One position battle to watch for each team in the NFC North in 2020

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
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Minnesota Vikings – Tight End

Consistent tight ends often go unappreciated. Unless the tight end is putting up monster numbers like Travis Kelce or George Kittle, sometimes the tight ends value gets lost. However, a good tight end can boost the offenses efficiency in the red-zone and help the run game by stabilizing the edge and giving the offense another big body that can block edge rushers and linebackers.

While two tight end formations are common, usually one of those tight ends serves more of a blocking role. Minnesota has become more and more committed to their running game as of late. However, trading Stefon Diggs just opens up more opportunities for others to shine in the passing game.

The Vikings have two solid tight ends in Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith who is coming off his rookie season. Kyle Rudolph has been the primary tight end for the Vikings for what seems like forever. However, Smith does bring a bit more speed and adds more flexibility to the passing attack.

Despite the difference in speed, Kyle Rudolph is a much bigger player than Smith. As you can see both players have their strengths and weaknesses. It will be interesting to see who comes out the starting tight end in week one.