WR Laquon Treadwell - Atlanta Falcons
|6-2, 219||Born: 6-14-1995||College: Mississippi||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2016|
2019 Week 6 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
The Vikings sorely needed a third receiver. They thought they had it with Josh Doctson but lost him to injury before he ever suited up. The Vikings brought Treadwell back after cutting him and he is getting a second chance with the franchise that drafted him. Treadwell managed a single catch for 15 yards this week and will resume the same role he has had in years past. The passing game will go through Thielen and Diggs, but Treadwell will get his chance to make plays this season.
2019 Week 13 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 58 / 1 rec)
It is tough to make any sort of impact when you only get 2 targets in a game, but Treadwell was able to do just that this week. He only caught 1 of those balls but it went for a 58-yard touchdown to help jump start a comeback attempt in the second half. When Cousins left the pocket and rolled to his right, the corner covering Treadwell jumped up into the play and left him standing all alone about 20 yards down the field. Cousins effortlessly flipped the ball down the field to him and he was able to run the rest of the way untouched into the end zone. Treadwell has not garnered a lot of attention in the offense, even with Adam Thielen still out with an injury. He will need more big plays if he wants to stick around long term.
2019 Week 14 vs DET (2 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)
It was not the best stat line, but Treadwell is still getting looks in the offense. He was released at the beginning of the season and then brought back after injuries and the signing of Josh Doctson not working out. He still struggles with lapses in concentration at times but was able to catch both of his targets this week and finish as the second leading receiver in the offense. He took a short pass across the middle for 36 yards and the second longest play through the air for the Vikings this week. Treadwell will lose almost all value when Thielen comes back as the Vikings seem to prefer Irv Smith and Bisi Johnson in the long term.
2018 Week 1 vs SF (4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
This is going to be a make or break season for Treadwell. The big bodies receiver was a first round pick but has not lived up to that billing at all. Plagued by drops and poor route running in his first two seasons, Treadwell is on his last leg for the Vikings. He shows glimpses of being a big-time receiver, but still struggled this week. There was a ball thrown to him in the first half that nearly hit him square in the chest that he dropped, but then another play where he snared the same pass, broke two tackles, and dove for a first down. 16 of his 18 yards came on that single play this week but Cousins kept trying to get him involved in the offense. It is going to be an uphill battle for Treadwell this season, but he could emerge as a great sleeper play if he starts to use all the extra room created by Diggs and Thielen when defenses key in on them.
2018 Week 2 vs GB (6 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)
There was a very wide range of emotions for Treadwell this week. He scored his first career touchdown, but also added to his league leading drops total and almost cost the Vikings the game with a pass that went straight through his hands and to a Green Bay defender for an interception. The first touchdown came right after the Packer had just taken the lead on a blocked punt for a touchdown. Treadwell ran right up the seam and Cousins put the ball just over his shoulder for the score. It was in this moment that many thought he was finally reaching his potential. However, late in the fourth quarter with the game on the line he almost cost the Vikings everything. It was a simple quick slant to the inside for what should have been a first down. Cousins hit Treadwell square in the hands and the ball skipped through and right to a Packers safety. The ball was returned to inside the 20 and the Packers eventually settled for a field goal and an 8-point lead. Treadwell has the size and speed to be an elite receiver but continues to struggle with his route running and drops.
2017 Week 6 vs GB (3 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
The biggest contribution in today's game came in his downfield blocking on the Jerick McKinnon touchdown. Treadwell has made huge strides in his route running ability and set a career high in yards today. Treadwell benefitted from Stefon Diggs being ruled out and was utilized as the second receiver, ahead of Michael Floyd. Case Keenum still seems to favor his running backs and tight ends but Treadwell was able to make his impact today. His biggest reception came on a 25-yard reception down the sideline where he had to make an amazing one-handed catch in front of Ha-Ha Clinton Dix. This is a play you will most likely see on the Top 10 circuit on Sportscenter this week. Treadwell still has a high ceiling but is developing much slower than people expected.
2017 Week 7 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
The biggest play for Treadwell today were his offside late in the fourth quarter and his twice-tipped pass that ended up being intercepted. The second-year receiver was supposed to have made big strides in the offseason and integrated into the offense more. However, he has been largely ineffective all season and often disappears on the field. Treadwell shows no chemistry with Case Keenum and has to be rooting for his former college quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater to work his way back onto the field.
2016 Week 9 vs DET (1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Treadwell was on the field for the first time this season and made a nice catch up the middle for a first down. He then disappeared into the mists never to return, at least on the stat-sheet. On the plus side, he was on the field for 17 offensive snaps, so perhaps they will try to start working him in more.
2016 Week 13 vs DAL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Treadwell's first target came in the third quarter, a long pass attempt on a 3rd and 16. The coverage was perfect and he couldn't haul it in. The second target was a blown route by Treadwell, as he ran too far past the first down marker, which is where Sam Bradford delivered the ball.