TE Kyle Rudolph Added To NFC Pro Bowl Roster

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team, he will take over as an injury replacement for Tony Gonzalez of the Falcons.

The Vikings made the announcement Tuesday.

Rudolph was named to his first Pro Bowl. The second-year player out of Notre Dame recorded career-highs with nine touchdowns, 53 receptions and 493 receiving yards in 2012. His nine touchdowns were tied for first in the NFC for TDs by a tight end.

Rudolph becomes the first Vikings tight end to make the Pro Bowl since Byron Chamberlain in 2001. He is the sixth Viking selected for the 2012 Pro Bowl, joining Jared Allen, Jerome Felton, Chad Greenway, Adrian Peterson and Blair Walsh.

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2 Responses to “TE Kyle Rudolph Added To NFC Pro Bowl Roster”

  1. dynalee10 says:

    I dont think he had a Pro Bowl season but its all a popularity contest anyways . I would like to see him improve as a blocker and also YAC to go along with his great hands ” most of the time” . I definitely think Rudolph is Ponders security blanket and is a good TE.

  2. purplereign57 says:

    @dynalee10: I agree that Rudolph is Ponder’s security blanket…and that will eventually be terribly exploited by other teams in the near future. I also agree that Rudolph did not have a Pro Bowl season, but that he is a good TE. Also, they need to definitely dump Carlson. They paid him WAY TOO MUCH MONEY! To me, he showed nothing in the way of talent, blocking, or the ability to catch the ball. I have been ridiculed by a lot of people for saying this, but I think that instead of wide receiver in the first round, and because I think that there will be wide receivers to pick from in the second round, that we need secondary help desperately. In the wild card game against the Packers, (and plenty of other instances), EVERY pass that Rodgers threw was caught by his receivers. Minnesota, IMO, just does not have the elite secondary to compete enough to go very deep into the playoffs. I know we also have holes at WR, MLB, OL, and DT, and we do need to address those issues very quickly. Defense wins ball games, and in this pass happy league, I believe the secondary has to be the biggest concern, even though the Vikings had some decent statistics there in 2012. But I have seen far too many passes completed, too many YAC, and too many touchdowns by other teams against the Vikings to not think that safety and/or cornerback is their main problem. Get a good DT and MLB, and even 1 or 2 good wideouts (not including the slot position…we already have that need filled unless Harvin decides to leave, then try very hard to get Greg Jennings in FA), but address those issues a little later, and shore up that secondary. My God, they are really BAD. I could do better, and I’m 55 years old.

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