Laquon Treadwell back to practice, learning how to “be a true receiver”

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Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell‘s attempt to improve on a disappointing rookie season took a hit in one of the first training camp practices when he injured his hamstring.

Treadwell missed more than two weeks as a result of the injury, but has returned to practice in a limited fashion. That will give him a chance to continue work on sharpening his technique.

On Tuesday, Treadwell said he was always talented enough to win battles with opponents at lower levels, but has learned that he needs to do more to succeed at the highest level.

“I was good enough,” Treadwell said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “It’s just, when it was time to win at certain points in my route, I didn’t have the formula. Watching [Stefon] Diggs and watching [Adam] Thielen, they were very technical. That’s why they were able to beat guys consistently. I didn’t know how to win. That was my biggest thing: I knew I could win. I just didn’t know how. I spent a lot of time learning how to play — be a true receiver, instead of just relying on God-given talent and ability.”

Treadwell isn’t the first player to learn that the things that worked before won’t work in the NFL without refinement and improvement. Some succeed at honing their games while others can’t make the transition happen and it looks like Treadwell’s chances of a better second season will have a lot to do with where he falls on that spectrum.

30 responses to “Laquon Treadwell back to practice, learning how to “be a true receiver”

  1. The first step is understanding what you need to do to improve your game. Some athletes think they are a finished product when they arrive in the NFL. This improves his odds greatly of succeeding in the NFL.

  2. Did he get speed replacement surgery? If not he’s going to have a hard time in the NFL because he isn’t good running routes, isn’t fast enough to outrun a LB and apparently can’t make the adjustments NFL receivers need to make during a play to be successful.

    Should have been drafted in the 20th round. Then his one catch for every round of the draft career would be that much better.

  3. According to the bandwagon to the east, he’s a bust.
    However, an act of mooning that clown-base in lambeau would instantly make him my favorite WR.

  4. You’d think Spielman would have figured this out, too, before wasting a first round draft pick on this dud.

    Then again, it’s how they do things in Minnysoda (Barr, Wayne’s, Kalil, etc.)

  5. Well hopefully he turns out better than Troy Williamson. So far he isn’t, and that isn’t too high of a bar. I hope you put in the work to be successful.

  6. Well, at least he’s figured out that he has areas where he needs to get better. If he doesn’t stay on the field for the rest of the preseason, he may end up losing snaps to that rookie (Stacey Coley) who made a couple of very impressive plays against the Bills last week.

  7. Not exactly a vikes fan but this guy was a damn beast in college. And he was playing in the all mighty SEC. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t turn it around somewhat. At that size, all he’s gotta do is get 500-800 yards a year and then win a bunch of goal line battles to be valuable for a decade

  8. I don’t know how anybody can call this kid a bust (yet). Jordy Nelson didn’t produce until year three, although that was largely due to talent in front of him. If my broken old brain remembers right, Donald Driver also “came on” in his third year. Last year (his best yet) was Davante Adams’ third year as well. There are several more, throughout the league. Three seems to be the magic number for receivers, outside of those that are so incredibly gifted or hardworking that they “bust out” sooner.

    Let us remain factual. If Treadwell is still terrible this year, maybe then he’s a bust; but not yet.

  9. he’s getting outplayed right now by rookie 5th round and 6th round draft picks.

    Hopefully he can turn it around immediately, otherwise he’s just coming off as yet another spoiled millennial that doesn’t know how to work hard when facing diversity and are used to everyone always holding their hand and being all duckies and bunnies all the time. Welcome to the real world Laquon!

    I’d say trade him for an offensive tackle by the deadline if he does get it together. Coley and Adams have already shown more deserving of a roster spot.

  10. Liberalsruineverything says:
    August 16, 2017 at 9:25 am
    Cheesers calling Treadwell a bust already is funny. Number 4 wideouts look like HOFers against their defense.
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    It kind of makes you wonder why the Packers never feel threatened by the Vikings, doesn’t it?

  11. bmorepositive123 said:
    Not exactly a vikes fan but this guy was a damn beast in college. And he was playing in the all mighty SEC. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t turn it around somewhat. At that size, all he’s gotta do is get 500-800 yards a year and then win a bunch of goal line battles to be valuable for a decade

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    With Bradford under center, he’ll need 100 catches just to reach 500 receiving yards.

  12. Rookie WRs are rarely successful, particularly coming off an injury like Treadwell had in college. Combine that with the fact that Theilen and Diggs excelled, the O-line was in shambles, and there is at least some rationale for his lousy year. However, the cheeser above is right, he’s not a speed deamon, and if he doesn’t run precise routes and get out of breaks clean, he will struggle. The jury is definitely out on this guy. The Vikes are lucky they unearthed a street free agent gem in Theilen.

  13. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    August 16, 2017 at 9:35 am
    I don’t know how anybody can call this kid a bust (yet). Jordy Nelson didn’t produce until year three, although that was largely due to talent in front of him. If my broken old brain remembers right, Donald Driver also “came on” in his third year. Last year (his best yet) was Davante Adams’ third year as well. There are several more, throughout the league. Three seems to be the magic number for receivers, outside of those that are so incredibly gifted or hardworking that they “bust out” sooner.

    Let us remain factual. If Treadwell is still terrible this year, maybe then he’s a bust; but not yet.3

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    None of the receivers you mentioned were first round picks for the Packers.

  14. irishgary says:
    August 16, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    None of the receivers you mentioned were first round picks for the Packers.

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    I know… but that doesn’t change the fact that it seems to take all but a few receivers three years to come into their own. If Treadwell fails, it will certainly sting Spielman worse than having a late-round/UDFA fail but that’s about the only thing that makes his draft spot relevant.

    And…

    @ Frazier28/7… I tried to thank you for your efforts but the mods apparently aren’t having any of that.

  15. packer fans here to troll leave out the fact Treadwell asked the Vikings to go on IR because of an injury he received in college.

  16. Some guys take longer to develop. He said it himself, he was relying on innate talent rather than taking the time to refine the technical skills to be true receiver. Guys get caught up in that at every position.

    Hopefully he can pull it together and contribute this year. Here’s some guys who were awful their first year(s) but turned out to be pretty good. Arian Foster, Priest Holmes, Alex Smith, Wes Welker, Eli & Peyton, the list goes on.

  17. Wasnt a fan of this draft selection myself but im not a college/pro scout either. I gotta say that he has never “popped” to me if/when hes on the field and im already assuming Flyod will eventually replace him on the depth chart. Lets hope im wrong?

  18. If Treadwell can’t make an impact this season.. some kind of impact, then he’s likely to be gone. And he’d definitely be a bust.

  19. I’m always the voice of reason… to those that are reasonable. Those that aren’t reasonable, I have my fun with. I’ve never once made any of you look foolish. All I’ve ever done is provide you with opportunities to make fools of yourselves… and you just can’t help yourselves. You dive right in. Who’s fault is that?

  20. Do you know the biggest difference between Treadslow and Troy Williamson, their other first round pick at WR (at #7 overall), the Vikings didn’t leave Aaron Rodgers in the Green Room when they wasted the first round pick on Treadslow.

    So they have that going for them.

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