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Kyle Rudolph joins elite company on Vikings’ touchdown reception list

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Only four players in team history have more scoring catches

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With his two touchdown receptions on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings’ tight end Kyle Rudolph has placed himself among some pretty impressive names on the team’s all-time touchdown receptions list.

The two touchdowns gave Rudolph a total of 34 scoring grabs in his career, tying him with Ahmad Rashad for fifth in the history of the Minnesota Vikings. Yes, there are only four players in the history of the Minnesota Vikings have have found the end zone via reception more times than Rudolph has.

If Rudolph wants to get up into the top four, it’s probably going to take him a couple more seasons. Here is the list as things stand right now.

  1. Cris Carter - 110 TD catches as a Viking
  2. Randy Moss - 92
  3. Anthony Carter - 52
  4. Sammy White - 50
  5. Kyle Rudolph/Ahmad Rashad - 34

Rudolph was a second-round pick of the Vikings in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. His career high for touchdown catches in a season is 9 back in 2012, but he also had seven last year and has five through eleven games this year. He dealt with some injury issues in 2013 and 2014, but has been a solid threat in the red zone for the Vikings whenever he’s been healthy.

Here’s hoping that Rudolph stays around long enough to make a run at jumping into the top three on this list. I’ve got a feeling that getting into the top two or all the way to the top of the list might be out of the question.