Kyle Rudolph ended 2013 on injured reserve with a fractured left foot after playing just eight games, but that’s not affecting his confidence at all.
Rudolph was asked at a charity event in St. Paul on Wednesday to name the best tight end in the NFL.
He answered “me.”
“There’s a ton of talented tight ends in our game,” Rudolph said. “You have guys that play at a high level, like Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Jason Witten and Vernon Davis. But I would put myself up there with them.
“I feel as a tight end, it’s extremely important to be a guy that can contribute in the running game and also in the passing game.”
Rudolph’s three-year career totals in Minnesota are 109 catches for 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Saints monster known as Jimmy Graham had 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns on just 86 receptions in 2013 alone.