Kyle Rudolph

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tight End #82
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tight End #82

Kyle Rudolph News

Healthy scratch Sunday

Rudolph (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against Kansas City.

Analysis: Rudolph was active for the first time this year during last week's loss to the Packers, and he secured his lone target for 12 yards. However, he'll be held out in Week 4 since Cade Otton is back in action.

Oct 2, 2022 4:04 PM EST

One catch in season debut

Rudolph brought in his only target for 12 yards in the Buccaneers' 14-12 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran tight end was active for the first time this season with rookie Cade Otton (personal) out of action, and he was able to make good use of the one pass thrown his way. Rudolph logged only nine snaps overall despite the Buccaneers being short-handed at tight end, and he's likely to revert to inactive status as early as Week 4 if Otton is back with the team for the home showdown against the Chiefs.

Sep 26, 2022 9:13 PM EST

Inactive for Week 1

Rudolph is inactive for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: With Rudolph not in uniform for the Buccaneers' season opener, Cameron Brate, Cade Otton and Ko Kieft are in line to handle the team's Week 1 tight end duties.

Sep 11, 2022 4:03 PM EST

Makes preseason debut Saturday

Rudolph brought in one of three targets for three yards in the Buccaneers' 13-3 preseason loss to the Titans on Saturday night.

Analysis: The veteran tight end got his feet wet in the Buccaneers offense for the first time and logged targets in both the second and fourth drives of the game. Rudolph and Cameron Brate will likely serve as co-No.1 options at tight end to open the season, although rookie Cade Otton could potentially eat into both of their snaps as the season unfolds.

Aug 20, 2022 8:22 PM EST

Lands with Bucs

Rudolph signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Buccaneers lost O.J. Howard and Rob Gronkowski -- at least for the time being -- from their tight end depth chart this offseason. While they added Cade Otten and Ko Kleft in the 2022 NFL Draft, the signing of Rudolph will give the team another veteran option to pair with Cameron Brate. Even with the benefit of having Tom Brady as his quarterback, Rudolph isn't likely to return to his form when he was a member Vikings, though he still proved to be a decent red zone threat by accruing nine red zone targets with the Giants in 2021.

Jul 20, 2022 7:42 PM EST

Drawing interest from several teams

Rudolph has received interest in free agency from various teams, including Tampa Bay and his former team Minnesota, and a deal could come together sometime before training camp in late July Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: Rudolph has been on the free-agency market since his release from the Giants in March. The two-time Pro Bowler just one season in New York, collecting 26 catches on 39 targets for 257 yards and one touchdown over 16 games in 2022. Though Rudolph is beyond his prime production years, he could still serve as a reliable veteran for teams in need of depth at tight end.

Jul 14, 2022 3:06 PM EST

Officially let go by the Giants

The Giants cut Rudolph on Wednesday.

Analysis: As expected, Rudolph will be let go to free up roughly $5 million in cap space, per Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. He made 16 appearances during his first season in New York and caught 26 of 39 targets for 257 yards and one touchdown. The 32-year-old -- who has no plans to retire, per Adam Schefter of ESPN -- will likely generate interest from teams in search of tight end depth during the next couple of weeks.

Mar 2, 2022 11:42 AM EST

Says goodbye to Giants

Rudolph posted an apparent farewell message to the Giants via his official Twitter account Wednesday.

Analysis: Rudolph didn't explicitly mention a release, but his goodbye and thank you message appears to point in that direction. The veteran tight end being cut would free up roughly $5 million in cap space for New York, with $2.4 million in dead money, per Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, who also reports a league source concurring Rudolph's coming release. It shouldn't be long before the Giants make the situation official.

Mar 2, 2022 7:51 AM EST

Modest year

Rudolph caught 26 of his 39 targets for 257 yards and one touchdown in 2021.

Analysis: He's under contract for another year, so he'll probably reprise a similar role. Evan Engram is likely to be gone, but chances are the Giants draft and/or sign a more dynamic tight end.

Jan 11, 2022 1:08 AM EST

Will be available Sunday

Rudolph (ankle) doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Sunday's matchup with Washington, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Rudolph will be available for the final week of the regular season, but his presence likely won't impact the Giants' offense. On the season, he's totaled 22 catches for 240 yards and one score, but he's only recorded one catch for nine yards across his last three games.

Jan 7, 2022 12:47 PM EST

Limited Thursday

Rudolph (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice session, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Rudolph was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimation and was still bothered by his ankle injury Thursday. If he hopes to avoid the injury report for Sunday's Week 18 matchup against Washington, he'll likely have to practice in a full capacity Friday.

Jan 6, 2022 12:07 PM EST

Listed as limited participant

Rudolph (ankle) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice estimation, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Rudolph played through an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Bears and failed to haul in his lone target. He's apparently still bothered by the issue ahead of Week 18, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him remain available as long as he can practice in some capacity Thursday and Friday.

Jan 5, 2022 12:19 PM EST

Can't catch lone target

Rudolph failed to catch his only target in Sunday's 29-3 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: Rudolph played 26 snaps (46 percent) -- in line with most of his recent healthy games -- indicating he's at least mostly past the ankle injury that limited him in practice leading up to the game. Still, the 32-year-old has drawn more than two targets in a game just once since the Giants' Week 10 bye.

Jan 3, 2022 11:06 AM EST

Logs limited practice Thursday

Rudolph (ankle) was limited at Thursday's practice, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Rudolph's absence Wednesday likely was maintenance related as he tends to an ankle injury. Assuming he puts in at least a capped session Friday, there's a good chance he avoids a designation ahead of Sunday's game at Chicago, like he did last week. Still, Rudolph's production has been sporadic this season en route to a 22-240-1 line on 32 targets in 14 appearances.

Dec 30, 2021 11:50 AM EST

Didn't practice Wednesday

Rudolph (ankle) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Rudolph was limited with an ankle injury during two practices ahead of Week 16, but the veteran tight end was still able to suit up and play 17 offensive snaps. If Rudolph doesn't progress to at least a limited participant at Thursday's practice, then there's a good chance he won't be available for Week 17.

Dec 29, 2021 10:13 AM EST

Held catchless in loss

Rudolph failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 34-10 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Rudolph played on just 17 of the Giants' 76 offensive snaps Sunday and was a complete non-factor in the loss. The veteran tight end is having a quiet year, and this is likely to continue with limited opportunities and shaky quarterback play going forward. Rudolph will remain far off the fantasy radar heading into a Week 17 matchup against the Bears.

Dec 27, 2021 12:05 PM EST

No designation for Sunday

Rudolph (ankle) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Despite being limited by an ankle issue in practice Wednesday through Friday, Rudolph is ready to for Week 16 action. He doesn't garner much more than a few targets per game, but he could be a bit more involved Sunday on a Giants squad with three tight ends and potentially six wide receivers unavailable to the offense.

Dec 24, 2021 1:31 PM EST

Limited again Thursday

Rudolph (ankle) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The 32-year-old left the Giants' Week 15 loss to the Cowboys a little worse for wear and has opened the week with two consecutive limited practices. Rudolph still has one more practice Friday to prove his health ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Eagles.

Dec 23, 2021 11:58 AM EST

Limited to start week

Rudolph (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Rudolph only had one target during Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, which he secured for nine yards. The veteran tight end will have two more opportunities to upgrade his activity level at practice ahead of Week 16's divisional matchup in Philadelphia.

Dec 22, 2021 9:39 AM EST

Quiet in loss

Rudolph caught his lone target for 9 yards in Sunday's 21-6 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Rudolph played on just 43 percent of the Giants' offensive snaps in the contest. The veteran tight end does not see enough opportunity in a struggling offense to be considered anywhere near the fantasy radar.

Dec 22, 2021 8:07 AM EST

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