Kyle Rudolph has some of the surest hands in the NFL, with a 6-foot-6, 260-pound frame fit for the type of tight end who can be one of his team’s best passing targets. As long as he plays for the Minnesota Vikings, though, his potential is probably not on track to become the next Tony Gonzalez. No matter how much ability Rudolph has as a receiver, run blocking must be an equally important part of his skill set. “There aren’t very many guys in our game anymore who are doing the run blocking and the pass catching,” Rudolph said.
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The Minnesota Vikings are in off-season mode or a few more weeks, so it’s a good time to catch up with Kyle Rudolph, a tight end who’s blossoming before our eyes. Rudolph’s becoming a favorite target of Christian Ponder, and a player who looks like the future is bright. He’s also coming in to training camp with the confidence of a veteran.
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Kyle Rudolph wanted to learn everything he could about the tight end position during the offseason, so he watched video of 12-time Pro Bowl pick and Atlanta Falcons stalwart Tony Gonzalez.