Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has become a good blocker, though not by choice

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Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has become a good blocker, though not by choice
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has become a good blocker, though not by choice

In his ninth year with the Vikings, the 2011 second-round draft pick is on pace for career lows in targets, receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. In six games this season, he has just nine catches on 11 targets for 72 yards and no touchdowns. It's a dramatic shift from where Rudolph was a year ago heading into Week 7, when he had caught 21 passes for 266 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and even from the final three games of last season after Kevin Stefanski took over as offensive coordinator, when Rudolph was targeted 17 times and caught 16 of them. It's a puzzling situation considering the Vikings added Gary Kubiak, who had a lengthy track record of productive tight ends in his system, to the coaching staff in the offseason.

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