Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 6/14/12
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The sight of Kyle Rudolph all 6-foot-6, 258 pounds of him split out wide in the Minnesota Vikings' offense is striking, a stark contrast to the slighter receivers typically lined up in the same area.Rudolph, the team's second-round pick in 2011, has found himself in the spot often during organized team activities the past three weeks. It's also a spot he can see himself growing in and joining the likes of the elite tight ends in the NFL. Teams around the league have witnessed increased production and versatility from tight ends such as New England's Rob Gronkowski and New Orleans' Jimmy Graham. Within the Vikings' division, Green Bay's Jermicheal Finley and Detroit's Brandon Pettigrew are in the same mold. The growing trend has been using tight ends all over the field to dictate matchups and mismatches.Rudolph is hoping he can do the same in Minnesota's offense."Definitely," Rudolph said this week at OTAs. "It's a copycat league. Teams that are having success,...
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