Laquon Treadwell Working to Avoid Being Labeled as a Bust
It appears that a fire has been put under Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. The early indications from the offseason have been positive.
Treadwell was drafted 23rd overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. That has basically been his career highlight to this point. During the 2016 season, Treadwell appeared in nine games, with one start, and had just one catch for 15 yards.
It wasn't the year that most Vikings fans wanted to see out of a first round draft pick. The questions started to roll in late last season about his production and what the issue was. Fact is, Vikings fans want answers and want to see if he can make it in the NFL.
We had Judd Zulgad of 1500 ESPN on Overtime on Wednesday and he said that the pressure was on for Treadwell, and he needs to prove it as a wide receiver.
Could it have been that he just needed more time to develop? Could it be that he felt like his position was safe? It appears that both could be an option.
The Vikings went out this offseason and signed former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd to a one-year contract. Add him into the mix with Treadwell, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, spots on the starting lineup will have to be battled for.
So far, it appears that Treadwell is up for the challenge with the added motivation.
ESPN NFL Nation's Ben Goessling reports that Treadwell has been participating on the first-team squad with Thielen and Diggs. He has shown improvements and has even impressed offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
"He’s been out here competing and doing a nice job running routes and catching the ball. Understanding where he fits in the running game and who to block. To this point, we’ve been really pleased with his progress based on a year ago." - Pat Shurmur to Ben Goessling
These comments come one day after the Vikings released a video on Twitter showing Treadwell making a catch with Xavier Rhodes guarding him.
The reaction to the tweet was met with some praise...
But also some hostility.
Hopefully "@SuccessfulQuon" continues to have a successful offseason and works his way into games to start impressing fans.
Otherwise the seat might become a little warm and that "bust" conversation will begin.