Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/10/13
Coach Leslie Frazier has the big picture in mind when talking about Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph. After a rookie season that resulted in a Pro-Bowl berth, Rudolph is on the proverbial cusp of putting his name with the best if he can improve on his 2012 performance. The departure of Percy Harvin makes Rudolph even more valuable in 2013. If the receiving corps can drive the safeties back, Rudolph will find room to operate. In 2012 Rudolph was targeted 93 times and totaled 53 receptions averaging 9.3 yards per reception. Rudolph finished the year with 493 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Rudolph is primed to become a bigger factor in the Vikings offense and paired with fellow veteran tight end John Carlson should be a very productive duo. As for Frazier, he’s trying to hold back his excitement about the opportunity Rudolph has to show the NFL he’s a premier tight end. “I try not to get too far ahead of myself, but the Kyle Rudolph that I see now is so much more confident and surer of himself than the Kyle I saw a year ago at this time,” Frazier said, via Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com. “It’s like night and day to me, personally. I’m anxious to see how he does when we get to training camp from a blocking standpoint, but that Pro Bowl, it’s flipped the switch. He knows he has a chance to be a premier tight end in this league after what he did over there being MVP and it’s evident by the way he’s practicing, the way he runs his routes, the control he has in the meetings.”  
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