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Laquon Treadwell on not playing Week One: I’ll work harder and get better

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 1: Tavon Austin #11 of the Los Angeles Rams looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Rams on September 1, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Rams 27-25. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Vikings drafted wide receiver Laquon Treadwell in the first round of this year’s draft and many thought that he’d move immediately into the team’s lineup as they worked to improve their passing offense from last season.

Treadwell’s ascent hasn’t been that quick, however. The rookie didn’t play any snaps in Minnesota’s Week One victory over the Titans as Stefon Diggs, Charles Johnson, Adam Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson were the wideouts to see action. Coach Mike Zimmer said after the game that Treadwell “still has work to do” and Treadwell said Wednesday that he’ll put it in.

“It was more mentally challenging,” Treadwell said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “But you’ve got to go through it, create some fuel, I guess, to play harder. I don’t know. I’ve never been through this. I’ll just come in and work harder and get better.”

Zimmer told Treadwell before the game that he wouldn’t be playing unless there was an injury and pointed out that Diggs didn’t play for several weeks as a rookie before moving into a prominent spot in the offense when the team deemed him ready to go. With Johnson catching just one pass for five yards on six targets, an opening for Treadwell may not be far off if he does the work that Zimmer wants to see.

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43 Responses to “Laquon Treadwell on not playing Week One: I’ll work harder and get better”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 15, 2016 10:12 AM

    Dude runs like an 80 year old nun.

    >

  2. aypeeswhippingstick says: Sep 15, 2016 10:13 AM

    If I was Laquon I’d hang around Corderrelle Patterson and learn how he worked tirelessly as a rookie to learn the playbook and route running that he now uses every day to excel at his position.

  3. ballboy48 says: Sep 15, 2016 10:22 AM

    Meanwhile the Browns got slammed for drafting Corey Coleman who had 69 yards on two grabs, one of them deep between three defender’s.

  4. kjdoyle58 says: Sep 15, 2016 10:27 AM

    Bust

  5. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 15, 2016 10:30 AM

    He wants to play for the Raiders. Laziness is his ticket out of MN.

  6. jermainewiggins says: Sep 15, 2016 10:30 AM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Sep 15, 2016 10:12 AM
    Dude runs like an 80 year old nun.

    >

    Didn’t stop him from dominating the SEC…. funny you say that though because don’t the Packers have the slowest group of WR in terms of their 40 times? THAT’S RIGHT, THEY DO! ouch good try tho.

    Good to see you’re still unemployed.

  7. trun0rth says: Sep 15, 2016 10:35 AM

    I love this about Zim. He’s not about just winning this Sunday, it’s about building a team.

    You teach that rookie that his talent earned him a starting role, and you’ll get another Cordarelle. Teach him what he has to do to earn trust, and don’t let him see that field until he’s earned it.

    Same thing with Trae Waynes. Fans need to be patient, understand what Zim is doing here, and see the long term plan on this one.

  8. Adrian Beathisson says: Sep 15, 2016 10:36 AM

    Corderrelle Patterson 2.0

  9. h0metownzero says: Sep 15, 2016 10:38 AM

    Treadslow is sure dominating that clipboard.

  10. fwippel says: Sep 15, 2016 10:43 AM

    This shouldn’t be surprising; Treadwell is a rookie, and he will be fine.

    If there’s a receiver on that roster that has a right to be disappointed, it’s Jarius Wright. He has been far more proven and productive track record than Charles Johnson. We’ll see how things go this week, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Wright or Johnson traded or released in the next couple of weeks, especially if Treadwell gets up to speed.

    Despite all the hoopla over the QB position since Bridgewater’s injury, the Vikings are only carrying two QBs right now. With one of those being past the age of 35, I expect Taylor Heinicke will be put on the roster in a couple of weeks. When that happens, one of these receivers is likely gone.

  11. allight59 says: Sep 15, 2016 10:55 AM

    When you have the best WR corp in the Division it is hard for a rookie to crack the line up. Keep working hard and you’ll get your opportunities. Eventually he’ll be a great redzone target.

  12. cb2gbequalssb says: Sep 15, 2016 10:55 AM

    LoL!! Vike fans get to see yet another offensive bust lmao.. Just build D obviously offense is too much to handle.

  13. anarchopurplism says: Sep 15, 2016 11:05 AM

    The internet……rushing to judgement, once again.

  14. NFLexpert says: Sep 15, 2016 11:07 AM

    They clocked this guy’s 40 with a calendar. No surprise here…El Busto….

  15. All Knowing says: Sep 15, 2016 11:13 AM

    Doesn’t help him that the Vikings coaching sucks.

  16. skol4life says: Sep 15, 2016 11:21 AM

    Zimmer and Turner don’t like starting rookies until they are ready. Just the way it is. And trolls talking about speed, Cris Carter never sniffed 4.5 in his life and he seamed to do ok. The SEC is full of 4.3 NFL caliber Dbacks and Treadwell abused them all.

  17. contra74 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:28 AM

    h0metownzero says:
    Sep 15, 2016 10:38 AM
    Treadslow is sure dominating that clipboard.
    —–
    Kinda like Aaron dominated it the first time what….3 or 4 years.

  18. voiceofrealism says: Sep 15, 2016 11:37 AM

    allight59 says:
    When you have the best WR corp in the Division it is hard for a rookie to crack the line up. Keep working hard and you’ll get your opportunities. .
    _______________________
    Very true.
    But let’s stay on topic, this is about the Vikings’ receivers.

  19. djvh2 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:53 AM

    Johnson will be fired up this week to face his former team. He might even get 2 catches for 11 yards this week.

  20. lenthevikesfan says: Sep 15, 2016 12:00 PM

    Nothing wrong with being deep at WR.

  21. Getoffmylawn! says: Sep 15, 2016 12:01 PM

    contra74 says:
    Sep 15, 2016 11:28 AM

    h0metownzero says:
    Sep 15, 2016 10:38 AM
    Treadslow is sure dominating that clipboard.
    —–
    Kinda like Aaron dominated it the first time what….3 or 4 years.
    ——————————-
    Not quite the same thing here. Rogers was waiting behind a very successful HOF quarterback. Not a guy behind multiple average players at best.

  22. f1restarter says: Sep 15, 2016 12:06 PM

    So by his own admission, he doesn’t work as hard as he could.

    Slow AND lazy. Well, he’s on the right team anyway…

  23. whatjusthapped says: Sep 15, 2016 12:08 PM

    Not every draft pick works out the way you thought. Except in Minnesota where every 1st rounder is on their way to Canton, Ohio minutes after the pick is in.

    Spielman is indeed a genius.

  24. dayglo80 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:10 PM

    I bleed purple and have for 35+ years. The same can be said Trae Waynes last year. Someone mentioned Corey Coleman in Cleveland with 2 catches for 60something yards… That’s great in all but how did that game turn out? Did Cleveland win? The only thing that matters in this sport is wins and losses and that is what Zimmer has engraved into these players heads.

    We are not about starting players if they do not put us in this best position to win.

    Tread will get his time it’s coming everyone keep calling him a bust and CP 2.0 and slow… You will all be eating crow in due time.

    This team by week 8 will be rolling with Bradford, Trade, Diggs, Thielen, Rudy and McKinnion.

    Keep giving them ammo tho I encourage all you haters

  25. h0metownzero says: Sep 15, 2016 12:14 PM

    From his stat line I assumed they accidentally killed him in training camp.

  26. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 15, 2016 12:17 PM

    The Vikings have taken an uber conservative approach to playing rookies. It’s hard to argue with an 11-5 record and NFC N Championship banner. This year, on to bigger and better things.

    May as well keep the tread on the tires until its time to light it up.

    They are probably saving him to play a less challenging opponent like the Fudge so he can get broken in easily to NFL speed.

  27. atepper001 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:21 PM

    impossible. just ask any vikings fan who all seem to speak with thier hearts and not their brains… spielman is the greatest GM in the history of the NFL, Zim, who no one outside of Minnesota knows anything about, is the greatest coach in the history of the NFL and good ole Norv is the greatest OC in history.

  28. Frazier28/7 says: Sep 15, 2016 1:24 PM

    lets mop the floor at our new stadium with these arrogant cheese eatin pricks.

  29. cheeseisfattening says: Sep 15, 2016 1:40 PM

    In Green Bay working hard for rookies means cleaning out Eddie Lacy’s locker of disposed fast food wrappers and containers.

  30. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 15, 2016 1:41 PM

    Tready will be fine but Zimmer doesn’t just hand out starting spots. By midseason, we’ll probably all be talking about that Bradford to Tready combination (doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as Teddy to Tready. Sigh.)

    As for bragging about draft picks, Packer fans have been bragging up Kenny (the third round pick with a first round contract) Clark since they picked him, and not a one of them had even heard of him before that point.

  31. purenflfan says: Sep 15, 2016 1:46 PM

    I’m not sure Treadwell is a good fit in MN. I keep hearing about his size and that being an asset in the short to intermediate game but at 6-2 he’s behind the other 3 6-2 wr (Patterson, Theilan and Johnson)

    With Diggs being the #1 guy I think Treadwell will be a healthy scratch this year.

  32. fmc651 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:09 PM

    Perfect attitude to take Treadwell. Zimmer doesn’t play guys because of where they are drafted i.e. Wayne & Patterson. They play when Zimmer says they are ready.

  33. sass41 says: Sep 15, 2016 3:11 PM

    well if he is a bust (and im not saying he is) then the Bradford trade is great, 1st round pic overated. for all you people that think we made mistake in trading for him.. IN ZIM WE TRUST

  34. whatjusthapped says: Sep 15, 2016 4:29 PM

    Fat slow and Lazy is no way to go thru life, son!

  35. jazz11001 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:41 PM

    Keep in mind that Rick Spielman needs to replace 2 draft picks for next year. Somebody has to go.

  36. vikingguy55 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:42 PM

    What are the essentials to a winning football team? Are you asking the right questions or just spewing out your personal opinions? I have a question, why did the packers get rid of their all pro starting Guard and replace him with a rookie? Last year the packers struggled on the O Line and Rogers had to run around to not get killed! In their first game The Minnesota Vikings looked like they were struggling to run the Ball but they did protect the QB, last year the Vikings struggled to run the ball against the packers,What will happen against the Packers this week on Sunday night? I CAN MAKE AN OBSERVATION, The QB for the Titans had a very difficult time executing the Offense because of the pressure up front and the great Defense on the back end! Ya I would have to agree that the Vikings are trying to find their identity on Offense but they have all the parts they need to put it together, many elements here the O line, the QB, the receivers, the run game is very strong! although not seen in the first game, They ever get that Patteson guy going #84 look out! The titans executed a good defense and stopped AP even though, and here comes my opinion! AP will run on the packers and open up that weak Packer Defense, the Packers Defense is not what its cracked up to be they gave up alot of points! Minnesota will get better each game, the season is long! and the worm has turned, and that is my opinion, The Packers lose and Minnesota will start to be respected as an elite team!

  37. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 15, 2016 5:23 PM

    Bradford is going to PICK YOU APART TO THE BONE!
    You may be too dumb to be nervous, but you should be..

  38. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 15, 2016 5:25 PM

    The truth is Minnesota has a good offense except one position, they haven’t had a decent QB since 2009. That changes this week.

  39. vandalay says: Sep 15, 2016 5:43 PM

    Correct on Zim making rookies earn it.

    Diggs didn’t even play until October last year.

  40. xDocOpsx says: Sep 16, 2016 9:18 AM

    jermainewiggins says:
    Sep 15, 2016 10:30 AM

    Didn’t stop him from dominating the SEC…. funny you say that though because don’t the Packers have the slowest group of WR in terms of their 40 times? THAT’S RIGHT, THEY DO! ouch good try tho.

    Good to see you’re still unemployed.

    ^^^^^^^

    A lot of players are great in college, that doesn’t mean they can be great in the NFL. Ask Christian Ponder.

  41. xDocOpsx says: Sep 16, 2016 9:19 AM

    lambeaudungbarn says:
    Sep 15, 2016 5:25 PM
    The truth is Minnesota has a good offense except one position, they haven’t had a decent QB since 2009. That changes this week.

    ^^^^^^^^^

    They need more help than just a QB.

  42. seth615 says: Sep 16, 2016 4:47 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Sep 15, 2016 12:14 PM
    From his stat line I assumed they accidentally killed him in training camp.
    _________________________________________

    I love how this clown continues to make remarks like this.
    Trash talk all you want, but this is absolutely classless.

    But by all means, hide behind your username and say whatever you want, tough guy.

  43. proat17052 says: Sep 18, 2016 7:52 PM

    What do you call a packer fan with a sheep under his arm?

    A Pimp!

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