Crossroads Week For Kyle Rudolph

October 7th, 2022

Bucs tight end Kyle Rudolph

Entering Sunday’s game at tight end, the Bucs have blocking-struggling rookie Cade Otton (4 catches for 33 yards) and rookie Ko Kieft (1 catch) available along with two-time Pro Bowler Kyle Rudolph.

So will Rudolph finally get significant playing time Sunday? He’s played just nine snaps this season.

It seems like a no-brainer that Rudolph should get a chunk of work on Sunday against the Falcons with Cameron Brate out with a concussion. If Rudolph can’t get on the field now ahead of a couple of rookies with the Bucs’ run game struggling, then when will he?

Rudolph has to know the offense well by now and he’s healthy. So his invisibility means he’s either in Todd Bowles’ doghouse, Tom Brady doesn’t trust him, or Father Time horsecollar tackled him in training camp.

If Rudolph is an afterthought on Sunday (hopefully he’s not) then Joe hopes general manager Jason Licht starts considering trading or cutting Rudolph.

A washed up veteran fourth-string tight end who doesn’t play special teams will not help the Bucs win a Super Bowl.

For those wondering, O.J. Howard has made three starts for Houston and has 5 catches for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns.

46 Responses to “Crossroads Week For Kyle Rudolph”

  1. BUCkleup Says:

    4 games, 1 catch, 12 yards.

    1 word – GOODBYE

  2. David Says:

    It’s not like Brate was setting the world on fire, he was dropping passes and can’t block. If Rudolph cannot beat him out and can’t step up this game over the rookies, they need to get rid of him

  3. Elita Vita Says:

    I can see Carol Brunette already tugging on her earlobe saying “so long”.

  4. Elita Vita Says:

    I can already see Carol Brunette tugging on her earlobe saying “so long”

  5. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Rudolph is a rental. Like a tryout, that’s not gone well.

  6. bob Says:

    gotta start lookin elsewhere

  7. Elita Vita Says:

    Gotta look elsewhere huh, huh?
    Does the name of Gronkowski come to mind!

  8. Pewter Power Says:

    I don’t understand why no keift is mainly used in that fullback roll. If he can block put him out there on the edge more. He doesn’t look bad as a pass catcher either and definitely can’t be worse than Kyle

  9. Wild Bill Says:

    Gronk left a hole the Bucs will not be able to fill anytime soon. Unless he comes riding to the rescue! Come on Gronk. Brady doesn’t deserve two divorces this season season!

  10. Elita Vita Says:

    What if we promised Gronkowski he could join USAA insurance. I bet then he’ll come back for sure!

  11. EEK Says:

    How great was Gronk!

  12. HC Grover Says:

    otten s worlds worst blocker

  13. Whoolio? Says:

    What about Julio? Will he play more than 7 snaps? Will he play at all? Why not sit him until he’s 100% ready to get hurt again? All these old, used up free agent pickups are looking pretty bad for Licht. Only bright side was Logan Ryan and look where he is now. Maybe Licht should try signing Terrell Owens and Larry Fitzgerald next… 😤

  14. MadMax Says:


    Get your butt back here big guy!

  15. John Says:

    This is some kind of sneaky attack I’m starting to feel. What if the Bucs are keeping him sidelined and knowing the offense for a reason? Like say week 10 rolls around and gronk decides to come back? We should still be in a good position record wise and then we unveil a offense with gronk and Rudolph. Rotate brate in and do the same with the receivers. If obj comes along too this may be huge. I just don’t see any other reason Rudolph is still on the team on hasnt done much. I seen him play vs Green Bay. He looked fine. Nothin since. W

  16. Lakeland Steve Says:

    Brady can tell Gronk he will throw in Gisselle along with 5 or 6 milllion the Bucs will give him if he re-signs. Alright so maybe throwing in Gisselle will make him not want to sign, Gronk already has his own Gisselle.

  17. Oddball Says:

    Roll with the Ginger.

  18. Redeemer Says:

    Rudolph looked horrible last year. Thought it was just Daniel Jones, and the wretched Dread Joe Judge. Looks like he’s collecting a paycheck. Slow as molasses running up hill in winte.

  19. Redeemer Says:


  20. Beeej Says:

    I notice they’re starting to use Evans on those seam routes Brady loves so much

  21. Leopold Stotch Says:

    I really wasn’t thrilled when we signed him. I thought it could work. Never was high on him, ever during his career. If anyone could make it work, it would have been Tom, but I guess not… As of now. I’m with Joe (Steve… If I remember correctly) Otton will be the #1 for sure next year. Another year with nfl training and weight lifting, he’ll bulk up for blocking. Unless we get Gronk, unless someone has a come to Jesus moment in the TE room, we’re going to get little to nothing from that position.

  22. Redeemer Says:

    Beeej, noticed the same thing. It’s a dangerous route for the reciever. Usually a safety goes low. They all but banned Gronk from running it in new England after the TJ Ward hit. Hopefully they don’t get Evans killed

  23. steele Says:

    Exactly what is the problem with Rudolph, that they bothered to sign him at all if he is that useless and that physically done? He was the consensus best TE available in FA, but there were other options that would have been more creative and productive.

    Cut him loose. They have plenty of needs.

  24. D-Rok Says:


    I like the way you think. Surely your postulation is improbable at best, but dang, to roll out a combo like Gronk and a very good Rudolph – – holy crap with our other WR’s we would be unstoppable.

    OK, I’m waking up now… LOL

  25. Goatfarmer Says:


    Blocks like a tank and did everyone see the sideline back shoulder catch he made? Obvious. Start the man.

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think Rudolph went to $hit and the hogs ate him.

  27. Wild Bill Says:

    Me want more ko!

  28. Goatfarmer Says:

    Rudolph. Red nose. Slow foot. Should follow the lead of Mrs. Beasley.

  29. Kody Says:

    Cade and Ko are the only TEs I want to see playing. The more snaps these guys get, the better they’ll get.

  30. ClwJB Says:

    TE is a real issue, I see the 4 deep but Brate is washed up and it appears Rudolf is too

    KO is a mauler and Otton over time will be okay hopefully but today we need help, badly

    Can we beg Gronk for a half season and the SB run?

  31. PassingThru Says:

    Kyle Rudolph is splattered on the crossroads; he’s roadkill.

  32. Beeej Says:

    Redeemer Says:
    October 7th, 2022 at 8:41 pm
    Beeej, noticed the same thing. It’s a dangerous route for the reciever. Usually a safety goes low. They all but banned Gronk from running it in new England after the TJ Ward hit. Hopefully they don’t get Evans killed

    One reason he gets few picks is he won’t throw across the middle to someone he doesn’t trust. That small Gronkless group now includes ME13 and Godwin

  33. Charles Says:

    Just fyi. Oj has played but NOT started. The starter was cut this week now OJ should start. We should see Gronk soon. The reason he is not playing is we wore him out physically last year refusing to give him breathers. You can ask him he was befuddled based on How OJ was performing second hall of year diring practice but BA coach didn’t put him in. Had we nOT BEEM battered all year he would of came bacK start of year. Our offense would of started better and we could of had better record. That packers loss will haunts us for a home playoff game maybe even home thru out the playoffs. Amd don’t tell me bradybdidt trust OJ. Gronk vet day Oj was scoring at practices and showing deserving play time second half of season.

  34. SPARKY Says:

    According to Joe, we can expect an explosion from Brady and a dream game from Evans. Sounds greatJoe, hope you didn’t jinx it.

  35. captivajim Says:

    He and Bernard should both be released >>>>>

  36. CalBucsFan Says:

    I’m with you MadMax, time for TB to give Gronk a call.

  37. adam from ny Says:

    so wait, let’s get this straight:

    kyle has been with julio this whole time….down by the schoolyard?

  38. Dooley Says:

    We should’ve gotten Jesse James

  39. FrontFour Says:

    Haven’t seen Rudolph so no idea what he can do. And funny how everyone knocks Brate but he out performed the waste that was OJ Howard and was a good compliment to Gronk. We decided in August to run with the young guys and hope we could get another year from Brate. Taking a flyer on Rudolph prove out Sunday – or not. I like going with Ko & Cade. By week 10 we’ll know.

  40. Buccobill99 Says:

    Legs are spent shouldnt be on roster

  41. PassingThru Says:

    Brate looked like he was running on sand last season. While he’s still serviceable, his best years are well behind in the rear view mirror.

    The Rudolph signing perplexes me. Folks were saying he had an off year because he was on a terrible Giants team QB’ed by Daniel Jones. That perception was off-target, as Rudolph’s game had jumped the shark one year prior in Minne. I never understood the signing, at best he should have been given a minimum contract with incentives.

    There’s no starting TE on this team. Otton’s contributions have been on Special Teams, he hasn’t delivered as a blocker or pass-catcher. Ko has nice hands but he’s both as powerful and slow as a glacier. He’s someone you throw to once, maybe twice a game

  42. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Or maybe it’s just bad coaching and decision making of why he’s not getting many snaps!?

  43. Dewey Selmon Says:

    If he is ineffective tomorrow he should pull a Beasley and skip town. Tampa is turning in last chance U.

  44. Goatfarmer Says:

    Before concussion Brate was playing well, but many don’t want to actually watch real performance in games. Dude almost made a spectacular TD catch after being concussed. Brate is better at blocking than ever and we will miss him tomorrow. However…..Ko.

  45. Mike Johnson Says:

    Kyle who? Are you sure he plays for the TB Bucs?

  46. Rod Munch Says:

    Rudolph was given guaranteed money, that’s why he’s still here.

    That, and I assume they won’t make a move until they’re certain Gronk isn’t coming back.