The Minnesota Vikings cleaned house this offseason and brought in a brand new cast of coaching characters to try and right the ship. Mike Zimmer has taken over as head coach but the sneakiest hire the Vikings made was bringing on Norv Turner to run the team’s offense.
One person who can be especially happy about Turner coming aboard is tight end Kyle Rudolph, who looks to benefit greatly from the role he’ll play in Turner’s offense. In Cleveland, Turner made something called Jordan Cameron into a household name, especially among fantasy footballers, and it’s for this reason that many are predicting Rudolph is in for a great 2014 campaign.
What I would watch for, though, is a bigger role for Kyle Rudolph. Think about the tight ends Turner’s had over the years (Jay Novacek, Antonio Gates, Jordan Cameron). Flexing Rudolph out and letting him work through the middle of the defense could be a bigger part of the Vikings’ game next season, and it could accomplish some of the effect you’re shooting for with a spread scheme.
Turner has a way of making tight ends virtually effective in his schemes, which means the Vikings may finally see Rudolph blossom into the top tier tight end he’s already on his way to becoming.