Interesting chatter from Bucs tight end Kyle Rudolph on the teammate he followed to the Bucs from New York, Bucs defensive back Logan Ryan.
Rudolph appeared on “Moving the Chains” when co-hosts Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller came to One Buc Palace last week, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Of course, Rudolph talked a great deal about the high standards and overall intelligence of Tom Brady and how his exacting standards make everyone keyed in and a better ballplayer.
Rudolph said the same thing about Ryan.
Both Rudolph and Ryan played for the Giants in 2021. Simply put, Rudolph said playing against Ryan each day in practice has made him a much better player. It isn’t so much playing “good on good” but how the two always got together after practice and shared ideas and got feedback from each other on their performances.
“He is the smartest football player I have ever been around in terms of recognizing concepts and recognizing routes,” Rudolph said. “He is always in the right place at the right time.
“Practicing against him in New York and talking to him off the field and getting to ask him questions, ‘What did you see there? What tipped you off?’ [With the Bucs] it’s the same thing. He makes me so much a better player. … He will tell me, ‘No, that gave it away.’ Oh, I never would have thought of that.
“You talk about people that are going to make you better, [Ryan] is about as good as they come.”
So Rudolph explained that now he is getting intelligent input and demanding standards from two guys, one on offense and one on defense. Brady and Ryan.
Rudolph admitted he had other choices when it came to picking a new team this summer. Clearly, playing with Brady was a major selling point. He did say when he and his wife added up all the pros and cons about playing for the Bucs, the pros far outweighed the cons. The Bucs organization from Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht down has built a culture where everything is focused on winning a Super Bowl, he said, and that was a big draw for Rudolph.
Asked about rookie tight ends, Cade Otton and Ko Kieft, Rudolph said, “They are going to help this team a lot. They have different skill sets but they are going to help us win games.”
As for learning the playbook and meeting Brady’s high demands on all plays, Rudolph said the first few weeks were like “drinking water out of a firehose.”
Rudolph mentioned how Brady calls him “Rudy.” Joe wonders if that is a back-handed swipe at Rudolph and his Notre Dame background coming from his bitter college rival, a Michigan Man.
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