Buccaneers offensive newcomer a quality fit for 2022 team

Kyle Rudolph, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Kyle Rudolph, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers made one of the best moves they could by signing free agent tight end Kyle Rudolph. The fit should work well in 2022.

The Buccaneers have finally addressed the hole opened up by the departure of Rob Gronkowski with the signing of a veteran tight end.

Kyle Rudolph is going to serve as a bandage of sorts for the loss of one of the best tight ends in the game last season, and while he isn’t a perfect replacement, he is a decent fit for what the team needs.

For starters, Gronkowski missed five games in 2021. Injuries were a problem for almost every position in Tampa last season, and the loss of Gronk alongside several other guys on his side of the ball slowed the offense down.

Rudolph hasn’t been perfect in this aspect of his career, but he was healthier than Gronk in 2021. Assuming he can stay on the field for the majority of the games in 2022, this should work well for the newest tight end in Tampa.

The other reason why this pairing works so well is that Rudolph is entering a very different situation with the Bucs than he was in with the Giants and the Vikings. Neither of those teams were close to as good as this Bucs team is, and the other offensive weapons were dramatically different from what he will have in Tampa.

Tom Brady is still playing like one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Rudolph was never that lucky with the other guys throwing to him.

In addition to the quarterback, this wide receiver room is far better than what Rudolph in Minnesota, even during the good years, and that will take some of the pressure off of the veteran.

No one should expect a 1,000-yard season or anything crazy like that, and that isn’t what the Buccaneers need. All they need is another veteran tight end in the room that can shoulder the majority of the reps alongside Cameron Brate.

Three or four catches per game for 4o yards would go a long way in this offense, and Kyle Rudolph is the type of player that can put those numbers up week in and week out.

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