The Falcons have signed WR Laquon Treadwell to a 1-year deal. The Vikings' 1st-round bust totaled just 701 yards and 2 scores over 4 seasons in Minnesota. We'll see what new the surroundings do, but don't bank on Treadwell becoming a fantasy factor. He figures to battle with Russell Gage for #3 WR duties behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.
According to 247Sports, Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell has been running with the 1st team during OTAs and exhibiting more confidence than he did through his 1st 2 seasons. The former 1st-round pick has totaled just 21 pro receptions to date and stands a long way from fantasy relevance. But he could secure the #3 WR gig behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Opting for Treadwell in that spot ahead of newly signed veteran Kendall Wright would allow Minnesota to run Thielen more from the slot, where he has performed well over the past 2 years. Wright, on the other hand, is almost exclusively a slot receiver.
Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell missed Thursday night's preseason opener with a thigh injury. It's the 1st we've heard of it, but insider Chris Tomasson reports that Treadwell "missed more than a week of practice" with the issue. It's certainly not what he needs after a disappointing rookie season that included a broken finger, pulled hamstring and sprained ankle. There remains opportunity for Treadwell in Minnesota's WR corps, but he's no more than a late-round flier at this point.
Injuries played a big part in Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell's disappointing rookie year. Those close to him believe he still wasn't fully over his 2015 broken fibula and dislocated ankle when last season kicked off. "When I was working him out last year, I could tell he was walking and running with a limp," Treadwell's trainer, David Robinson, said. "After every drill, he'd be rolling his ankle around trying to work it out, because he was stiff. I kind of knew in the back of my head he wasn't ready to play last year." Treadwell also dealt with a broken finger, pulled hamstring and sprained ankle as a rookie. He's healthy now, though, and has been running alongside Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen with the 1st-team offense in OTAs. "He looks healthy," CB Xavier Rhodes said. "Coming out of his breaks good, moving his weight really well, turning his hips when he needs to turn his hips. Breaking down, not taking too many steps in his break. He's turned around tremendously." Turning just 22 in June, Treadwell is certainly capable of bouncing back in his 2nd go-around.
The Vikings have liked what they've seen from WR Laquon Treadwell so far this offseason. "He’s had a great, in my opinion, five-and-a-half weeks," OC Pat Shurmur said. "He came back and he was really on point with what he’s supposed to be doing mentally. 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." Performing well in May doesn't mean much, but any positive buzz on Treadwell is noteworthy after a disastrous rookie year. Minnesota added WR Michael Floyd earlier this month, but Treadwell has been running alongside Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen with the 1st-team offense so far. We'll see if he can hang on to that spot.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said Monday that rookie WR Laquon Treadwell is "kind of catching up to the NFL a little bit now," according to ESPN's Ben Goessling. "His quickness, his stops and starts, his acceleration [are better.] He's a diligent, hard worker. He'll be a good player." Treadwell has played more lately, though he didn't draw a single target in the Thanksgiving Day loss at Detroit that found WR Stefon Diggs inactive. Don't count on any fantasy impact from the 1st-round pick this season, but Treadwell remains a dynasty hold -- especially after a highly disappointing debut has knocked down his perceived value.