There is a lot of excitement surrounding Kyle Rudolph and the role he will play with the Vikings this year. With new offensive coordinator Norv Turner hired by the Minnesota Vikings this year, Rudolph could be poised for a massive year as a receiver in 2015.
The reason why the new offensive system is a benefit to Kyle Rudolph is simple: Turner loves getting the ball in the hands of tight ends.
If you look at the history of Norv Turner’s offenses, he’s made stars out of guys like Antonio Gates, Randy McMichael, and Jordan Cameron. Turner has a lot to work with Kyle Rudolph, who is a 6’6″ former basketball player. His size alone creates mismatches, but when add in creative playcalling and a focus on getting the ball in his hands, it makes things even more dangerous at the tight end position for the Vikings.
Norv Turner put together a welcome video of sorts for Minnesota Vikings players to introduce them to a lot of his offensive principles and ideas. One of the most featured concepts of the video was his ability to get the ball in the hands of star tight ends and that was something that Kyle Rudolph took immediate notice of.
There was a great quote from Kyle Rudolph in an article by Tom Pelissero of USA Today. Here is what was written:
“Some guys have that unique ability to have the feel for a game and dial up huge plays. I really noticed watching a lot of Cleveland Browns tape last year, when you’re watching the course of the game, you can see that with Norv. He has such a great feel for dialing up plays at the right time, and I feel like he will really do a great job of making sure the ball’s in the hands of our guys on the outside. We’re going to throw it around.”
This should be a breakout year for the 4th year tight end entering the final year of his rookie contract. Personally, I want the Vikings to extend Rudolph’s contract before this season so that they can lock him down at a reasonable price for a long time before they have to pay him top TE money if he dominates this year.