Kyle Rudolph 's career high in catches and yards are 53 and 493, respectively. He posted those totals in 2012, and they helped him reached the Pro Bowl. But now Norv Turner is his offensive coordinator, a man who has overseen many ight ends put up much better numbers for more than 20 years. So, Rudolph is brushing up on his NFL history.
Rudolph said recently he has been watching tape of Jordan Cameron, Antonio Gates, and former Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek to prepare for the season. All were coached by Turner and had standout years with his tutelage.
"Some guys have that unique ability to have the feel for a game and dial up huge plays," Rudolph said. "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."
Rudolph also said he has dropped 15 pounds, from 275 to 260, and feels like he can run much smoother at his new weight.
Rudolph doesn't have the quickness of Cameron or Gates in his prime, but he is a fabulous red-zone target with sure hands. How consistent he will be in 2014 depends heavily upon how his quarterbacks perform, but Rudolph is a low-risk/high-upside selection at his current eighth-round ADP.