Kyle Rudolph Could Emerge as Best Tight End in NFL in 2013

By Devin O'Barr
Kyle Rudolph comes out of the tunnel
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Nine times out of 10, whenever the Minnesota Vikings‘ offensive attack is mentioned, the first player to come to mind is Adrian Peterson. Surely, the NFL‘s leading rusher deserves some praise, but a certain Vikings tight end wants a share of that spotlight.

Kyle Rudolph is the reigning 2013 Pro Bowl MVP, but that isn’t the only hardware that he is looking for.

With only three divisional titles since the new millennium began, the folks in Minnesota are getting restless waiting for another winner. Behind the leadership of Leslie Frazier the organization is moving in the right direction. The Vikings’ head coach knows Rudolph is a huge part of the club’s future, saying  Rudolph “knows he has a chance to be a premier tight end in this league,” when talking about last year’s break out tight end and his confidence.

Unable to sneak up on defenses this year, Rudolph’s biggest challenge will be to take a bigger load now that Percy Harvin is a member of the Seattle Seahawks. Harvin led the team in receptions and yards last season with Rudolph placing second in both categories. Obviously, the tight end will have some help with Greg Jennings now in the lineup on a weekly basis — the ex-Green Bay Packers weapon will also provide Rudolph with some expertise in running correct routes.

All in all, the Vikings’ offense isn’t moving a yard this season if Christian Ponder doesn’t have a security blanket, meaning Rudolph must be the go-to guy for Ponder in 2013. Minnesota has all of the bells and whistles, but this is a classic example of a team that desperately needs its younger prospects to mature into professional terrors.

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