New York Giants: Physical could hold up agreed deal with Kyle Rudolph

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The news of the New York Giants coming to a deal with Kyle Rudolph made it seem like it was official that the tight end was signed, but that wasn’t the case. Most of the time, a player undergoing a physical exam is just done for procedural reasons and you can assume a player will sign if they’ve already made it to that stage. Sometimes, though, the physical actually comes up with something that was missed before. And this can throw a wrench into things.

It appears this is what happened to the Giants, who found something that they don’t like in Rudolph’s physical according to Mike Garafolo.

That problem has to do with Rudolph’s foot. The team believes that the player will need surgery on his foot and it looks like that might change their interest – or at least, it might change the deal that they’re willing to give him. Previously, Rudolph was reported as having come to terms with a two year deal with the Giants.

It’s easy to see why the team might have more leverage than Rudolph here considering how they already have Evan Engram as a starting tight end and Rudolph is being added for further depth. Considering this, they may not want to pay him as much knowing that he has a possible surgery coming up that could impact his performance on the field.

Not much has come out yet about how this will impact the deal but the matter is seemingly being discussed by both sides. It’s entirely possible that we’ll still see the deal go through – but maybe with terms updated to reflect the situation.

New York Giants: Kyle Rudolph reveals what Joe Judge told him

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One of the signings flying under the radar for the New York Giants this offseason is Kyle Rudolph. The tight end won’t join the team with the kind of acclaim as some of their other additions such as Kenny Golladay or cornerback Adoree Jackson, but he has his own use nonetheless. While some believed the Giants would add to the tight end spot by highly drafting Kyle Pitts, it appears the Giants are going to continue to rely on Engram while adding Rudolph to play the role of secondary threat.

Rudolph has been a receiving tight end throughout his career and a red zone threat – he’s only a couple years removed from having 6 touchdowns in a season, after all. While he might not be the big addition that Pitts is, it looks like the Giants will have plenty of receiving potential at the position between him and Evan Engram.

As for why Rudolph chose to join the team, he spoke about that on SiriusXM.

And head coach Joe Judge seems to have played a direct role in getting Rudolph to the Meadowlands.

What Joe Judge said to Kyle Rudolph

“One of the lines he said that really resonated with me was: ‘Overachievers aren’t OK with mediocrity. I want to surround myself with a bunch of overachievers.’ I’ve always looked at myself as someone that tries to work harder than the next guy and be an overachiever and that really resonated with me and that’s something I want to be a part of,” Rudolph said.

It seems like Judge is helping turn New York into an attractive destination for free agents so far. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay has also expressed an appreciation for the culture of the team, which he’s joining despite having other offers.

The Giants have big expectations in Judge’s second season but they’ll have more tools to deal with those expectations than they have over the last couple of seasons. And some of that we can trace directly back to the noticeable change in the atmosphere that’s come about directly because of a new coaching staff.

How should the New York Giants go about the tight end position?

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The New York Giants recently signed former Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph to a two-year deal. This move leaves the tight end room crowded. Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph, Kaden Smith, Levine Toilolo, and Rysen John make up this position. I think it’s possible that the Giants draft a tight end in the later rounds as well. The Giants obviously can’t carry 6 or 7 tight ends when positions like Cornerback and Wide Receiver need all the depth they can get.

While Big Blue could go in several different directions, here are two realistic options heading into the 2021 season:

Kaden Smith is dropped

Jason Garrett loves running three-tight end sets in the running game, utilizing a jumbo-blocker to open up holes. We predominantly saw this due to the inadequacy of the passing game in 2020, but I expect them to continue with it based on Saquon’s return. Normally, the third tight end in that set is a really good blocker. Kaden Smith was average at best in run blocking last year, and only had 18 total catches to go with it. For some reason, Jason Garrett has an affinity for Levine Toilolo, who’s only good trait is that he’s insanely tall. The Giants already have one tight end who can’t block for his life. Why have two? I would hate to see Smith get dropped, but business is business.

Evan Engram Gets Traded

It feels as if this option is less and less likely to happen as the days go on. Before the signing of Kyle Rudolph, it seemed as if the Giants could draft Kyle Pitts and trade away Evan Engram. Now, the likelihood of the Giants drafting Kyle Pitts at 11 is low. But, let’s say this is an alternate reality where Kyle Rudolph and another tight end take over the starting spots. Evan Engram doesn’t have the best value, due to drops and other issues, but he has some value. I believe the Giants could scrape a 4th round pick at his lowest value. The Giants would clear up $6m in cap space and could sweeten the deal for another free agent like Adoree Jackson.

New York Giants reach agreement with veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph

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The New York Giants have made another signing in free agency. According to reports, the Giants have agreed to terms with tight end Kyle Rudolph. This is the second veteran player the Giants signed today, as they agreed to terms with backup quarterback Mike Glennon as well. According to Mike Garafolo, it will be a two-year deal with a max value of $14 million.

The Giants have made a commitment this offseason to adding offensive playmakers. Kyle Rudolph is the latest playmaker the team has acquired after signing John Ross and Devontae Booker earlier this week. This is an interesting move by the Giants as they already have a young, starting tight end in Evan Engram. Engram is coming off of his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2020, but his season’s performance drew mixed reviews from the fanbase.

Now the Giants have a new tight end in town with ten-year NFL veteran Kyle Rudolph. The 31-year-old Rudolph could potentially be the Giants’ secondary tight end behind Evan Engram, but he would likely still see significant playing time. Rudolph is a talented player that should see the field often in New York’s offense that loves to utilize two and three tight end personnel packages.

Kyle Rudolph spent the first ten years of his career with the Minnesota Vikings. His 2020 season ended on injured reserve. 2020 was a down year for Rudolph as he posted a career-low 1 receiving touchdown with only 334 receiving yards on 28 receptions through 12 games.

The Giants were also in on Hunter Henry to some extent before he signed with the New England Patriots. Adding talent at tight end was a priority for the Giants. Now, with the signing of Kyle Rudolph, the New York Giants have added the talent they needed at the tight end position.