Originally Posted by 76Texan
Rudolph is not a fast guy, like 4:80 something.
Either Reed or Rudd will do just fine against him, or we can drop Barwin back on a zone blitz.
He may not be fast (~1 sec slower than Gronkowsky), but he has averaged 9 yds per catch. Rudd not faster than Rudolph. Reed is ~1 sec faster, but coming off the groin injury, will likely be at least slightly slowed down and of slower reflex..........Rudolph will be knowing what route he will be taking, Rudd and Reed won't. I think it will be a big mistake if the Texans rely heavily on their LBs to cover the Vikings' TEs. We'll see what happens tomorrow.
As an FYI, Rudolph was ranked by most going into the Draft as #1 TE. When he ran that 4.75 on his Pro Day, he was just medically released coming off a severe hamstring tear that required major surgery due to the fact that one of the major hamstring tendons was ripped right off of the bone. He was having problems with it early in the 2010 college season, and after 6 games into that season his season was finally over. He has said that before those injuries, he had been clocked close to 4.60. For whatever his 40s were, he has shown decent explosion and needs not to be taken lightly by the Texans.