Mike Zimmer says wide receiver Laquon Treadwell needs to “get out of his own way”

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Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell was the 23rd overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Despite his first-round selection by the Minnesota Vikings, Treadwell has struggled to be productive through his first two seasons in the NFL.

Speaking at the NFL Combine on Thursday, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said that Treadwell needs to stop incurring the self-inflicted problems that have plagued him through the first two seasons.

Laquon needs to get out of his own way,” Zimmer said, via the Daily Norseman. “He’s a guy that works extremely hard, probably doesn’t do things the right way all the time. We’ll be in training camp and he’ll run the stadium steps at night, which is not helping for practice the next day. But he thinks he’s trying to get better; he’s trying to get better. He’s just going about it the wrong way. He needs to get out of his own way and let this thing play out.”

After having just one catch as a rookie, Treadwell caught just 20 passes for 200 yards in year two as Adam Thelien and Stefon Diggs were the primary targets for Case Keenum and Sam Bradford throughout the season. Jarius Wright had 18 catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns despite playing half the snaps on offense (254 to 500) that Treadwell did last season.

The good news is that Treadwell isn’t falling short for lack of effort. Wide receivers moving from college to the pros can run into issues making the transition as well. The Vikings will have to hope that Treadwell can find a better means of channeling his effort in hopes of living up to his status as a former first-round pick.

32 responses to “Mike Zimmer says wide receiver Laquon Treadwell needs to “get out of his own way”

  1. If what Zimmer says is true, and if Treadwell is willing to put in the work (and it seems that he is), then the problem apparently lies with the coaches. If Treadwell is “going about it the wrong way,” isn’t it the job of the coaches to show him the right way? Isn’t it the coaches’ job to make sure his efforts are directed appropriately and correctly? If Treadwell is willing to do the work, then it’s the responsibility of the coaches to make sure that work is channeled to produce the best results. Treadwell seems to be a good kid who wants to work hard, and it appears as though his coaching staff is letting him down. I love Zimmer, but I’m not sure he’s doing right by Treadwell here.

  2. So if he does and turns into the next great WR – does that mean the Vikings don’t pay him at all? After all – they paid him when he wasn’t doing that great. #loyalty

  3. “After having just one catch as a rookie, Treadwell caught just 20 passes for 200 yards in year two as Adam Thelien and Stefon Diggs were the primary targets for Case Keenum and Sam Bradford throughout the season.”

    In 2014, Vikings WR Adam Thielen caught 8 passes for 136 yards. In 2015, he caught 18 passes for 144 yards. In 2016 Adam had 67 catches for 967 yards. In 2017, Thielen caught 91 passes for 1276 yards.

    Some guys take a little longer than others. Treadwell is trending in the right direction and appears to be willing to put the work in to get better. Laquon was worse then Thielen in year one, but produced more in year two.

    With Thielen and Diggs set to do the heavy lifting, if Treadwell can catch 35 – 45 passes for over 500 yards in year three he would be a good asset to have.

  4. The Packers made him look like an All-pro last year! Only if he could abuse that gong show defense every game.
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    Didn’t he get two tries last year? 200 yards for the season. I know Flash Patterson set the receiver bar pretty low, but still.

  5. Zimmer, who the Vikings fans love, seems to like putting dirty laundry out into the media about his own guys. Stefanski, Treadwell, others in the past. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I feel like Zimmer is just kind of a jerk.

  6. Troy Williamson 2.0

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    Not really. If he had Troys speed he’d be fantastic.
    We also didnt trade a hall of famer and replace him with a scrub.

    Could also be he’s burried behind Diggs and Theilen and just isnt fast enough.
    Excellent hands and great run blocking though.

  7. He just isn’t the physical WR he was labeled as coming out of college. He should be working on his hands and feet technique getting off the line of scrimmage and seperation on routes. To many times he is engaged in “Chicken fights” with his hands with DB’s, he should go to the school of Michael Irvin on how to get seperation or he won’t be getting out of his own way, because the Grim Reaper will have him dead in his sights. He’s on the clock.

  8. jahbrohknee says:
    March 2, 2018 at 9:22 am
    Zimmer, who the Vikings fans love, seems to like putting dirty laundry out into the media about his own guys. Stefanski, Treadwell, others in the past. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I feel like Zimmer is just kind of a jerk.

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    People that have known anything about Zimmer over the years, know at least 1 thing about him. If you ask him a question, he will be blunt and honest. He’s not running around complaining and talking crap about those people, he’s answering questions asked of him. I’d rather see a coach be honest, than get the typical “coach speak” run around.

  9. It wouldn’t make any sense to cut him for those of you that think that. Even if he’s our no. 3 or 4 next year he’s only costing 1.4 mil and whether you want to admit it or not he still has tremendous upside that comes with that price. Also, 2 years ago when he was drafted we had just a bunch of young unknown WR’s on the roster. Who could know then that 2 of them would turn out to be 2 of the better in the league. That kind of eats into his chances.

  10. Every time I saw him lined up at receiver last year all I could think is: why?

    The guy barely got snaps in year one, but he got plenty in year two and rarely did anything.

  11. To the guy who says Zim is a jerk, you certainly are entitled to your opinion. However, the best characterization is that he’s honest — simply telling it like it is. He’s that way to the media, the coaches, the players, the fans, whoever. No two-faced crap with Zimmer. Almost to a T, his players like and respect him and his coaches are loyal. There’s a reason so many of his former players and coaches wanted to follow him to MN.

  12. I wouldn’t give up on him yet. Remember the “third-year wide receiver theory”? It used to be commonplace for even a first-round pick WR to do almost nothing until breaking out in his third year. That’s not really the case anymore but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still guys who take some time to figure it out.

  13. When your first round draft pick produces 21 catches over 32 regular season games, most franchises would call the situation what it is (BUST) but the Vikings are different, they are hoping he can improve upon his nonexistent speed and carry them into the Superbowl, which by the way, will not be played in Minneapolis next year. The Vikings missed their big chance to be the first team to play a Superbowl on their home turf. But only by 31 points.

  14. I think the biggest problem Treadwell has is the emergence of Thielan and Diggs, and then even Rudolph needs his targets, plus the running backs. Not saying Laquon is an all pro talent, but his lack of stats might have something to do with the guys in front of him.

  15. Using the rise of Thielen as a reason to preach patience for Treadwell is crazy.

    Had Thielen gotten Treadwell’s opportunities his first and second year, he’d have been more productive. But as it is, he STILL had more TDS than treadwell did his first two seasons, and didn’t have the physical limitation of being slow.

    A QB has a 60 QB Rating when throwing at Treadwell. He’s a bust.

  16. In Teddy We Trust says:
    March 2, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    I wouldn’t give up on him yet. Remember the “third-year wide receiver theory”? It used to be commonplace for even a first-round pick WR to do almost nothing until breaking out in his third year. That’s not really the case anymore but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still guys who take some time to figure it out.

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    Treadwell can’t get separation. If you don’t have the speed you have to have the savvy. He has neither.

    I don’t think another year is going to help.

  17. vikingfan23 says:
    March 2, 2018 at 2:13 pm
    Using the rise of Thielen as a reason to preach patience for Treadwell is crazy.

    Had Thielen gotten Treadwell’s opportunities his first and second year, he’d have been more productive. But as it is, he STILL had more TDS than treadwell did his first two seasons, and didn’t have the physical limitation of being slow.

    A QB has a 60 QB Rating when throwing at Treadwell. He’s a bust.

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    Two years into a career is too soon to call anybody a bust. He may wash out in a couple more, me may get it and become a real player. Nobody knows yet. A better comparison to Treadwell may be Jake Reed. In his rookie year, Reed had 0 catches, 2nd year he had 6, 3rd he had 5. Then, in his 4th year, he exploded for 85 receptions and over 1100 yds. I’m not saying to expect that, but it’s too soon to say it can’t happen.

  18. You could see if you watched him on tape in college that he was a head case. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. The guy would just quit on plays. He quit in the middle of the play. He did it time and time again. I wouldn’t have signed him as a free agent, let alone draft him. You could also see the talent, but nobody just stops in the middle of the play like that. Huge red flag. He was an easy reject.

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