunch of new coaches in new spots. Our coaching staff did an unbelievable job preparing us last year. Unfortunately, we did not go out on offense an execute. We weren’t very good on third down. We probably didn’t score as many touchdowns in the red zone as we probably should have. When you don’t do those two areas of football very well it’s not going to result to very many wins.”

Despite the adversity, the Vikings still went 8-7-1. With less adversity and a better offensive line in 2019, the Vikings could end up much better than that.

25 responses to “Kyle Rudolph raves about Garrett Bradbury

  1. Just like GOT, it’s all going to happen in the North this year. The first two weeks of the season are going to be very important. Would love to see the Pack run away with it but I think MN, Chi, and GB will be fighting it out right to the end.

  2. Yikes I think the vike’s might run away with it again this year. Not too optimistic about Rogers in the new coach’s offense. Seems like the infighting alreatty started. Again. Ugh

  3. I’ve been terrified for years that the Vikings would hire some offensive coaches since Zimmer was severely lacking on that side of the ball. Now that they have, they’re going to be nearly impossible to beat. Well, for us, they were already nearly impossible to beat since we only managed one win over our last seven games against them.

  4. stellarperformance:
    9-7
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    I think you meant to post that on a Packers article 🙂. Have a happy Fourth of July & be safe.

  5. bergumbrokers says:
    July 4, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Well, for us, they were already nearly impossible to beat since we only managed one win over our last seven games against them.

    +++++

    Cheer up Pal, never heard of your Brokers but any semi-pro squad that can beat an NFL team even once, props.

  6. As long as Aaron Rogers stays healthy the packers are a hard team to beat. He’s that good if he gets hurt again the packers will suck. The Packers are going to struggle against Chicago and Minnesota two great defensives

  7. Bradberry is as advertised. NC State is quietly stocking the NFL with quality offensive and defensive linemen. Last year the entire DL was drafted, headed by Bradley Chubb. This year Bradberry is the stand out.

    State is taking 3* players and making them 1st rd picks. They’ve also got 5 QBs in the league: Rivers, Wilson, Glennon, Brisett and Finley.

    Too bad they’re forever chasing Clemson.(like everybody else)

  8. Remember when Vikings players, coaches, and fans were saying Matt Kalil was the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ?😄

    You can pray Bradbury has a good season, maybe he will, the problem is that one rookie center isn’t going to fix that horrible OL. If you are going to mention Josh Kline, you may not want to, PFF had Josh Kline as one of the most lowly ranked guards in the NFL last season. Good luck with that.

    See you Sept.15th Barney. Should be fun.😅😂🤣

    #OneNationOneTeam

    #PackerNation!🏈

    #Happy4th🇺🇸✌

  9. Bradbury also has being the added bonus of being literate. A score below 10 on the Wonderlic indicates an illiterate. Gary should fit right in with the average Pack fan!

  10. Yes, Kalil was a one year wonder, great rookie season then downhill from there. Not like GB exactly ripped up the drafts around that time – how about these awesome first rounders – Derrick Sharrod (out of the league), Nick Perry (currently not on a roster), Datone Jones (6th team since 2013), Ha Ha (traded away last year on 3rd team since October), Damarious Randall (forced his way out of GB traded for a QB with the worst win percentage in the history of the NFL).
    Might want to worry about your own team.

  11. RMoss84HOF says:
    July 4, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Bradbury also has being the added bonus of being literate.

    +++++

    Being literate. A bonus when commenting, try it.

  12. RMoss84HOF says:
    July 5, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Yes, Kalil was a one year wonder, great rookie season then downhill from there. Not like GB exactly ripped up the drafts around that time

    +++++

    Kalil was picked #4 overall. All the Packers you cited were picked after #21. Mostly disappointments, but not quite as bad as whiffing at #4. And Mandarich was worse.

  13. pkrlvr says:
    July 4, 2019 at 10:38 am
    Just like GOT, it’s all going to happen in the North this year. The first two weeks of the season are going to be very important. Would love to see the Pack run away with it but I think MN, Chi, and GB will be fighting it out right to the end.
    ———————————

    How delusional does one have to be to think they can slug it out with the Bears and the Vikings when the Packers haven’t beat the Vikings or the Lions in the last two years and can’t win a road game that matters?

  14. How delusional does one have to be to think they can slug it out with the Bears and the Vikings?

    +++++

    The Vikings – with a playoff spot on the line Week 17 at HOME – LOST by 2 td’s to a Bears team with nothing to play for.

    The Vikings are slugging it out with the Bears?

  15. Can’t wait until week 2. Vikings have a change in their OL & offensive coaching. Packers have a change in their defense & coaching. Both teams hopefully won’t be affected by injuries. (Example: Vikings OL nor Rodgers). May the best team win.

  16. Rashan Gary has dyslexia.

    Do you understand that dyslexia does not affect a persons general intelligence? It will affect a test like the Wonderlic.

    Gary was a 2-time Academic All-American while at Michigan.

    Do some research and learn something for once before you comment here with the adults.

  17. So the research shows that Tebow also has dyslexia and scored a 22, Lawrence GUy a 17. Hmmm doesn’t support that idea of yours. Please tell me your not naïve enough not to realize that some “student” athletes get put in extremely easy classes and are given a grade to keep them on the field. That may have happened for Gary in his extremely difficult field of “general studies”.

    Also adult don’t use hash tags and emojis.

  18. Some players with learning disabilities are allowed to request a untimed accomodation for taking the Wonderlic. This obviously helped the scores of those that did. I don’t know Gary’s reasons for not, nor do I care what they are. I do not have any issue with him having dyslexia nor do I care what his Wonderlic score was. You brought it up.

    If a student athlete is tutored to help him get good enough grades to stay on the field that is one thing. No player gets a to be a Academic All-American by this process. Nice try though little one.

    You can continue to try to make fun of people with disabilities. That is on only you. It is a common act of those who are crying out for help to try and draw attention to themselves by trying to cut down others.

    I do hope you someday finally find the help you need.

  19. You realize the only reason it is brought up is the way you all laughed and joked about Griffen having his issues last year. Now that Gary has a cognitive issue its not funny at all. Weird how that works.

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