Kyle Rudolph

New York Giants
Tight End #82
New York Giants
Tight End #82
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Kyle Rudolph News

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

Paces the team in receiving

Rudolph caught both of his targets for 66 yards Sunday against the Chargers.

Analysis: His 60-yard catch, during which he carried several Chargers on his back for extra yards a la Mark Bavaro, set up the team's first touchdown. Still, he's only a bit player in this low-end passing game.

Dec 14, 2021 3:50 AM EST

Draws four targets in loss

Rudolph recorded two receptions for 18 yards on four targets Sunday in the Giants' 20-9 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: With two of their top receivers in Kadarius Toney (quadriceps/oblique) and Sterling Shepard (quadriceps) sitting out and with Kenny Golladay (ribs) checking out of the game for a spell, the Giants made frequent use of two-tight end sets Week 13, allowing Rudolph to see a fair amount of work behind the No. 1 option at the position, Evan Engram. Rudolph fell just one target shy of matching a season high, but his production was still rather hollow. He'll need to score a touchdown in most weeks to provide value, and since he's reached the end zone just once in his 11 appearances, he can't be counted on to do that with any regularity.

Dec 8, 2021 11:47 AM EST

Suiting up for Week 13

Rudolph (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Rudolph was questionable after logging limited practices Thursday and Friday. However, he'll return after a one-game absence to serve as the Giants' second tight end. Even so, Rudolph could see quite a bit of time on the field with Sterling Shepard (quadriceps) and Kadarius Toney (quadriceps) inactive.

Dec 5, 2021 9:00 AM EST

Questionable for Sunday

Rudolph (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Dolphins, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Rudolph was able to log back-to-back limited practices Thursday and Friday, which gives him a chance to return from a one-game absence Sunday. However, if he is inactive, then Chris Myarick could be in line for another turn as the No. 2 option at tight end behind Evan Engram, as Kaden Smith (knee) has already been ruled out.

Dec 3, 2021 11:40 AM EST

Upgrades to limited practice

Rudolph (ankle) practiced in limited fashion Thursday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: This is a step in the right direction for Rudolph, who missed Wednesday's practice after sitting out last week's win over Philadelphia due to this injury. He'll likely be listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Miami on Friday's injury report barring an unexpected improvement or setback.

Dec 2, 2021 12:23 PM EST

Does not practice Wednesday

Rudolph (ankle) missed practice Wednesday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Rudolph sat out the Giants' Week 12 win over the Eagles with the same injury, so missing any practice time leading up to Week 13 is worth monitoring. With fellow tight end Kaden Smith (knee) also dealing with an injury, Chris Myarick could be looking at a significant boost in opportunity Sunday.

Dec 1, 2021 12:58 PM EST

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