Laquon Treadwell won’t play until he practices better

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Through three games of the season, Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell is one of this year’s most disappointing first-round rookies: He dressed but didn’t play in Week One, got on the field for only two snaps in Week Two, and was inactive in Week Three.

So what will it take for Treadwell to start playing?

“He has to continue to do better in practice,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “He’s working, just biding his time until he gets an opportunity like how [Stefon] Diggs was last year. I still think he’s thinking about the number of steps to take on each route and things like that, being at the right depth.”

When the Vikings took Treadwell with the 23rd overall pick in the draft, they surely thought he could make an immediate contribution to their offense. Instead, he’s a bench warmer. Zimmer seems confident that Treadwell will eventually prove on the practice field that he belongs on the field on Sundays, but that hasn’t happened yet.

51 responses to “Laquon Treadwell won’t play until he practices better

  1. Not concerned about Treadwell at all. Zimmer took it slow with Barr, Bridgewater, Kendricks, Diggs, Hunter and Waynes too. All have shown they have what it takes.

  2. One of the many benefits of great drafting and free agency moves every year.. You don’t have to rush, or depend, on your rookies and you can actually develop them. Keep up the good work Rick and Zimmer.

  3. I don’t no why we keep spending high draft picks on wide receivers!

    We could have used that pick on a running back!

    This guy may never play.

    Gotta keep the faith, tho, even tho we only beet GB by three at home!

    We’d be 9-0 right now if it weren’t for injeres!

    SKOL!

  4. How does someone who probably played football since peewee then drafted in the first round not have routes figured out? Something is not right there. And waiting for what exactly…that didn’t make a lot of sense.

  5. This is a good coach. Sets high standards and regardless of your draft spot, you do perform in practice you dont play.
    Mental M McCarthy is the opposite. His top picks play even though many suck because he doesnt want his boss Ted the moron to look bad.
    Richard Rogers is a bust TE. Davant Adams catches one in three balls but they are the go to guys when much better players are on the bench who deserve to play.
    Thus, totally different approach to coaching and guess which coach is winning that battle?

  6. That is one thing about Zim. He doesn’t throw a rookie out until he is ready. Diggs didn’t play in the first 4 games last year. I think he is just fine.

    Waynes didn’t play much either last year. Is he great? No, but doing pretty good.

    I am sure when Tredwell is ready, he will be playing.

  7. My Packers should trade for this guy. We would start him. At corner back. Or head coach.

  8. What did I tell you? Maybe someday, but he will not be a difference-maker this year. The college backs he was successful against can’t hold a candle to the people he sees in practice everyday.

  9. We have more concern about the Packers choking than ours Vikings. Lol

    We got enough play makers, don’t need to rush. Zim and Spielman are drafting for future, and year after year each player stepped up. Go Vikes!

  10. numba1minnysportsfan says:

    I don’t no why we keep spending high draft picks on wide receivers!

    It could be worse. We could have used our last 5 first round picks on defenders and still have the NFLs 15th ranked defense like Green Bay. I don’t know if the guy running their draft stinks or their coaching stinks (personally, I think it’s both) but that would be the absolute worst.

  11. How does someone who probably played football since peewee then drafted in the first round not have routes figured out? Something is not right there. And waiting for what exactly…that didn’t make a lot of sense.
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    The majority of NCAA offenses are much simpler that the NFL. Why run a dig route when you can beat the opponent over and over with a two route combo of screens and go routes?

    Here’s Treadwell’s 2015 routes by type. Slant/Screen 28%, Curl 25%, Go route 24%. That’s over 75% of his routes performed running the most basic of routes.

    If you compare that to guys like Tajee Sharpe and Sterling Shepard it’s night and day. They ran a wide variety of routes in college and it shows in the NFL.

    That doesn’t mean Treadwell will never learn, it’s just going to take longer. Treadwell is so young that he could spend three years learning and still be the same age as Josh Doctson is now.

  12. Message to Packer fans. We have more concern about the Packers choking than Vikings.

    We got enough play makers, don’t need to rush. Zim and Spielman are drafting for future, and year after year each player stepped up. Go Vikes!

  13. Shocking to read the comments…… these few Viking fans are clowns is they think it’s a positive sign that your 1st round pick WR is a bench-warmer.

    There’s nothing good coming out of this right now….. this is flat out BAD NEWS for the team.

  14. Zimmer and Turner don’t like rookies. They want to break their bad college technique before they play. Just like Waynes, Barr, Kendricks and Hunter. Get used to it Vikes fans.

  15. What did I tell you? Maybe someday, but he will not be a difference-maker this year. The college backs he was successful against can’t hold a candle to the people he sees in practice everyday.

    You mean the SEC corners aren’t as good as the 3 best corners in the NFCN? We’ll see Treadwell later this year, especially if Johnson doesn’t pick it up. But he’s stuck in a deep WR group and like the other receivers, has had little to no time to work with Bradford. Add that to learning a new offense and the math is fairly easy to do.

  16. brian55906 says:
    Sep 27, 2016 11:46 AM
    Shocking to read the comments…… these few Viking fans are clowns is they think it’s a positive sign that your 1st round pick WR is a bench-warmer.

    There’s nothing good coming out of this right now….. this is flat out BAD NEWS for the team.

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    This isn’t news at all that he isn’t playing yet. It is generally what Zimmer does with his young players. I don’t think anyone sees it as a “positive sign” I think we just see it as business as usual. If he is still a healthy scratch in week 10 then maybe it says something…in week three on a 3-0 team it says nothing at all that he isn’t playing.

  17. The nonsense (hater) talk about another bust drafted in the first round needs to stop. Same stuff was being mentioned last year when Trae Waynes was drafted and didn’t play any meaningful snaps until very late in the year and playoffs.

    Last week with the 4 headed monster Rhodes, Newman, Waynes and Munnerlyn they held Funchess and Benjamin to 0, yes, ZERO catches in Carolina. Going back to last years playoff game Trae Waynes has 3 interceptions in his last 4 games.

    We can afford time right now to let Treadwell get comfortable. He’s not playing because he’s in the doghouse or because of his lack of desire. If he is thinking about his routes and he is not on the same page 100% of the time with Bradford then there is no rush to force it and end up like Troy Williamson.

    When the kids ready Zimmer will let him shine. Look at Cordarrelle. Every hater out there has considered him a bust. Yes, he hasn’t turned out to be a #1 WR but he is the best kickoff returned in the game. Had a tremendous game this past week as a gunner on special teams pinning Carolina deep in it’s own territory multiple times with either a tackle or downing the ball.

    This team is about putting players in the best position to win. If you don’t understand that then please keep moving along, you don’t belong here.

  18. It’s awfully hard to second guess Zim when the team is 3-0. However, are you telling me he wouldn’t do at least as good as Johnson, who has 3 catches for 20 yards this year?

  19. Please give Zimmer another contract extension to 2046. You have to EARN your spot, kids. Nothing is taken for granted. Cordarrelle Patterson might just be getting this through his skull this year. Zim is the NFC Bill Belichick. When Treadwell is ready to start, he will score touchdowns. It will be fun to watch.

  20. Not concerned about Treadwell at all. Zimmer took it slow with Barr, Bridgewater, Kendricks, Diggs, Hunter and Waynes too. All have shown they have what it takes.
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    Ahh…Barr has started since day one, Bridgewater on the field by week 3, Kendricks was on the field since week one, starting since week 4………..Waynes was behind a bunch of depth at CB spot, Hunter you just don’t usually start a 4th round pick. Where Zim has been slow is helping the receivers that have been drafted, Treadwell, C.pat, Diggs, Wright, for some reason cant seem to get in the line up, quite puzzling

  21. Treadwell has big-time talent but it takes more than that for Zimmer and especially when it comes to WRs. Ask Cordarelle Patterson about that.

  22. Ahh…Barr has started since day one, Bridgewater on the field by week 3, Kendricks was on the field since week one, starting since week 4………..Waynes was behind a bunch of depth at CB spot, Hunter you just don’t usually start a 4th round pick. Where Zim has been slow is helping the receivers that have been drafted, Treadwell, C.pat, Diggs, Wright, for some reason cant seem to get in the line up, quite puzzling

    Bridgewater only played due to injury. The plan was to hold him out for the year. Barr was a situational pass rusher early on and rapidly improved. The plan wasn’t to have him start either. Waynes has earned all of his playing time and Zimmer is widely regarded as the best DB coach in the league. He was brought along slowly. Hunter was a 3rd round pick and started getting time as soon as he was ready toward the end of last year. Zimmer has said that he was ahead of schedule too. Diggs was a 5th round pick. He was brought along slowly until injuries forced him into action.

    Wright has been on the team for years and has been a very good slot reveiver. The Vikings have developed Theilen (undrafted) and to some degree Patterson and Wright is just buried on the depth chart by superior talent.

    Under Zimmer, the Vikings bring along every rookie slowly until they either earn playing time or an injury forces them into action.

  23. the vikings don’t play rookies much. Diggs, Wayne’s, Bridgewater, Treadwell, Kendricks all sat for a while until Zim can get them playing the way he wants to. That’s the benefit of lots of depth

  24. Our inactives are often better than the other team starters. Other than QB, the depth on this team is unbelievable. Once Teddy is healthy we have depth there too. It really is better football….for better people.

  25. The team is deep at WR. Go figure. Why would they put him in when guys down the roster make catches like Thielen did on Sunday???….veteran guys that Sam trusts will be exactly where they need to be every play..

  26. well, we gave Waynes a year to learn and he’s playing better than any other corner green bay has to offer.

    Also. we’re 3-0.

  27. I’m not worried about Treadwell…..yet. Zimmer is as old school as they come. And back in the day, is was common for a rookie to sit and learn his first year. Zimmer will bring Treadwell along slowly, and only put him in when he’s confident that he’ll be in the right place 100% of the time.

  28. Zim is just a good coach. He’s showing a loudmouth rookie he’s not the only person on the team. And the fact that there winning without him should humble him

  29. Unless you see Treadwell at full practice every day, sit in on meetings, talk to him personally, hear his coaches talk to him, or hear his QB’s evaluation, then you have no basis to draw conclusions about his skills, intelligence, or attitude. All else is speculation and opinion.

  30. dreadnok89 says:
    Sep 27, 2016 1:57 PM

    Zim is just a good coach. He’s showing a loudmouth rookie he’s not the only person on the team. And the fact that there winning without him should humble him
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    I beg to differ with your assessment of Treadwell as a “loudmouth rookie.” There’s been no indication that Treadwell needs humbling or has been making a lot of noise that he should be playing. Zimmer is just taking it slow with the guy until he can show he can play at NFL speed in a game.

  31. contra74 says:
    Sep 27, 2016 5:06 PM
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 27, 2016 2:44 PM
    So, he’s not good at counting??
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    He can count 3-0

    I bet you can count 2-1

    0 0

  32. GUISE!

    Don’t u remember last yere? The Packers were 6-0 and then injeres struck!

    Why are we being so airigant that we are bragging by only beeting them by 3 at home?

    Isn’t the home feeld advantage only 3 points?

  33. “numba1minnysportsfan says: I don’t no why we keep spending high draft picks on wide receivers! We could have used that pick on a running back! This guy may never play. Gotta keep the faith, tho, even tho we only beet GB by three at home! We’d be 9-0 right now if it weren’t for injeres! SKOL!”

    Apparently somebody in Whiskey-onsin is butt-hurt their favorite team is on the slippery downhill slope. Welcome to the next decade of NFL obscurity.

  34. Zimmer is going to play the players who give the team the best shot at winning. It’s a pretty simple formula, not a lot of thought required.

  35. With Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph and Stefon Diggs playing as well as they have there is absolutely no reason to rush Treadwell into the game, and that does not even take into account the fact that Patterson is greatly improved.

  36. Trolls on here saying he is a bust or not any good do not understand how Zimmer operates. He dictates when they play not their draft order.

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