Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph enjoying being involved in the red zone again
During the Minnesota Vikings 28-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, tight end Kyle Rudolph was utilized early and often in the red zone. He caught two touchdown passes in the game, including one that came on an incredible one-handed grab.
According to Rudolph, it was great to get back into the end zone, especially for someone who has been utilized more as a blocker in recent games.
Speaking to the media (via Pro Football Talk) following the game, Rudolph was asked about how he fits into the offense going into the game, especially with the Vikings suffering some injuries along with their receiving corps. For most of the year, he’s been asked to help block and lead the way for guys like Dalvin Cook to shine, but recently he’s been thrust back into the offense, and he said it was good to be trusted.
“It’s big. It’s what I’ve done my whole career,” he said. “It’s what I made a name doing. So, it was good to be back involved. Kirk showed a lot of trust in me. Both of those throws were in traffic. That’s what we’ve been working on, that trust throwing balls up in traffic and I just go get them.”
Rudolph’s 2019 stats aren’t that eye-popping, as he’s only hauled in 24 receptions for 184 yards. However, he’s scored four touchdowns on the year, three of which came in the last two weeks, which shows that as guys like Adam Thielen go down, the Vikings are perfectly comfortable turning to Rudolph in pressure situations. Thankfully for them, Rudolph has proven to be able to deliver.