Minnesota Vikings: 3 Reasons Kyle Rudolph Is the Offensive X-Factor

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Rudolph Is Ready to Break Out for Good

Much has been said about Minnesota’s musical chairs with the quarterback position, but they finally found what they believe to be the long-term solution. Additionally, as much as Cousins will love having Rudolph, Rudolph is going to love having a quarterback of Kirk’s caliber playing for the purple and gold.

In the last three seasons, Rudolph has received passes from Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford, and Case Keenum all to varying degrees of success. Playing with a rookie Teddy Bridgewater, Rudolph caught 49 passes for 4 touchdowns. With Bradford though, Rudolph had a career-best season statistically speaking. He reeled in 83 catches for 840 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Playing under his third quarterback, Case Keenum, Rudolph saw a slight regression. While Keenum was enjoying a career breakout season, his best connection was not with Rudolph. Rudolph’s statistics fell as a result with 25 less catches and 300 less yards from a season ago.

With Cousins locked up for the foreseeable future, Rudolph can finally form that much-needed chemistry with his quarterback. Moreover, there is no doubt in my mind that if Cousins and Rudolph can get on the same page quick, we might see an even better year than in 2016.

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