Kyle Rudolph expects to be ready for week 1
The New York Giants twice signed Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Rudolph early in free agency, but then learned he had to undergo surgery to fix a previously undiagnosed foot problem. Big Blue has nonetheless honored the terms of the two-year deal which could be worth up to $ 14 million, and Rudolph explained on Wednesday that he should be ready to go when the regular season begins in September.
“As far as football is concerned, I have been extremely fortunate that the Giants’ organization and everyone involved [caught it], and how they were able to handle my situation, that I won’t miss any football, “the 31-year-old said of the potential setback, per Pat Leonard from the New York Daily News. “At this point it’s about taking each day and seizing this opportunity not only to be healthy, but to improve myself. It’s one thing to be healthy, it’s one. other to be ready to go play in an NFL game. So I take that day by day. “
On being cleared by coach Joe Judge and company for the Week 1 showdown with the Denver Broncos on September 12, Rudolph added:
“I want to do everything to make sure that I get better every day, and whatever it is, it’s up to Joe, [offensive coordinator] Jason [Garrett], [director of rehabilitation] Leigh [Weiss] and everyone else involved. “
Much like star running back Saquon Barkley, who is work to recover ripped ACL he suffered on September 20 of last year, the Giants have no reason to rush a veteran like Rudolph onto the field for meaningless training camp sessions or exhibition contests if he’s less 100% during the summer months.