Master Tesfatsion of the Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote Friday that Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph "should have a big year" under offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Rudolph was on his way to setting some career-highs last year before a broken foot took him down for the final eight games. But Rudolph's foot is healthy, he has lost some weight in an effort to make himself quicker, and "all signs point to [Rudolph] elevating his game" this season, Tesfatsion said. Tight ends such as Jordan Cameron and Antonio Gates have done just that with Turner's coaching.
Double Rudolph's numbers from last year's half-season, and you get 60 catches for 626 yards and six touchdowns. That should be a considered a low-end projection for Rudolph in an offense that will clearly utilize him more and more effectively. You just know that Norval will work his magic with another tight end here; the hope is Matt Cassel or Teddy Bridgewater doesn't sabotage his best-laid plans.
For all of the buzz Rudolph has received since Turner's hiring, he remains a nice draft value as a mid-round pick, the No. 10 TE off the board on average.