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Rudolph ready to get settled in

Posted by: under Quarterbacks, Rookies, Vikings, Vikings players Updated: July 10, 2011 - 4:46 PM

Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph, the Vikings second-round pick, spent most of the offseason training at his former high school in Cincinnati.

Rudolph, however, is expected to arrive in the Twin Cities on Monday so that he's in place and ready to go once the lockout ends. Rudolph, who found a place to live in the Twin Cities during a recent visit, said he will participate in Larry Fitzgerald's workouts on the Gophers campus this week.

"Once the lockout ends, it’s going to be go, go, go," Rudolph said. "So I just want to get settled in and get some work in with Larry Fitz. I know Larry real well and he told me all they do up there."

Rudolph spent one week working out with quarterbacks Christian Ponder, Joe Webb and Rhett Bomar at IMG Academy in Florida this summer. Although the Vikings contingent was small, Rudolph said it was a worthwhile experience getting to know his new teammates.

"We had a great week," he said. "In the morning we were in the weight room and did some agility work. Then in the afternoon we would go out and throw it around a little bit. It’s definitely great being together and spend time with all the guys and get to know each other. I got to know Christian a little bit and some of the other guys like Joe Webb and Rhett Bomar. It was a great time. I really enjoyed the week there."

Rudolph also got a copy of offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's playbook. All rookies are in a tough spot right now because the lockout has wiped out the rookie minicamp, OTAs and mandatory minicamps. That's valuable time lost for the first-year players.

Rudolph said the fact he played in Charlie Weis' pro-style offense at Notre Dame should help as he learns a new offense in a short time span.

"Honestly coming from Coach Weis offense and his playbook, it’s in-depth and detailed," Rudolph said. "It was a complicated offense so I think that’s a big advantage for me."

 

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