Skip to main content

Laquon Treadwell is motivated to avoid being labeled a bust

It was a rookie season to forget for Vikings first-round pick Laquon Treadwell.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Disappointing. That's the word Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell used to describe his rookie season in the NFL.

"There's always room to get better so I'll come back ready next year, hungry, and make my plays," Treadwell said, via Vikings.com.

After being drafted in the first round by Minnesota, Treadwell was expected to develop into one of Sam Bradford's top options, much like rookie receivers Michael Thomas, Tyreek Hill, Will Fuller, Tyler Boyd and Sterling Shepard did with the Saints, Chiefs, Texans, Bengals and Giants. But it never happened.

Treadwell finished the season with one catch for 15 yards. After watching on the sidelines the first 11 weeks of the season, Treadwell played 34 snaps but went without a catch in Minnesota's Thanksgiving Day loss to the Lions. Two weeks later he hurt his ankle against Jacksonville and that was the end for him. He thinks the injury kept fans from seeing what he's capable of doing.

"I was feeling more comfortable and they were ready to put me out there,” Treadwell said Monday. “I just went down on special teams. That’s a tough break for me, but I’ve got to get healthy and come back ready.”

Minnesota's passing options aren't certain headed into the offseason. Top pass catchers Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph are under contract, but Adam Thielen is set to become a restricted free agent. The likes of Cordarrelle Patterson (free agent), Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright never really moved the needle in the passing game, making Treadwell's Year 2 emergence even more important.

"I'm just ready for year two and I'm motivated to go into this offseason and get better and come back and just show everybody what I'm capable of and what type of style I play and my natural God-given ability.

"Next year, it'll be a lot better for me and I'm looking forward to it."

Next Up

Seatbelted driver.

Road deaths involving unbelted people rose again in 2021

This is the second year in a row that the number has gone up.

hennepin sheriff hutchinson screengrab facebook

Hennepin Co. Sheriff Dave Hutchinson on paid leave for health reasons

The sheriff, who was recently convicted of drunk-driving, is set to stand down later this year.

Crane Lake

Flooding expected to worsen in MN's Arrowhead region

Hundreds of private homes are at-risk in northern St. Louis County.

St. Paul Police crash

St. Paul police: Kids in stolen car rammed squad, hid in porta-potty

The incident sent the Minnesota Capitol into a brief lockdown.

IMG_7030

Watch: Storm updates after heavy hail slams Twin Cities

Sven Sundgaard is providing an update after Thursday's flash hail storm.

kim crockett facebook sos

MN GOP apologizes over antisemitic sequence in candidate's campaign video

Party leader says candidate didn't know the imagery perpetuated an antisemitic trope.

storm, severe

Tornado, severe thunderstorm watches issued in Minnesota

In addition to possible tornadoes, there is a threat for damaging winds and very large hail.

House sale keys door

High prices, stiff competition putting off homebuyers in Twin Cities

Prices continue to rise in the metro, but there are signs of buyer fatigue.

Screen Shot 2022-05-19 at 1.59.51 PM

Series of explosions at manufacturing plant injures 6 in Wisconsin

The blast rocked the Wisconsin town just before 7:45 a.m.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Medford man dies in Le Sueur County crash

The 49-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Denisovan molar

MN researcher part of team behind 'revolutionary' discovery of ancient tooth in Laos

The molar found in a remote cave is believed to have belonged to a Denisovan girl who lived 164,000-130,000 years ago.

Related

Laquon Treadwell is motivated to avoid being labeled a bust

It was a rookie season to forget for Vikings first-round pick Laquon Treadwell.

When will Laquon Treadwell get his chance with the Vikings?

The hype about first-round pick Laquon Treadwell seems like a distant memory.

When will Laquon Treadwell get his chance with the Vikings?

The hype about first-round pick Laquon Treadwell seems like a distant memory.

Will the Vikings finally start using Laquon Treadwell?

Are we finally going to get to see what Laquon Treadwell is capable of?

Will the Vikings finally start using Laquon Treadwell?

Are we finally going to get to see what Laquon Treadwell is capable of?

After terrible rookie season Treadwell has shown 'amazing' growth

Now healthy and a year into the league, Laquon Treadwell is poised for a breakout season.

After terrible rookie season Treadwell has shown 'amazing' growth

Now healthy and a year into the league, Laquon Treadwell is poised for a breakout season.

Laquon Treadwell

Next stop for Laquon Treadwell is with the Atlanta Falcons

Treadwell leaves Minnesota with 701 career receiving yards and two touchdowns.