An inability to move the ball efficiently through the air in recent weeks after the passing game looked improved early in the season has many trying to pinpoint a reason for the decline. There are many moving parts in an NFL passing attack, so it’s unlikely there is a sole culprit.
Coinciding with the Vikings decrease in passing production is the absence of TE Kyle Rudolph from the box score. Rudolph, who had 13 receptions for 138 yards and 3 TDs in the Vikings first three games this season, has been held to just 2 receptions for 17 yards over the past three games, including no receptions on Sunday in Seattle at a time when Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier says the team was trying to get him involved.
“We had some things called yesterday that we thought would get the ball to him and they didn’t materialize,” Frazier explained on Monday. “The good thing about Kyle’s game yesterday, he did a great job in blocking which really helped set up some of those nice runs that Adrian had.”
Blocking was not one of Rudolph’s strengths early in his career, so the fact that he’s improved that area of his game is good news for the Vikings. But make no mistake, Rudolph’s primary role is not to be a blocker.
“We do want him included in our pass game,” Frazier said. “We had some things set up for him, it didn’t happen. Partially because of coverage, partially sometimes because of the rush, and sometimes we just didn’t find him. We want him involved. We have to figure out a way to get him involved.”
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