Pat Shurmur expects “great improvements” from Laquon Treadwell

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In 2015, fifth-round Vikings rookie receiver Stefon Diggs had a major impact in his first season. In 2016, first-round Vikings rookie receiver Laquon Treadwell did not.

With offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur going from “interim” to “permanent” (as permanent as the job ever is), Shurmur expects Treadwell to take a major step in 2017.

“[Treadwell] is going to be like any young player that’s going from year one to year two. This is going to be an offseason that is very critical,” Shurmur recently said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “He’s had a chance now to go through the process once. He’ll have a feel for what it’s going to feel like and we’re anticipating he’s going to come back and be raring to go and make great improvements.”

Treadwell, the fourth receiver taken in round one last April, had one catch for 15 yards in nine games with one start. A hamstring injury and an ankle injury marred the balance of his rookie year. Shurmur nevertheless sees the glass as half full.

“He came in and kind of had little nagging things that kind of kept him from full-time early,” Shurmur said. “But when he got in the games the things he did well when he got in the game, he didn’t get targeted often, but he blocked well and he competed. That’s really the starting point for any young player.”

Treadwell arrived with the size and strength to allow former offensive coordinator Norv Turner to bring back the “Bang 8.” Early in camp, Treadwell showed a willingness to mix things up. Ultimately, it was a major disappointment, in all respects.

And so at a time when plenty of rookie receivers make an immediate impact, Treadwell’s rookie year falls squarely into the “disappointment” category. Whether he clicks with Shurmur’s new-look offense will go a long way toward determining whether the Vikings get a return on their investment.

50 responses to “Pat Shurmur expects “great improvements” from Laquon Treadwell

  1. Generally if a player can double his production from year 1 to year 2, it’s considered to be a huge jump. For Treadwell, his huge jump would get him to 2 catches for 30 yards.

    On the bright side, this confirms that giving up their 1st round pick for Bradford was a good move.

  2. Well, I would hope so.
    1 catch for 15 yards, in a meaningless game in November, adds up to your season totals??? Sorry, total.
    Maybe he just had a hard time getting in the flow of things, you know, with the Vikings being such an offensive juggernaut last season.
    skoLOL!!!

  3. or anything. although learning a new playbook and having it quit on you 5 weeks in must be a unique learning curve for any rookie.

    cut Patterson, Wright and Johnson

    start over with Thielen, Treadwell, Diggs and a few rookies maybe with a free agent addition and move on.

  4. Last year was just a dumpster fire and one of the weirdest years ever. Treadwell’s lack of production was just crazy, no matter how bad he might be. He might have some success next year, but he isn’t going to move ahead of Adam Thielen, who is the poster boy for year-to-year improvement as a wide receiver.

  5. Great improvements….I’m not sure that it is even possible for this guy who was supposedly going to be rookie of the year and a sure fire #1 WR. He was the missing piece to the Teddy Bilgewater dumpster fire of an offense.

    Treadwell did manage to have 2 more balls thrown his way than Isaac Freuchte but I can’t imagine that happening this year as Freuchte made more progress and has better measurables.

    As it stands I would expect Freuchte to move up to the top 5-6 WRs on the roster and that is going to leave Treadwell on the bubble.

    The GM should just admit he’s a fool for reaching for this guy. He would have been better drafting Geronimo Allison in round one and then he would at least have a rookie who could contribute something.

  6. But he killed it in the playoffs – right?

    I mean they were 5-0 – teams that are 5-0 just don’t miss the playoffs. Unless they choke.

  7. I’m glad my chiefs took Tyreek hill in the 5th round instead of Treadwell in round 1.

    Sorry to say but Treadwell looks like he was overdrafted. I remember when the chiefs drafted John Baldwin in round 1 and he never developed into a productive NFL wideout.

  8. Treadwell suffered by not being healthy last off-season. As a rookie, that time is critical to get up to speed on the NFL game. Most WRs need a full season at least to adjust to the NFL game from college, but Treadwell missed out on the off-season and training camp, and it’s just hard to make that up during the season, especially with on-going nagging injuries.

    Hopefully he will be healthy this off-season and have a break-out year. He certainly has the skills and talent to be a great WR in the NFL.

  9. He was the 4th WR taken in the draft, yet the one the Vikes wanted at all costs. Boy were those Vikings fans all giggly when they heard Roger read that name.

    Know we know why they shouldn’t have been.
    (Actually, we knew that long ago, too).

  10. Improvement can be any thing you want it to be, that’s not setting the bar too high. He played only 15 snaps over a 17 game season so nobody has to go too far out on a limb to say he should show improvement.

    The real problem is two fold, one their offensive line stinks (Problem #1) so it puts a real premium on speed to get open, that’s problem #2 considering Tradeslow got his Internet nickname because of his lack of speed.

    The real issue is whether the Vikings want to give him an open ended timeframe since he doesn’t play special teams for essentially what is another first round Rick Speilman draft bust. Maybe even worse than picking Christian Ponder if you even care to try to make out which one was the biggest mistake.

  11. Not too worried about it at this point. The Vikings have been notorious for bringing rookies along incredibly (and painfully) slow under Zimmer. It’s kind of annoying, honestly.

    Treadwell was still coming off of a major injury, adjusting to two polar opposite offenses as a rookie, and playing for a team that doesn’t like to play rookies. I imagine Treadwell and Thielen will be on the outside with Diggs and Patterson (hopefully) working underneath next year. If Treadwell doesn’t be emerge this season, the alarm bells will start to go off.

  12. Meanwhile in gb the packers are trying to convert a WR to RB. So far hasn’t been good 3 rushing td’s for the year. And no receiving td’s which seems kind of odd for a former WR. In the playoff he was ineffective with 64 yards in 2 games. 17 yards in their 44-21 blowout loss to the Falcons.

  13. packer trolls talking about draft busts. Will TT be drafting more basketball players in the first round to play CB for the packers this spring?

  14. Treadwell will be fine. He won’t get past Theilen or Diggs into the starting lineup, but it is very easy to see him getting past Charles Johnson, and becoming the third receiver. Jarius Wright likely being released because of his contract and Patterson is likely gone in free-agency.

    Not happy about those last two leaving, but Treadwell has the talent to become an Anquan Bolden type receiver.

  15. fwippel says:
    Feb 21, 2017 2:23 PM

    Not happy about those last two leaving, but Treadwell has the talent to become an Anquan Bolden type receiver.

    =============================

    Anquan had 101 catches for 1337 yards and 8 TD’s in his rookie season with Jeff Blake and Josh McCown throwing him the rock.

    Stop, just stop.

  16. packer trolls talking about draft busts. Will TT be drafting more basketball players in the first round to play CB for the packers this spring?
    ——–
    Again the irony. Our first rounders actually played and contributed. Yours sat on the bench.

  17. fmc651 says:
    Feb 21, 2017 2:07 PM

    Meanwhile in gb the packers are trying to convert a WR to RB. So far hasn’t been good 3 rushing td’s for the year. And no receiving td’s which seems kind of odd for a former WR. In the playoff he was ineffective with 64 yards in 2 games. 17 yards in their 44-21 blowout loss to the Falcons.
    ———————
    How effective were the viking receivers in the playoffs this year?

  18. History isn’t on his side. How many 1st, rounders (at any position) wash out first year then come back to make an impact? Players like Thielen don’t count. He wasn’t ‘expected’ to make any team yet might be the best WR on the roster. CP84? Good rookie year, washed out, swallowed his pride and made a football player out of himself. I hope the Vikes keep him.

    Poor kid has two strikes against him already. Hope he can beat the odds. Problem is, MN has too many projects and don’t need another. Verdict: Sadness.

  19. Viking fans excuses for why Treadwell didn’t play his rookie year is hilarious. He didn’t play because, when healthy, the coaches didn’t think he was an improvement over the players in front of him. It is that simple.

  20. yeah your first rounders contributed in a 44-21 blow out. Nice work Diggs roasted your first rounder that is why you team lost. Don’t try to whitewash a bad pick.

  21. I guess the only time he showed a pulse was when he mixed it up in training camp lol, at least CP 84 is trash as a wideout, but he can return punts/kr lol.

  22. Wow, and they call Nelson Agholor a super bust in Philly for only having around 33 catches each year for the first two.

    Thanks Vikings for the top 15 pick back!

  23. The reason he didn’t play is pretty simple, he couldn’t beat a 5th round pick who was on the all rookie team in 2015 (and torched the Pack in week 3), nor could be beat out an undrafted FA that dang near had 1,000 yards receiving last year (and torched the Pack in week 15). Spielman just did too good of a job drafting in the lower rounds and signing street free agents — a problem I can live with just fine. One thing the Vikings don’t have is a WR problem.

  24. Does great improvement mean hes allowed to suit up for games ?

    Or put up 20x the numbers he did last year so he could have 20 catches for 300 yards.

    Plenty of 1st round WR have disappointing seasons, but its usually because of an injury. The reason this is more worrysome… is because the Vikings have drafted Headache Harvin and Patterson who while he finally has shown a LITTLE something, and the 2nd 3rd and 4th round draft picks be worth what he produces.

  25. purpleguy says:
    Feb 21, 2017 4:04 PM
    The reason he didn’t play is pretty simple, he couldn’t beat a 5th round pick who was on the all rookie team in 2015 (and torched the Pack in week 3), nor could be beat out an undrafted FA that dang near had 1,000 yards receiving last year (and torched the Pack in week 15). Spielman just did too good of a job drafting in the lower rounds and signing street free agents — a problem I can live with just fine. One thing the Vikings don’t have is a WR problem.
    ———————-
    The Barneys had one of the worst offenses in the entire NFL last season.
    They struggled to move the ball with any sense of consistency, and after week 5 when they weren’t getting bailed out from their defense/special teams they simply struggled to score.

    Don’t keep implying that he couldn’t get on the field because there was just too much talent in front of him.
    You know, a professional NFL offense can actually get more than 2 wide receivers involved in their game plan.
    You’re making yourself look silly.

  26. pkrlvr says:
    Feb 21, 2017 2:40 PM
    packer trolls talking about draft busts. Will TT be drafting more basketball players in the first round to play CB for the packers this spring?
    ——–
    Again the irony. Our first rounders actually played and contributed. Yours sat on the bench.
    —–
    See Aaron Rodgers years 1-4

  27. contra74 says:
    Feb 22, 2017 10:39 AM
    pkrlvr says:
    Feb 21,
    Again the irony. Our first rounders actually played and contributed. Yours sat on the bench.
    —–
    See Aaron Rodgers years 1-4
    =====

    Please tell me what first ballot HOFers at WR were keeping Treadwell off the field while he learns and develops, like Rodgers waiting behind Favre

  28. Zimmer cannot evaluate offensive players or coach rookies up to perform. His weaknesses have been revealed as a head coach and he must hire, like an leader, to compensate for those weaknesses. Shurmer must fill these gaps or the Vikings are doomed. That said I think if Zimmer recognizes these facts and makes adjustments he is still the guy the Vikings need as a head coach.

  29. Everyone saying Treadwell was the biggest bust last year please go find me a Josh Doctson highlight, considering he was drafted ahead of Treadwell.

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