Laquon Treadwell hoping deactivation was a one-time occurrence with Vikings

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Former Minnesota Vikings first-round pick Laquon Treadwell was a healthy scratch for last week’s win over the Detroit Lions. It was the first time since his rookie season that he had missed a game for any reason.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, Treadwell is hoping that the deactivation is a one-time occurrence.

It was a business decision,” Treadwell said. “They felt that was best for the team, and we got the win, and that’s all that matters. (The coaches) definitely stressed it was a weekly thing, a one-game thing, and told me to continue to prepare like I was going to play and I just go from there.”

Minnesota elected to use Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Aldrick Robinson, Chad Beebe and Brandon Zylstra as their five active receivers against the Lions instead. Head coach Mike Zimmer said the decision was based on matchups. However, Treadwell had played just 22 snaps the previous week against Miami – tying a season low – in Kevin Stefanski’s first game as offensive coordinator. He did not record a catch for the first time all season.

“I’ve been doing everything I possibly can to be active, to be acclimated, to be featured in the offense,” Treadwell said. “There’s nothing much more I can do besides continue to prepare and do what I do every week and just hopefully I’ll be active.”

Treadwell has struggled to break out and become a reliable threat during his first three seasons in the NFL. Adam Thielen in 2018 alone will record more than double the catches and yards Treadwell has managed to compile in his three seasons combined in Minnesota. Thielen has caught 110 passes for 1,335 yards and nine touchdowns this season the Vikings. Treadwell has just 55 catches for 510 yards and one touchdowns in his three seasons.

He was the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He has career-highs in all categories this year with 34 receptions for 295 yards and his first career touchdown. Nevertheless, the Vikings certainly hope they would have been able to get more out of their former top pick by year three of his career.

The Vikings will need to make a decision whether to pick up the fifth-year option on Treadwell’s rookie contract this offseason. Given his struggles to produce through three seasons and being deactivated last week, that would seem unlikely.

18 responses to “Laquon Treadwell hoping deactivation was a one-time occurrence with Vikings

  1. Treadwell has 5 dropped passes this year but people here act like he is dropping passes every week.Maybe this will motivate him for this week.

  2. I can’t imagine coaches and staff actively lying to a player like this, so I guess it Has to be true however I thought he was pretty much done after last weeks move to the in active list. I still think he’s like carrying one lessons spot on your roster. From all outward appearances, he’s a hard worker and a good kid, just not a good wide receiver. He won’t be the first one to light it up in college and fail in the pros.

  3. Treadwell has 5 dropped passes this year but people here act like he is dropping passes every week.Maybe this will motivate him for this week.
    *********
    The most in the league is 9 and that’s by a receiver with a ton of targets. Treadwell only has 52 targets this year. 10% drop rate would be by far the highest in the league. Adam Thielen also has 5 dropped passes this year but he’s been targeted 151 times.

  4. Treadwell is toast. Brandon Zylstra was the leading receiver in the CFL last year. Mark my words in two year’s time he will be another Thielen.

  5. Translation: I don’t like being inactive but I dislike trying to improve even more.

    What do you expect when you give the guy a $9.9M contract with $9.4M guaranteed. He’s set to make $1.8M next year. Don’t be surprised if they cut him in the offseason even though $1.15M of his salary is guaranteed. He’s essentially wasting a roster spot. To say he’s disappointed is an understatement. But then again, what do you expect. If he’s not motivated then giving him all that money guaranteed didn’t help. It seems like this year he’s finally a bit motivated….maybe because he sees the writing on the wall. He’s going to be in for a surprise when he sees no team is going to be willing to pay him more than the league minimum next year. Maybe if he had taken his craft more seriously he wouldn’t be in this situation he created for himself. When you’re outclassed by an undrafted free agent walk-on from Minnesota State-Mankato, it doesn’t say much about yourself.

  6. Trade him to Oakland and give them a 6th round pick for their 7th round pick.
    It would be worth it to get him off the books and off the team.

  7. “Prepare like I was going to play.” —- But your not.
    The Vikings staff took long enough but Stefanski has decided not to rest his 3-7 game interview for OC and the Vikings shot at the play-offs with you.
    He will only be activated if a WR gets hurt.

  8. Treadwell is the only receiver I can remember that always runs a route short of a first down. How many times has he been short of the sticks. We cant even put him on the field for 3rd down. He has no understanding of situational football. His speed is terrible. Zero separation. 4 of His 5 drops have been on critical plays. His biggest play of the year happened when a defender tripped in coverage and he was wide open.

  9. I was kinda confused by his deactivation. Didn’t pick up on it until this article… Stefanski realizes what this guy is. I like Stefanski even more now. I wanted Treadwell to suceed just like everyone else but he’s brutal, Stefanski saw it and played his trump card day one of the job, love it.

  10. We used to compliment the Boxer Roberto Duran as “Hands of Stone”, I believe Treadwrond should be called “Hands of LEAD, AND feet of STONE”. We might even say Chest of rubber as it seams balls that he tries to catch with his body bounce off him like the old fashioned Super Balls of the 60’s and 70’s.

  11. Vikings, and Vikings fans, just come to terms with it, live with it, deal with it. This is how you spell it: B.U.S.T. Every team has them. You do to.

  12. Don’t sugar coat it. He’s way worse than that.

    purpleandgoldpride42 says:
    December 27, 2018 at 7:41 pm
    Treadwell is the only receiver I can remember that always runs a route short of a first down. How many times has he been short of the sticks. We cant even put him on the field for 3rd down. He has no understanding of situational football. His speed is terrible. Zero separation. 4 of His 5 drops have been on critical plays. His biggest play of the year happened when a defender tripped in coverage and he was wide open.

  13. fmc651 says:
    December 27, 2018 at 2:58 am
    Treadwell has 5 dropped passes this year but people here act like he is dropping passes every week.Maybe this will motivate him for this week.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    If Minnesota let Bridgewater and Patterson go on their 5th year options why the hell would they keep that Albatross?
    The ONLY reason he is on the team is Minnesota needed a receiver big time (before they realized what a gem they had in Thielen! So Treadwell was the only receiver available in the first round. I’ll bet he would have been there in the 2nd too! Scouting reports had question marks on him for Dropped passes, rout running and breakaway speed. GEE does that sound familiar. Chad Beebe WAAAAAY outplayed him in Chads 1st game!

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