Mike Zimmer: Laquon Treadwell getting fresh start with Kirk Cousins

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Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell‘s first two seasons with the Vikings have not featured the kind of production expected from a first-round pick, but his spot on the depth chart suggests he’ll have a chance to turn things around in his third season.

That chance could be aided by playing with a quarterback who is giving him a clean slate. Kirk Cousins was in Washington the last two years and head coach Mike Zimmer said that’s given the wideout a fresh start this year.

“Kirk has come in with an open mind,” Zimmer said, via the Pioneer Press. “He hasn’t read all the things about what people are saying about Treadwell. … It helps when you’re a receiver and the quarterback has confidence in you that you’re going to go out there and make the play … Treadwell has worked his rear end off to make sure that Kirk has confidence in him.”

Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are the top two wideouts in Minnesota, which leaves Treadwell to compete with Kendall Wright, Stacy Coley and Brandon Zylstra for a chance to keep building his relationship with Cousins once the regular season gets underway.

70 responses to “Mike Zimmer: Laquon Treadwell getting fresh start with Kirk Cousins

  1. We’re screwed, signing Cousins was a bigger mistake than drafting Teddy. We will miss you Case Keenum!!

  2. The talent and physical requirements are there. How do we get this guy to be the receiver we all believe he can be?

  3. The Vikings offense was terrifying with their third best QB and backup running back. I don’t even want to think about what they’ll do to our defense with Cousins, Cook and a QB that can get it to Treadwell. He was open a ton last year but Keenum was just… bad. Plus, they made the most underrated move of the offseason when they brought in one of the best offensive coordinators in league. This is going to be ugly.

  4. In the preseason game versus Denver Treadwell was waaaayyyy more open than Diggs on the 1 yard TD throw. In that situation, Kirk looked for who he trusted most. So Treadwell is not quite there, but maybe getting closer.

  5. I am honestly hoping Laquon Treadwell becomes the receiver we thought he would be. Why you ask???? Because I’m a Vikings fan and I don’t root against anyone wearing the Purple.

  6. Shocker Allstar says:
    August 15, 2018 at 10:59 am
    The talent and physical requirements are there. How do we get this guy to be the receiver we all believe he can be?

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    He is a hard worker, but works on the wrong things. running the stairs after practice doesn’t matter if you can’t run routes and get separation. Diggs and Thielen excel at both.

  7. Better really, really, REALLY late than never, right?

    By the time the pass rush gets past that horrible line, Treadslow will be about 3 yards downfield…which will help Kirk “Checkdown” cousins immensely.

  8. Treadwell may very well “turn it around” with Cousins. All the attention being paid to Thielen and Diggs should help his cause, at least early in the year. Of course, Thielen and/or Diggs may fall off a bit for those very same reasons. Chemistry is key. Let’s see who develops it and who doesn’t. We won’t know until we know.

  9. logicalvoicesays says:
    August 15, 2018 at 11:17 am
    On behalf of Redskins fans everywhere, thank you Vikings for being The Trashman and picking up this garbage Kurt Cousins off our lawn.

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    You got an older QB that was 2 team’s trash. Alex Smith was kicked to the curb for Colin Kaepernick and an unproven rookie.

  10. arealisticpackerfan…

    I’m not a Vikings fan, but “Case Keenum was bad”? He won 13 out of the 15 games he played and was only outproduced by one QB he faced…Kirk Cousins.

  11. “ Keemun barely looked at Treadwell”… Well maybe because he wasn’t open. He’s a classic bust, just like Patterson was.

  12. The obviously has to be a reason why Keenum and others barely looked his way, but i guess if its more of the same then there lies your answer.

  13. I’m not a Vikings fan, but “Case Keenum was bad”? He won 13 out of the 15 games he played and was only outproduced by one QB he faced…Kirk Cousins.

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    Yes, Keenum was bad. Wins are not indicative of any one player or group of players performance. The Vikings offensive line was ranked 22nd last year. We’re they good just because they won 13 of 16 games? I think not.

    Keenum has horrendous ball placement and was often bailed out. Not to mention, he routinely doesn’t see receivers running wide open. The only above average trait Keenum has is his ability to escape and make plays after the play has broken down. Keenum had a decent season due to the sum of the Vikings parts. He was not even close to being a major reason the Vikings won 13 games last year.

  14. tokyosandblaster says:

    August 15, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Better really, really, REALLY late than never, right?

    By the time the pass rush gets past that horrible line, Treadslow will be about 3 yards downfield…which will help Kirk “Checkdown” cousins immensely.

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    Throwing for over 4k yards a year, close to 30 TD’s a year, high pass rating….

    that hardly spells “Checkdown”. If anything Cousin’s throws down field too often and throws untimely interceptions. THat’s my concern, but checking down is not one of them. Nice try thou.

    It’s possible Kirk might checkdown a bit more. He won’t have to play from behind all the time with a good defense, so he may play more conservatively. It’s possible. I honestly don’t want him slinging it all over the field like he did in DC unless he needs to.

  15. Viking are way over rated . had a very easy schedule last year. and with out Rodgers playing for the nfc north. that easy schedule even made the Viking DE look better then it is. now you have cousins that cant win against teams with winning record. cant wait to see this team go 8-8 with the much harder schedule this year.

  16. A lot of wide receivers take a while to acclimate to the NFL. It’s rare for a rookie to step right in and have success. Treadwell hasn’t lived up to expectations but he still has a chance to be a quality NFL receiver. I do think he would have more opportunities to get the ball if he weren’t on a team with two outstanding receivers. More opportunities would create more confidence for Treadwell and for Cousins that Treadwell will make the play. I hope he gets a lot of run with Cousins in the preseason games to build that chemistry.

  17. Pretty sure. Vikes coaches were hoping Cousins could improve LT’s production, so I’m cautiously optimistic. If he does turn into a legit downfield threat, the offense could be very special. It’s exciting to watch unfold. Minnesota has put together a formidable team!

  18. Treadwell just needs a shot to prove what he can do, especially in the red zone. With Cousins, he’ll get that opportunity. Given that Diggs and Theilen are signed long-term and entrenched as the starters, there’s no way the Vikings pick up the fifth year option for Treadwell. However, if Treadwell has a good year in 2018, he could be trade bait prior to next year’s draft.

    As for drafting him in round one, it’s worth remembering that Thielen hadn’t really broken out as starting material prior to the 2016 season. While Treadwell has disappointed his first two years, his lack of playing time has had as much to do with the emergence of Thielen and Diggs as the starters as it has with Treadwell’s lackluster performance.

  19. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 15, 2018 at 11:21 am

    By the time the pass rush gets past that horrible line, Treadslow will be about 3 yards downfield…which will help Kirk “Checkdown” cousins immensely.
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    So we’re back to that again, are we? “I don’t like the Vikings so I’m going to insult their quarterback by saying he’s a checkdown artist.”

    Are you aware that Cousins is second among active quarterbacks in yards per attempt at 7.73? You should be, since your guy Rodgers is first at 7.87.

    The interesting thing about that is that Rodgers seems to be more of a checkdown artist in his old age. The last three years, his YPA has dropped to 6.99. Cousins’ YPA is 7.80.

    So I guess you’ll be fine if I refer to your guy as Aaron “Checkdown” Rodgers?

  20. “Keenum barely even looked at Treadwell. Cousins will find him.”

    If Zimmer was such a genius you’d think that he would have addressed that situation. But no, Zimmer is too busy being your tough, old school hero instead of trying to fix the relationship between a 1st round pick and Keenum.

  21. jdbec12 says:
    August 15, 2018 at 11:48 am
    Viking are way over rated . had a very easy schedule last year. and with out Rodgers playing for the nfc north. that easy schedule even made the Viking DE look better then it is. now you have cousins that cant win against teams with winning record. cant wait to see this team go 8-8 with the much harder schedule this year.

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    Are you stupid on purpose? The beat the Saints, twice…Rams, and Falcons. They also played Carolina, which was a close game that was determined by 2 big runs by the Panthers. Who do you expect them to play? The played 5 playoff teams, went 5-2, one of them was Case’s first start.

  22. jdbec12 says:
    August 15, 2018 at 11:48 am
    Viking are way over rated . had a very easy schedule last year. and with out Rodgers playing for the nfc north. that easy schedule even made the Viking DE look better then it is. now you have cousins that cant win against teams with winning record. cant wait to see this team go 8-8 with the much harder schedule this year.

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    Are you stupid on purpose? The beat the Saints, twice…Rams, and Falcons. They also played Carolina, which was a close game that was determined by 2 big runs by the Panthers. Who do you expect them to play? The played 5 playoff teams, went 3-2, one of them was Case’s first start.

  23. jdbec12 says:
    August 15, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Viking are way over rated . had a very easy schedule last year. and with out Rodgers playing for the nfc north. that easy schedule even made the Viking DE look better then it is. now you have cousins that cant win against teams with winning record. cant wait to see this team go 8-8 with the much harder schedule this year.
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    Brilliant take. The Vikings played 8 teams with winning records last year and finished 5-3. The Eagles played 7 teams with winning records and finished 4-3. The Patriots played 7 teams with winning records and finished 5-2. Those guys must be overrated too.

  24. Treadwell is a bust.
    I try not to have purple colored glasses to think every Vikings draft pick or player is worth it.

    Even if Treadwell has an average season of 500 yards, he was a wasted 1st round pick. Time to move on after this year, unless he has a season for the ages.

  25. Yes, Keenum was bad. Wins are not indicative of any one player or group of players performance. The Vikings offensive line was ranked 22nd last year.
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    You should be made aware than a bad o-line will hurt a quarterbacks performance lol

  26. Viking are way over rated . had a very easy schedule last year. and with out Rodgers playing for the nfc north. that easy schedule even made the Viking DE look better then it is. now you have cousins that cant win against teams with winning record. cant wait to see this team go 8-8 with the much harder schedule this year.

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    Easy Schedule? Saints, Steelers, Bucs, Rams, Falcons, Panthers. But if they were on the Packers schedule last year that would be tough right? Rodgers doesn’t play for the NFC North he plays for the Packers. You hope the Vikings go 8-8, it the only way the Pack can win the division.

    As far as Treadwell, WR is a difficult position to learn not everyone can come in and play like the Freak we all knew as Randy Moss. Not every WR is that gifted. He is in year three and understating the intricacies of the game more. Sometimes draft choices take time to develop and adjust to the speed of the game, how to take care of themselves, flim study, etc. I wouldn’t say he is a bust just yet. Let’s see how this year plays out, you maybe surprised.

  27. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 15, 2018 at 11:21 am
    Better really, really, REALLY late than never, right?

    By the time the pass rush gets past that horrible line, Treadslow will be about 3 yards downfield…which will help Kirk “Checkdown” cousins immensely.
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    The last time Cousins saw the Packers he completed 21 passes for 375 yds. I think the team and the fans will be satisfied with 17 yd checkdowns.

  28. He was the only receiver on Saturday that didn’t do anything noteworthy. He can’t get open! He’s too slow. He has no quickness.

  29. Insinuating that Treadwell will all of the sudden turn it around and become a productive WR now that he has a new QB in Kirk Cousins makes ZERO sense, it makes no sense at all. Treadwell had an even better QB than Cousins in QB Sam Bradford, who when healthy there is no question that Bradfords a better QB than Kirk is. Treadwell had arguably the most accurate QB in the NFL for his Entire rookie season and could not produce as in 2016 Sam Bradford played every single game staying healthy the entire season ( he didnt play week 1 solely because he was traded to MN a mere couple days before the start of the season and needed a week to pick the playbook up) and throwing 21TDs-5INTs w/ a 99.5 QB passer rating while setting the NFL record in completion percentage w/ a percentage of 71.6%, and Bradford did all that with ZERO run game in 2016 with the worst O-Line in the NFL and young but developing WRs as in 2016 Diggs/Thielen were not the elite or borderline elite caliber WR’s they are now. And Bradford was under constant pressure consistently getting beat down. And despite having Bradford Treadwell was not good not showing much of anything his rookie season. Last season Treadwell yet AGAIN had a very good QB in Sam Bradford to open the season and another good QB who took over in Case Keenum, who was also very solid and still couldn’t produce. I just dont see it all coming together for Treadwell in year 3 with a new QB in a brand new offense when he had two good QB’s throwing to him in 2016-17 and he didnt do much or show much with them .
    This isnt a knock on the Vikings, they have two of the best young up and coming WR’s in the NFL in Diggs/Thielen with a very solid running game behind a good promising young RB in Cook with Murray behind him, a very good receiving TE in Rudolph and a decent solid Offensive Line up front, they have a promising offense. This is a knock on Treadwell, I just do not believe in the guy and do not think he will turn it on in year 3 in a new offense when he couldnt do it his first two years w/ a better more accurate QB in Sam Bradford. Year 3 is the most critical season in a young players career, most young players start peaking in year 3, if Treadwell cannot show confidence and promise now he never will.

  30. Obviously, I always look for the positives when it comes to the Vikes. Signing Cousins on it’s own was a good move–He’s an upgrade over Keenum from a skills and leadership perspective. But add in Dalvin Cook’s return, Cousins in DeFilipo’s RPO offense and the quick hitting offense with receivers who are solid route runners in Diggs and Theilen, but can also go down the field, solid 3rd and 4th WRs in Wright/Treadwell and a TE who’ll get you 60 catches and is a red zone beast, the offense SHOULD be better.

    That being said, the OL is a question mark. But of you run the quick hit offense, which is what the Eagles did last year with Wentz after their LT went down and when Foles stepped in, you can offset that. Here’s hoping. Which at this point in the pre-season is all every team has.

  31. This isnt a knock on the Vikings, they have two of the best young up and coming WR’s in the NFL in Diggs/Thielen

    ++++++

    Thielen is 28 next week. Not really young by NFL standards.

  32. Phillip Rivers averaged about 4500 yards passing and 30 TDS each of the last 3 seasons the Chargers only won 18 games during those 3 years…… so putting up numbers while lookin nice doesn’t mean much when the team isn’t winning

    I don’t believe in Treadwell as a pro WR I feel his gruesome injury will never allow him to “feel right” again

  33. Obviously, I always look for the positives when it comes to the Vikes. Signing Cousins on it’s own was a good move–He’s an upgrade over Keenum from a skills and leadership perspective. But add in Dalvin Cook’s return, Cousins in DeFilipo’s RPO offense and the quick hitting offense with receivers who are solid route runners in Diggs and Theilen, but can also go down the field, solid 3rd and 4th WRs in Wright/Treadwell and a TE who’ll get you 60 catches and is a red zone beast, the offense SHOULD be better.

    That being said, the OL is a question mark. But if you run the quick hit offense, which is what the Eagles did last year with Wentz after their LT went down and when Foles stepped in, you can offset that. Here’s hoping. Which at this point in the pre-season is all every team has.

  34. I can’t recall a #1 pick just totally getting buried on the depth chart like this. Good For Minnesota for not taking into account his draft status and just trotting him out there anyway, but it’s striking. Especially at receiver. They usually just throw them out there regardless to see what happens even if everyone in the organization knows they’re not good enough.

  35. I was at the Packer game at US Bank and Treadwell was wide open on many occasions, Case seldom got past his first read or two. Diggs and Theilen will still command a lot of targets, but Treadwell will get his chances, esp in the middle of the field at in the redzone.

  36. If you can stomach watching the NFCCG debacle you will see that Keenum left at minimum 28 pts on the board with wide open guys to the end zone. Yeah he was flustered and pressured but he just didn’t have the arm to make the throw. Plus if the pocket collapses Keenum’s go to throw is that dying quail up the right sideline. which gets picked off. Teddy also threw floating passes. Treadwell doesn’t have the separation for those types of throws. He doesn’t need much for Cousins lasers. Still, anyone who doesn’t think he’s a bust hasn’t been watching. Atrocious. He’s never recovered from that injury in college.

  37. realfootballfan says:
    August 15, 2018 at 1:37 pm
    I can’t recall a #1 pick just totally getting buried on the depth chart like this. Good For Minnesota for not taking into account his draft status and just trotting him out there anyway, but it’s striking. Especially at receiver. They usually just throw them out there regardless to see what happens even if everyone in the organization knows they’re not good enough

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    So the GM messed up? Im sure there were gpod options at OL they could have benefitted from.

  38. Trae Waynes didn’t look that good his two years either, but now he’s a very solid starting cornerback on a really good defense. There was no need to force Treadwell into a big role before he was ready for it. It looks like this year he is ready for it, so we’ll see how he does.

  39. Michael E says:

    You should be made aware than a bad o-line will hurt a quarterbacks performance lol

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    Perhaps, in an offense where the QB is routinely taking 7 step drops. But in the west coast offense that Shurmur runs, it’s really a non-factor because the ball is usually out quicker than the defense can get home. Not all football assumptions and are correct – you must consider numerous variables. Lol

  40. realfootballfan says:
    August 15, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I can’t recall a #1 pick just totally getting buried on the depth chart like this. Good For Minnesota for not taking into account his draft status and just trotting him out there anyway, but it’s striking. Especially at receiver.

    ++++++

    Heck you have to go all the way back to Flash Patterson just to find a similar example.

  41. vikingf0rlife says:
    August 15, 2018 at 10:57 am
    We’re screwed, signing Cousins was a bigger mistake than drafting Teddy. We will miss you Case Keenum!

    good one, very funny

  42. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 15, 2018 at 12:41 pm
    I don’t mind the Vikings.

    It’s their fans that rub everyone the wrong way.

    good one, very funny

  43. taintedsaints2009 says:
    August 15, 2018 at 12:39 pm
    He was the only receiver on Saturday that didn’t do anything noteworthy. He can’t get open! He’s too slow. He has no quickness.
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    Watch the tape of the Cousins to Diggs TD on the first drive in the Denver game. LOOK UP TOP…..Treadwell was wide open.

  44. hawkkiller says:
    August 15, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    Insinuating that Treadwell will all of the sudden turn it around and become a productive WR now that he has a new QB in Kirk Cousins makes ZERO sense, it makes no sense at all. Treadwell had an even better QB than Cousins in QB Sam Bradford, who when healthy there is no question that Bradfords a better QB than Kirk is

    Well you clearly didn’t actually watch any football that season, nor do you know the coaching staff at all. First off Bradford is not better than cousins. Maybe in college but that’s it. Second, Treadwell fell pray to zimmers philosophy of not playing high round skill players like corners and wide receivers while they are learning and acclimating to the scheme or playbook. He never got on the field, and it had nothing to do with his own talent or skill. Get out of here box score fan.

  45. jdbec12 says:

    Viking are way over rated . had a very easy schedule last year.
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    Vikings and Packers played the exact same schedule with 3 exceptions.

    The Vikings played the Rams (11 – 5) – the Packers played the Seahawks (9 – 7)

    The Vikings played the Redskins (7 – 9) – the Packers played the Cowboys (9 – 7)

    The Vikings played the Packers twice (7 – 9) – the Packers played the Vikings twice (13 – 3)

    Yeah, the only real difference was the Vikings got to play the Packers – the other two games were a wash (combined record of 18 – 14 for Rams/Redskins vs Seahawks/Cowboys).

  46. tokyosandblaster says:

    I don’t mind the Vikings.

    It’s their fans that rub everyone the wrong way.
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    I don’t dislike the Packers (as a team). Heck, before I lived in Wisconsin, I used to cheer for the Packers as long as they weren’t playing the Vikings.

    After I moved to Wisconsin in 1983 and actually lived among Packer fans – I can no longer cheer for the Packers – even if a Packer win would help the Vikings.

    Why?

    Because I learned how incredibly rude and obnoxious a significant number of Packer are. The bad one’s exceed the number of good one’s – as evidenced right here on PFT…

  47. We were assured that the Bridgewater/Treadwell combo would be terrorizing the NFC North for a decade.

    Viking fans and their silly summertime predictions are adorable.

  48. gtodriver says:
    August 16, 2018 at 7:15 am

    After I moved to Wisconsin in 1983 and actually lived among Packer fans – I can no longer cheer for the Packers – even if a Packer win would help the Vikings.

    Why?

    Because I learned how incredibly rude and obnoxious a significant number of Packer are. The bad one’s exceed the number of good one’s – as evidenced right here on PFT…

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    I’ll gladly admit I can rile a few feathers on here as a Lions fan with my “ROAR!!!!!!!!”, but all kidding aside, EVERY NFL team has arrogant fans. I’ve been to games at Lambeau Field, the old Metrodome, and Soldier Field, and I truthfully found Lambeau to be the most friendly of the three. Doesn’t mean I hate the Packers any less!!

    If you lived closer to Chicago like I do, you’d probably be saying the same thing about Bears fans.

    One thing we can mostly all agree on, Cowboys fans are the WORST, followed closely by Patriots fans!!! LOL

  49. After I moved to Wisconsin in 1983 and actually lived among Packer fans – I can no longer cheer for the Packers – even if a Packer win would help the Vikings.
    +++++

    Cool story bro. And suuuurrree …..

  50. “I’ve been to games at Lambeau Field, the old Metrodome, and Soldier Field, and I truthfully found Lambeau to be the most friendly of the three.”

    I attended a Bear/Packer game back in the 80’s as a guest of the Shawano Jaycees.

    At halftime, when the Bears were running into the tunnel, my wife and I witnessed 3 obese Packer fans urinating on the Bear players while the green and gold “fans” around them cheered and laughed.

    For some reason, even when I won tickets to a Packer/Viking game down in Milwaukee, I let one of the few good Packer fans I knew (an employee of mine) have them.

    He and his son watched a great Viking win that day….😎

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