4 NY Giants who must step up vs. Broncos in NFL Week 1
NY Giants TE – Kyle Rudolph
Given Evan Engram’s uncertainty for Sunday’s game after suffering a calf injury against the Patriots, there’s a real chance Kyle Rudolph’s first appearance on the field is as the Giants’ top tight end.
Rudolph is certainly a reliable pass-catcher, finishing last season with zero drops while catching 28 of 35 targets for 334 yards and a touchdown, but he could see a significant workload in his NY Giants debut. This summer, Rudolph was little more than a spectator for much of training camp — and all of the preseason — while continuing to recover from a foot injury discovered around the time he signed as a free agent this spring.
Through his career, Rudolph has been dominant in the red-zone, catching 40 of his 43 career touchdown passes inside the 20-yard line, and he’ll likely see frequent targets from Jones in this area on Sunday. Last season, the Broncos’ allowed opponents to score a touchdown on a league-low 47.54% of red-zone opportunities, so Rudolph could prove pivotal to the offense’s success.