Laquon Treadwell, Jarius Wright bide their time

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Receiver Laquon Treadwell, a first-round pick of the Vikings, hasn’t played very much as a rookie. Veteran Jarius Wright, the former No. 1 slot receiver, isn’t playing very much in his fifth NFL season. Both hope things will change.

“It’s just motivation to keep working harder, to keep getting better,” Treadwell said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I’m taking it a day at a time and continuing to learn. I’m still waiting for my time, that’s the biggest thing. Guys put in their time, and the coaches have a feel for what they can do to help the team. I think that relationship will grow.”

Treadwell was active in Week One at Tennessee, but he didn’t play. In Week Two, Treadwell dressed against the Packers, and he made it onto the field for two plays. In Week Three, Treadwell was a healthy scratch.

Coach Mike Zimmer compared Treadwell’s situation to the delayed emergence of Stefon Diggs as a rookie in 2015. Diggs did not play in the Vikings’ first three games of his rookie year.

Zimmer explained that Treadwell needs to work on running pass routes, and that he’s thinking too much when he does.

Wright has been relegated to a single snap through three games, thanks in part to the team’s decision to go with five receivers instead of six.

“My mindset, I’m not going to change who I am just because of the situation,” Wright said, via Tomasson. “I’m going to be Jarius Wright, continue to lead the receivers whether it’s on the field or off the field. I’m a team player first.”

Adam Thielen is the player the team has been using in the slot. Wright’s status sparked speculation that he could be traded or cut before the season began. It likely will take an injury to Thielen or another receiver to get Wright back on the field in Minnesota.

33 responses to “Laquon Treadwell, Jarius Wright bide their time

  1. Great story on Thielen. Small town kid, goes to small home state college. Makes it on his favorite team and works his way up. Making some big plays.

    Rumors were he was getting cut this year. Glad he is doing well.

  2. these 2 are equally talented as Jordy Nelson and he is the packers #1! let’s not forget wright had more catches and yards then Nelson last year. let that sink in!

    #OTyouloseagain

  3. ariani1985 says:
    Sep 28, 2016 11:17 AM
    let’s not forget wright had more catches and yards then Nelson last year. let that sink in!
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    Yep, 7 more catches, 236 more yards and 4 fewer TD’s in 13 more games. Easy to see why you’re so proud. smh

  4. Vikings brass sucks! Better attend Teddy’s summer draft camp next year and try to learn from the master. They can, however, spell B-U-S-T in Minnesota!

  5. Confused by all this lately. They have lost the star RB and brought in a strong passing QB, yet playing these silly games with the receivers. Both of them need to man up and step up or the one good thing they actually have going for them will go to waste….I just don’t understand Minnesota sometimes.

  6. Actually, Diggs was inactive his first three games so he couldn’t have appeared in two plays. From that standpoint, Treadwell is ahead of where Diggs was last year because at least he’s been active. The difference is that Diggs made an immediate splash in training camp and the preseason, whereas Treadwell hasn’t done much to stand out even in practice. Diggs came into the NFL knowing how to run routes but I guess Treadwell isn’t there yet. Once he can run routes at game speed, I’m sure he will be a very good receiver for the Vikings. It might take until next year before he makes a major contribution.

  7. IMO Johnson needs to go. For as big and fast as he is, he just can’t seem to create separation in man coverage and can’t find holes in zone coverage. 2-1st rd. picks riding the pines for a guy who was cut by Cleve and GB. Patterson seems to have his head on this year, let him play more, he would put a stress on the D much more than Johnson can. Treadwell admittedly likes to block, put him out there at times to help the run game. CJ just seems a waste of time and a body on the field.

  8. People keep saying that Zimmer likes to bring rookies along slowly, but that isn’t always the case. Kendricks played right away last year and they even traded Hodges in Week 4 and made Kendricks the starter. Barr was a starter from Day One. Hunter was extremely raw last year but got regular playing time. Mackensie Alexander was rotating in against Carolina Sunday. Teddy was supposed to sit his rookie year but Zimmer had no trouble putting him in when Cassel got hurt. David Morgan is getting playing time this year. Mycole Pruitt played a lot last year. Diggs was inactive the first three games but was their top receiver from week 4 on.

    I think it’s more that Zimmer plays the guys that he trusts regardless of how long they’ve been in the league. The only guys who are really being brought along slowly are the last two first-round picks. Waynes didn’t play much last year but he’s playing a lot this year. He has all the talent in the world but Zimmer wants to see the proper technique. Treadwell is obviously a good receiver based on his college tape but he hasn’t mastered all the different route combinations there are in the NFL. It takes some rookies longer than others, but talent usually comes out in the end.

  9. Cordarelle Patterson….
    Charles Johnson…
    Jarius Wright…
    Stephon Diggs…
    Laquon Treadwell…

    Every year the Vikings churn out their next WR1. Then the next year that player is forgotten about and replaced by someone else.

  10. TheTreadwell issue is route running and WRs that came from college systems that didn’t mandate strict route running in their systems. Diggs wasn’t played or active till after the first four games either, and now is a very effective route runner. With Johnson struggling, I suspect we’ll see Treadwell soon enough.

    Wright is effective only in the slot, Diggs has been taking snaps in the slot this year, and Thielen has really come on (and is more versatile). The real story here isn’t Treadwell, as that was expected, but instead that Thielen and Diggs have played well enough to bench the Vikes highest paid WR. If this is a problem as some have noted above, it’s a hell of a nice one to have.

  11. The real mystery here is why Charles Johnson remains the starter opposite Diggs. Since the end of 2014, Johnson has done next to nothing, his only significant play coming in Chicago last season to set up the game winning field goal. Jarius Wright is far more accomplished than Johnson, and right now, seems like a more reliable choice. Wright has consistently produced during his tenure in Minnesota. I know Johnson is taller, but he’s just not delivering results. Patterson has looked more impressive at WR in limited action than Johnson has.

    My guess is that Wright ends up traded if the Vikings can pick up some OL help in exchange, but at this point, I’d really rather see Johnson traded.

  12. Zimmer knows his defense like no other….I’ll stop after that because with the 31st rated offense, no matter the injuries, Treadwell and Cpat should be on the field more and they are not. Zimmer is a great coach but has shown and admitted to know little about offense, Take the reigns off coach

  13. fwippel says:
    Sep 28, 2016 12:45 PM

    The real mystery here is why Charles Johnson remains the starter opposite Diggs. Since the end of 2014, Johnson has done next to nothing, his only significant play coming in Chicago last season to set up the game winning field goal.
    ))))))))))))))))))))
    I agree Johnson has been very disappointing thus far this season. But in all fairness he broke his rib last year.Maybe they will sit him this week to get his attention.

  14. Johnson broke his rib last year but he was supposed to be healed this year and ready to break out. I don’t know what his problem is but he’s going to be out of the league if he doesn’t step it up a lot.

  15. IMO they will wait until mid season, when the other receivers need a rest or are injured. When he finally gets in he is going to be a monster and destroy a few d-backs.

  16. Zimmer does seem to bring rookies along slowly. Sadly, the purples take this as some kind of insult. It’s not. It’s the smart play by Zimmer.

    Way too many rookies get thrown to the wolves right away by a desperate coach, get their confidence crushed, and never reach their potential.

    Zimmer is 3 – 0. He has literally nothing to gain by rushing rookies along. But he has a lot to gain, long term, by making sure they’re ready before throwing them out there.

  17. It is called depth of talent to those of you that do not understand. Minnesotas players on the Bench would be starting for about 80% of the other teams out there!
    It started with The Vikings fantastic Scout team, finding talent that gets overlooked by other teams.
    Next is Trade Ricks ability to get extra players in the drafts.
    Next is the extra time Zimmer and his assistants take with the young players, allowing them to sit and learn by watching, It is how the College teams that are always in the Championship hunt do it.
    It is pretty funny how the Packer fan posters have changed their tune now that they know Minnesota has a better team, picking on individual players..
    Pretty funny to watch..

  18. Didn’t HOF QB Rodgers ride the pine for 3-4 years before he got his shot? Let a player learn before he gets thrown into the deep end.

    BTW, it’s refreshing to read a thoughtful, respectful comment from Cabbage. Thank you.

  19. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Sep 28, 2016 2:00 PM

    Zimmer does seem to bring rookies along slowly. Sadly, the purples take this as some kind of insult. It’s not. It’s the smart play by Zimmer.
    __________

    You finally have something intelligent to say but you can’t say it without taking a shot at Viking fans, not a single one of which is disagreeing with you. Every single comment on this issue talks about how Zimmer likes to bring the young guys along slowly and it’s working out great.

  20. “Wright has been relegated to a single snap through three games, thanks in part to the team’s decision to go with five receivers instead of six.”

    Huh? He’d play more if there was one more (not one less) WR on the team?

  21. You would think with a receiver only going over 75 yards twice so far this season for the Vikings and both times it was Diggs. Treadwell would be able to be able to get on the field, but heck he hasn’t even been told to suit up for 2 of the games. That’s not the kind of start you want for a 1st round pick.

  22. tremoluxman says:

    Didn’t HOF QB Rodgers ride the pine for 3-4 years before he got his shot? Let a player learn before he gets thrown into the deep end.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Exactly. I firmly believe that Rodgers benefited from his time on the bench. Heck, he himself will tell you that. He says he learned a ton from Favre about arm strength and how to throw “darts.” Had he been thrown in right away by a desperate coach, it all could have been different. I believe that it would have been different. I’m glad I’ll never know.

    Rookies, at any position, should only start if they are an exceptional talent… especially between the ears. It should be an absolute rarity.

  23. Can any of these receivers play running back?? Just kidding… The draft is always so much fun when everyone in the first round gets compared to an all time great. Tredwell was compared to Jerry Rice lol.

  24. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Sep 28, 2016 1:18 PM
    Treadslow sure looks like another Viking bust.
    —-
    A packer fan with an opinion. Hmmm, special.

    At 2-1 with near losses to the jags and lions you really have no voice. Quiet now.

  25. The Vikings beat the Titans, and a slow starting Panthers and Packers teams and want to talk about “how great they are”

    No one wins a Superbowl in September, many Viking fans should know that after numerous fast starts in the franchise’s history and no Lombardi trophies to show for it.

  26. Shaggy
    the packers supposedly righted the ship with a nail biter win over the Lions. The Lions had been giving up 406 yards of offense a game until they played the packers. Rodgers and the packers managed 324 yards of offense. Good dream is right again.

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