Skip to main content

Laquon Treadwell might be poised for a third-year breakout

There have been a lot of talented receivers who erupted in year three.

There's no question that Laquon Treadwell has been a disappointed through his first two years in the NFL, but the former first-round pick is showing signs of blossoming into the star the Vikings thought he could become. 

Treadwell has looked the part of a big-bodied red zone threat and possession receiver throughout training camp, and Kirk Cousins has been nothing but impressed. 

"He had a great OTAs and minicamp, and he's off to a great start at training camp. I'm excited to see what he grows into this year. He's getting a lot of reps and a lot of looks," Cousins said when asked about Treadwell last week. 

If Treadwell, who had 20 catches for 200 yards last season, breaks out this season, he certainly won't be the first wide receiver to do so in year three. The Fantasy Footballers did an awesome breakdown of receivers who erupted in their third year. Among them, these four really stand out. 

Sidney Rice

  • Year 1: 31 catches, 396 yards, 4 touchdowns
  • Year 2: 15 catches, 141 yards, 4 touchdowns
  • Year 3: 83 catches, 1,312 yards, 8 touchdowns

Dez Bryant

  • Year 1: 45 catches, 561 yards, 6 touchdowns
  • Year 2: 63 catches, 928 yards, 9 touchdowns
  • Year 3: 92 catches, 1,382 yards, 12 touchdowns

Demaryius Thomas

  • Year 1: 22 catches, 283 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Year 2: 32 catches, 551 yards, 4 touchdowns
  • Year 3: 94 catches, 1,434 yards, 10 touchdowns

Devante Adams

  • Year 1: 38 catches, 446 yards, 3 touchdowns
  • Year 2: 50 catches, 483 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Year 3: 75 catches, 997 yards, 12 touchdowns

In some cases a wide receiver won't reach their star potential until even further down the road. For example, Jordy Nelson was a role player for the Packers for three seasons before becoming Aaron Rodgers' go-to-guy in his fourth season when he finished with 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns. 

Treadwell was taken 23rd overall by the Vikings in the 2016 draft. He's currently competing with Kendall Wright for reps, and if he continues to showcase his first-round talent, then he might be the next receiver added to the list of third-year breakouts. 

Next Up

SuspectsWantedMOAShooting

Mall of America shooting suspects arrested in Chicago

The two suspects were spotted leaving a barber shop.

Flickr - minneapolis police officer close-up belt camera - Tony Webster

Walz: Increased state law enforcement presence to stay in Twin Cities

A multi-agency effort to curb crime will go on until further notice.

SuspectsWantedMOAShooting

Bloomington PD to provide update on Mall of America shooting investigation

There's unconfirmed reports the suspected gunman and an accomplice have been arrested.

Screen Shot 2022-08-11 at 3.14.27 PM

Motorcyclist found dead behind guardrail 6 hours after crash

The crash happened before sunset Wednesday, but no one called 911.

Screen Shot 2022-08-11 at 2.49.44 PM

Strike vote set for 15,000 Minnesota nurses

If the nurses walk off the job, Minnesota would be home to one of the largest nurses strikes in U.S. history.

DSC_8611

Iowa Gov. asks court to lift injunction on 'heartbeat' abortion ban

A court challenge seeks to revive Iowa's abortion ban.

zipper merge, construction

6 transportation projects in Minnesota get $100M federal funding

The projects extend to areas all across the state.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for the week ending Tuesday, August 9

The number of cases in the latest reporting period dropped compared to the previous week's update.

Screen Shot 2022-08-11 at 11.27.17 AM

Takeaways from Minneapolis' new gun violence report

The rise in violent crime in Minneapolis is showing signs of plateauing.

Related

Laquon Treadwell

Next stop for Laquon Treadwell is with the Atlanta Falcons

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

Laquon Treadwell

Report: Vikings won't pick up Treadwell's 5th-year option

It means Treadwell could be in his final year with the Vikings.

Laquon Treadwell: 'I ain't gotta prove nobody wrong'

Treadwell took a subtle jab at Case Keenum during his media session.

Laquon Treadwell

7th rounders Mitchell, Johnson want Treadwell's job

Both say they are excited to compete for the WR3 job.

Treadwell stays, Vikes cut Coley to make room for Bailey

Treadwell caught a touchdown but had two huge drops against the Packers.

Laquon Treadwell

Wide Left: 'Unfortunate reality' that Treadwell will be the 3rd WR

Another hilarious blog from Blair Anderson, the fan who bleeds purple.