Breaking Down What John Carlson Brings to the Minnesota Vikings Offense

November 13, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

This was supposed to be a breakout year for the Minnesota Vikings' Kyle Rudolph. After leading the team with nine touchdown passes last season and earning the Pro Bowl MVP honors, the expectations were extremely high for the third-year tight end from Notre Dame.
Instead, a broken foot, suffered on his team-leading third touchdown against the Cowboys in Week 9, has forced him to the sidelines for at least a month. 
Rudolph's injury has opened the door for John Carlson to fill the void and justify his roster spot.
Carlson was the Seahawks' leading receiver in 2008 as a rookie, catching 55 passes for 627 yards and five touchdowns. The following year he dropped to third on the team with 51 receptions, but he still led the team with seven touchdown receptions. 
After Carlson missed the 2011 season with an injury, the Vikings signed him to a five-year, $25 million contract in 2012.
What they got for the money was an eight-reception season for a whoppin...

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