Kyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 26%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 1.8%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 0.5
Durability: question mark 5

Low Risk

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Kyle Rudolph Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

  • The Giants gave Rudolph a 2-year contract worth $12 million in total, with $4.5 million guaranteed and $7 million in 2021 money.
  • Rudolph in Minnesota got deployed differently than Evan Engram with the Giants. Rudolph played 85% of his 2019 snaps inline, and then 88% last season. Engram, on the other hand, played a career-high 46% in the slot last year and 13.4% out wide. He spent just 38.8% inline.
  • The Giants ranked middle of the league in run-pass split last year, their 1st under OC Jason Garrett. That marked the 1st time since 2014 the Giants dipped below 60% pass. In 14 seasons as an NFL OC or HC, Garrett has had just 2 offenses crack 60% pass.
  • The 2020 Giants had Engram play 82.6% of offensive snaps, #2 TE Kaden Smith play 44.7% (in 15 games) and #3 TE Levine Toilolo play 27.2%. Garrett’s last Dallas team had #1 TE Jason Witten play 75.4% of snaps and #2 TE Blake Jarwin 38.7%.
  • Rudolph found out he needed foot surgery shortly after signing but expects to be ready before the season. That situation will bear watching through the summer.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Rudolph and Evan Engram wouldn’t seem to fit the playing time splits that we saw from the top 2 TEs in Jason Garrett’s past 2 offenses, but we’ll have to see what summer reveals. Rudolph’s contract does not suggest a small role. He and Engram bring very different play styles, though. Are the Giants headed for more 2-TE sets? Do they want a lead TE who will block better for an offense looking to run the ball more than 40% of the time? Rudolph will probably need an Engram injury to reach fantasy relevance. We’ll see whether Rudolph’s foot rehab delays his impact on Engram.

Kyle Rudolph Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Dec 10, 2017 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Rudolph suffered a right ankle sprain that limited his playing time in ensuing weeks but didn't cost him any games. He had surgery on the ankle after the season.
Oct 3, 2016 NFL Chest Rib Sprain/Pull Unspecified Rudolph suffered a reported "clavicle/ribs" injury that cost him practice time but no games.
Dec 14, 2014 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Rudolph suffered an unspecified ankle injury to go with a simultaneous knee injury. He was listed with both as he missed Week 16.
Dec 14, 2014 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Rudolph was listed with unspecified knee and ankle injuries and missed 1 game. It's not clear whether either injury cost him time over the other.
Sep 21, 2014 NFL Inguinal Groin Sports Hernia Rudolph tore a muscle in his groin in Week 3 and required surgery to fix his sports hernia injury. He missed the next 6 games and a Bye Week.
Nov 3, 2013 NFL Pedal Foot Fracture Rudolph fractured his left foot in the 3rd quarter vs. the Cowboys. He missed the remainder of the game as well as the following 8 games.
Nov 25, 2012 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Rudolph suffered a concussion in Week 12 action against the Bears. He returned the next week.
Aug 17, 2012 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Rudolph suffered a concussion in the 1st half of a preseason game. Although he missed the rest of the game, he did not miss any other games.
Nov 20, 2011 NFL Leg Quad Bruise Rudolph suffered a deep quad bruise against the Raiders. He sat out the next game as a result.
Oct 9, 2010 Non-NFL Thigh Hamstring Tear Grade 3 While at Notre Dame, Rudolph tore his right hamstring from the bone and needed season-ending surgery. He had been dealing with hamstring issues since preseason.
Nov 7, 2009 Non-NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Separation Rudolph suffered a left shoulder injury while at Notre Dame. He missed the following three games.