Kyle Rudolph makes a shocking statement related to Kirk Cousins

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Kyle Rudolph
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Kyle Rudolph /

Former Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph believes that Daniel Jones of the New York Giants is the best quarterback he’s ever played with.

After parting with the Minnesota Vikings in 2021, Kyle Rudolph was hoping to get back to being an important piece of an offense in his first season with the New York Giants.

However, the 2021 campaign with the Giants hasn’t gone very well for Rudolph as he’s only managed to catch 22 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown despite appearing in 15 games.

With a 2022 cap hit of more than $7 million, it’s very believable that the former Vikings tight end could be done in New York after just one season.

Did New York Giants TE Kyle Rudolph take a shot at Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins?

On Tuesday, Rudolph appeared on the WFAN radio show “Tiki & Tierney” and he was asked if Daniel Jones of the Giants is more talented than any of the quarterbacks he played with during his time in Minnesota. The former Vikings tight end provided a bit of a shocking answer.

"“Absolutely, I’ve said that since Day 1. [Jones is] is certainly the most talented guy I’ve ever played with.”"

Rudolph went on to mention “a healthy Sam Bradford,” as someone else as he regards as one of the best signal-callers he’s played with during his NFL career. However, there was no mention of current Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins.

It’s a little shocking since it seemed like Cousins and Rudolph and pretty good working relationship, at least from the outside, and they were able to connect well out on the playing field as well.

Whether it’s just Rudolph being a savvy veteran player and trying to boost Jones’ confidence or something else, it’s incredibly interesting that there was not a single mention of Cousins in his answer.

But this isn’t the first time the former Vikings tight end has taken a bit of an under-the-radar shot at Cousins either.

After Minnesota let him go last year, Rudolph published an article for The Players’ Tribune in which he reflected on his time with the Vikings. He talked about his relationships with guys like Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater, and even Matt Cassel. However, once again, there was no mention of Cousins.

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Some might have interpreted that as just a coincidence. But Rudolph’s comments on Tuesday make it seem more like he wasn’t the biggest fan of Cousins during their time together in Minnesota.