Laquon Treadwell could be finally ready to produce

AP

Receiver Laquon Treadwell arrived in Minnesota via the first round of the draft, to an offense that had an old-school Cowboys play ready for him to run and a quarterback who needed the accuracy buffer zone provided by Treadwell’s big body. Things haven’t worked out well through two seasons for Treadwell, but things could be changing this year.

On their first depth chart of the year, the Vikings show Treadwell and Kendall Wright as the second-string receivers behind entrenched starters Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. The initial, unofficial hierarchy puts Treadwell in position to potentially prove himself, especially in the preseason.

Behind Treadwell and Wright are Stacey Coley and Brandon Zylstra, an intriguing prospect who led the CFL in receiving last year with 1,687 yards on 100 catches.

With Jarius Wright and Michael Floyd gone, someone needs to step up and provide options beyond the starters, who will get the bulk of the attention. Maybe it will be Treadwell, who necessarily faces a now-or-never third season in the NFL.

Treadwell had 20 catches for 200 yards in 2017, appearing in all 16 games. He had no postseason receptions.

22 responses to “Laquon Treadwell could be finally ready to produce

  1. Idk if he will ever be the same after that grusesome injury in college.

    This is a big year for him, and he needs to step it up big time. Especially if they are trying to maximize their money spent on Kirk Cousins and his skillset.

  2. I think his first year he just wasn’t ready mentally and couldn’t get the wheels turning. Second year we had some similar reports out of training camp and then nothing transferred to game day. He seems to think Keenum just didn’t look his way and I have to agree with him to some extent there. I’ve seen plenty of footage of Keenum locking onto his first read and missing wide open receivers in the process. That being said, it’s make or break for Treadwell this year. Cousins has been known to sling the ball around to 6-7 receivers. Treadwell is going to get his looks. Can he take advantage of them?

  3. erinrodgersreachednirvana says:
    August 8, 2018 at 1:27 pm
    He’d easily be the #2 option in Green Bay.
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    Doubtful. But I’m sure he’d be practicing piss poor though.

  4. I’m not holding my breath — it sure is great that they hit on a low round draft pick with Diggs and a walk-on free agent in Thielen. And you made me chuckle there wafflestomp.

  5. He’d easily be the #2 option in Green Bay

    I’d rather read this kind of story about my wide receivers than to read that the quarterback thinks they’re all giving poor effort.
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    How about just enjoying the fact that your team if finally a competitor and quit worrying so much about the Packers.

  6. wafflestomp says:
    August 8, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    erinrodgersreachednirvana says:
    August 8, 2018 at 1:27 pm
    He’d easily be the #2 option in Green Bay.
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    Doubtful. But I’m sure he’d be practicing piss poor though.

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    If he is, his quarterback hadn’t said anything.

  7. Mike, we have at least 5 dynamite WRs. Cousins is gonna have a field day whenever he steps on the field.
    Can you say “Licking his chops?”

  8. The initial, unofficial hierarchy puts Treadwell in position to potentially prove himself, especially in the preseason.
    ++++++
    This sentence should have made you realize you were posting a nothing burger.

  9. I wouldn’t call the dude a bust man. He’s played 2 years, and recall that there was a time where zim just straight up didn’t believe in playing high round rookies. It’s also tough for young wrs to play with a different qb and coordinator in every single year they’ve been in the NFL. I do appreciate someone else in this thread for referencing that awful injury he had in college. Treadwell was an absolute monster before that injury. His talent is def not what he is struggling with. Unfortunately it seems those guys that play his sort of game do need to have a higher end qb who isn’t going to their first read like keenum. Honestly I think he’s gonna have a good year. He’s the type of receiver to be loved by the type of qb that cousins is. He’s proven that his skill set includes being able to catch in heavy traffic and on contested balls or high pointing. The guy has the talent to contribute. And we do need to remember that it’s kind of hard for him to have found a ton of opportunities last year with how incredible diggs and thielen were. There weren’t a ton of balls to go around in the passing game. They should be there more often with a guy like cousins who is able to spread the ball around instead of rely on 1 or 2 guys. I’m not saying he hasn’t been a disappointment so far. But I don’t think it’s totally his fault up to now. I think circumstances majority contributed to his difficulties. That said tho, there are no excuses this coming season. This is a perfect situation for him to show up and be what he was supposed to be. I think a lot of Vikings fans were a little quick to think he should show up and be a number 1 option right out of the gate. Some players def need a couple years to figure out the pro game, and like I said, his situation hasn’t been stable with coaches and qbs. Flip I think will recognize how to utilize a player like him where shurmur and Turner seemed to really just look to only use their sure things that were on the field. I think tread has a real chance to come into his own this year as a very very good number 3 receiver.

  10. snowlock2013 says:
    August 8, 2018 at 12:57 pm
    Mhmm. Matt Kalil and Blair Walsh too.
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    You forgot, Ponder, Floyd, Patterson and oh yeah Bridgewater in the first round, I’d say Rick and a grade of about D since 2011.

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