Over the last two weeks we’ve taken a position-by-position look at the performance and production of the Vikings roster in 2013.
Injuries forced the Vikings to get into their depth on defense at several positions. But injuries also forced the Vikings to use depth at one offensive position – tight end. Not one Vikings tight end played in 16 games in 2013, and the team’s top tight end –
When Rudolph was on the field, he was going along at a pretty good clip. The Pro Bowl tight end was on pace for 60 catches and had three touchdowns at the time of his injury, and in 2014 he’ll look to get back on the field and be better than ever.
Rudolph’s absence created more opportunities for
With so many games missed due to injury at the position, youngster
Even with a Pro Bowler in Rudolph, a veteran in Carlson and two talented young players at the position, don’t be surprised if the Vikings add more talent to their tight end depth chart over the offseason. Competition makes everyone better, and there isn’t a guy on the Vikings tight end depth chart who won’t embrace that challenge.
On the Roster
John Carlson: 32 receptions, 344 yards (10.8), 1 TD in 13 games (8 starts)
Rhett Ellison: 5 receptions, 61 yards (12.2), 1 TD in 11 games (6 starts)
Chase Ford: 11 receptions, 133 yards (12.1) 0 TDs in 9 games (0 starts)
Kyle Rudolph: 30 receptions for 313 yards (10.4), 3 TDs in 8 games (8 starts)