Kyle Rudolph will add another dimension to the Giants’ offense
The New York Giants added a lot of new weapons to their offense this offseason for quarterback Daniel Jones. Which one do you think was the most overlooked?
Chris Roling of Bleacher Report wrote an article ranking the most overlooked offseason additions. Starting things off at number seven is the Giants signing of tight end Kyle Rudolph.
A 31-year-old Kyle Rudolph didn’t make a ton of noise when inking a two-year deal with the New York Giants, especially when compared to bigger names at his position, like Hunter Henry.
But Rudolph is a critical addition for a Giants team going all-in around developmental quarterback Daniel Jones. He’ll join a cast of weapons that includes fellow tight end Evan Engram, free-agent prize Kenny Golladay and 2021 first-round receiver Kadarius Toney.
Over 12 games last year, Rudolph had a quiet end to his decade-long stint in Minnesota, recording just 334 yards and one touchdown. But he had scored six or more times in three of the four seasons prior to that while ranking as the thirdish option in a mostly run-based attack.
This isn’t to suggest Rudolph will swing the pendulum much in the win column for the Giants. But there’s something bigger at stake for New York next season: guaranteeing a proper developmental curve for Jones that leads to reaching a high ceiling.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Giants’ offensive coordinator Jason Garrett uses Rudolph. If I had to make a guess right now I think he will be used the most when New York is down in the opposing team’s red zone because they don’t need him to stretch the field with Evan Engram on the roster.
New York can also now run a lot of two tight end sets in order to mix things up and throw opposing defenses off.
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