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Teddy Bridgewater excited to have Kyle Rudolph back for Minnesota Vikings

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The Minnesota Vikings have had a pretty turbulent off-season to say the very least.

Adrian Peterson vs The Vikings has been a saga that is still currently ongoing, especially with Peterson's odd Twitter rant last night about how contracts should be more of a two way street, despite the fact that he is already due a lot of money from Minnesota on his pre-existing deal.

The Vikings could do with some good news ahead of the 2015 season and it looks like they have finally got it, thanks to some recent quotes from Teddy Bridgewater.

Rudolph's Return

Bridgewater was speaking to Matt Vensel of the Star-Tribune, where he said that he is excited by the return of star tight end Kyle Rudolph and that having Rudolph back felt like a brand new free agency signing.

Bridgewater made it halfway through an answer about the new guy on offense, Mike Wallace, before interrupting himself to offer praise to Rudolph.

“I’ll tell you, what’s even a better addition is have Kyle Rudolph back healthy,” Bridgewater said. “He’s like a whole new player on the team."

Injury Woes

The Vikings expected big things from Rudolph last season with Bridgewater coming in to his rookie season, and the lucrative contract extension they gave the tight end during training camp was proof of that, with Rudolph netting a five year extension that could be worth up to $40 million.

But, just three games and 10 catches into the 2014 season, Rudolph needed to have surgery on a sports hernia that put him out for seven games and just when he was starting to look like himself again, Rudolph injured his ankle and knee, putting him out of action yet again.

All in all, Rudolph played nine games, catching 24 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. It was his second straight season derailed by injuries.

If the Vikings can get Adrian Peterson happy and playing well, with the rest of the offense staying injury free, 2015 could be a very good year for the Minnesota Vikings, with playoffs surely on their mind.


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