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Kyle Rudolph


#37 Tight End

49 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 10
Experience: 10 Yr(s)
Age: 32
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 258
40 Time: 0.00

Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Week 14
Rudolph caught two balls for 66 yards in the Week 14 loss to the Chargers. The big play of the day was his 60-yard catch and run up the sidelines to set up the first score for the Giants. It was the longest reception of Rudolph’s 11-year career. He otherwise provided very little for New York the rest of the way.
Week 8
Rudolph converted a 4th-and-goal situation for a TD in the 2nd quarter and finished the day with 2 catches for 12 yards. The TD came from the 1-yard line, as QB Daniel Jones rolled out and found the veteran for an easy score. The only other catch displayed the massive man slowly rumbling in the flats for an 11-yard gain.

Rudolph hasn’t had more than 2 receptions in a game this year, but he has seen 8 red-zone targets -- including 5 over just the past 3 games -- according to Pro Football Reference. That trails Sterling Shepard’s team lead by just 1 and places Rudolph 5 ahead of any other teammate. His 5 targets inside the 10-yard line lead the team.

That’s not enough to make him fantasy relevant in most formats, but another Evan Engram injury could make Rudolph a sneaky option for deep leagues.
Week 2
Rudolph caught 2 balls for 24 yards in the Week 2 loss to Washington Thursday night. Rudolph’s first catch came on the opening drive and it looked like QB Daniel Jones was going to go to him more that he did the previous week, but Rudolph’s production dropped off a cliff and was irrelevant the rest of the way. Now with Evan Engram set to return soon, Rudolph will be off the deep-league radar.
Week 1
Rudolph struggled to get anything going in the Giants loss Week 1, totaling just 8 yards on 2 receptions. He was targeted 5 times in the game — good enough for 4th on the team in looks. Things will have to get much better in the passing game for us to think Rudolph will make any impact this year.
Rudolph was brought in to push TE Evan Engram, but he is also a much better blocker than anyone the Giants had last year. Rudolph will certainly see his fair share of plays out there, but it remains to be seen as to how big his role will become throughout the season. He should be avoided for Week 2 as the Giants head to Washington for a Thursday night matchup.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • The Giants gave Rudolph a 2-year contract worth $12 million in total, with $4.5 million guaranteed and $7 million in 2021 money.
  • Rudolph in Minnesota got deployed differently than Evan Engram with the Giants. Rudolph played 85% of his 2019 snaps inline, and then 88% last season. Engram, on the other hand, played a career-high 46% in the slot last year and 13.4% out wide. He spent just 38.8% inline.
  • The Giants ranked middle of the league in run-pass split last year, their 1st under OC Jason Garrett. That marked the 1st time since 2014 the Giants dipped below 60% pass. In 14 seasons as an NFL OC or HC, Garrett has had just 2 offenses crack 60% pass.
  • The 2020 Giants had Engram play 82.6% of offensive snaps, #2 TE Kaden Smith play 44.7% (in 15 games) and #3 TE Levine Toilolo play 27.2%. Garrett’s last Dallas team had #1 TE Jason Witten play 75.4% of snaps and #2 TE Blake Jarwin 38.7%.
  • Rudolph found out he needed foot surgery shortly after signing but expects to be ready before the season. That situation will bear watching through the summer.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Rudolph and Evan Engram wouldn’t seem to fit the playing time splits that we saw from the top 2 TEs in Jason Garrett’s past 2 offenses, but we’ll have to see what summer reveals. Rudolph’s contract does not suggest a small role. He and Engram bring very different play styles, though. Are the Giants headed for more 2-TE sets? Do they want a lead TE who will block better for an offense looking to run the ball more than 40% of the time? Rudolph will probably need an Engram injury to reach fantasy relevance. We’ll see whether Rudolph’s foot rehab delays his impact on Engram.

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Giants TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) has been activated from the PUP list and will return to practice, the team announced. Rudolph had foot surgery shortly after signing with the G-Men in March and had been sidelined since. The 31-year-old caught just 28 balls in 12 games for the Vikings last year. But the Giants surprisingly gave him a 2-year, $12 million deal. We'll see exactly how Rudolph factors into the team's plans.

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Giants TE Kyle Rudolph is opening training camp on the active/PUP list. That's not surprising, given that the veteran TE had foot surgery shortly after signing with the team. He can be activated at any point during camp. If Rudolph remains on the list until the final roster cutdown, he'd be eligible for the regular-season PUP. That would require him to miss 6 games. We'll keep an eye on Rudolph's status, mostly for the sake of Evan Engram's snap/target competition.

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Giants team doctors are concerned with 1 of TE Kyle Rudolph's feet and believe he needs surgery, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Rudolph missed the final 4 games of last season with a foot injury, but we never got any details on it. He agreed to -- but didn't sign -- a 2-year, $14 million deal with New York last week, but that's now hanging in the balance. We'll see where this goes, but Rudolph is no better than a late-round flier in fantasy drafts right now.

Update: Rudolph has officially signed his contract with the Giants. It's unclear if he'll need surgery on that foot.

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The Giants signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a 2-year, $14 million deal, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Rudolph was dumped by the Vikings earlier this month in what was largely a salary-saving move. Rudolph is 31 now but still ranked 21st among 43 qualifying TEs in yards per route run and received strong blocking grades from Pro Football Focus last year. He's unlikely to be a fantasy factor in New York but could be a drain on TE Evan Engram's production.

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The Vikings are set to release TE Kyle Rudolph, NFL Network reports. Rudolph remained useful last year, ranking 21st among 43 qualifying TEs in yards per route run and garnering strong blocking grades from Pro Football Focus. But he turned 31 in November and was set to count over $9 million against the 2021 salary cap. We'll see where Rudolph lands on the open market. Meanwhile in Minnesota, it's wheels up for TE Irv Smith, who's had a promising start to his pro career sharing the field with Rudolph. With Rudolph out for the final 4 games of this past season, Smith ranked 4th among TEs in PPR points.

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