After being selected with the 23rd pick of the first round, Minnesota Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell has on seen two snaps. Is tonight the night that we will see him more involved in the game plan?
During the offseason, many analysts pointed out a physical number one wide receiver as the main hole on the Minnesota Vikings team. The Vikings followed suit on draft night, drafting Ole Miss wideout Laquon Treadwell with their first round pick.
Treadwell, who was widely known as the drafts top wide receiver, fell on draft day due to a slow 40 yard dash time. Most knew that with Treadwell, straight line speed was not his strength, but being a physical possession receiver was.
This is what the Vikings looked to be needing. A player who could help convert in the red zone, and help move the chains.
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There was a lot of optimism coming into the season. Treadwell looked to be putting in the work to get involved in the game plan. Now we are coming into the Vikings week 4 matchup tonight and Treadwell has only seen two snaps.
Treadwell was active in week 1, but did not see the field. He garnered his lone two snaps week 2, against the Packers. Last week in Carolina, Treadwell was inactive.
On multiple blog sites, fans are ready to throw the bust label on Treadwell in week 3. Most expect Treadwell to be making an immediate impact due to him being a first round pick.
Let Us Not Over React
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is not one to throw rookies in the game, just because. Being a first round pick does not matter to Zimmer. With receivers that have been in this system and know the playbook much more that Treadwell, Zimmer will take his time to ease him into the game plan.
Also with the Vikings undefeated, Zimmer might not see a need to change anything up such as personnel.
Last year we saw a similar situation with breakout wide receiver Trae Waynes and Stefon Diggs.
Waynes was highly touted in the draft process as the best cover corner in the draft. With veterans who knew the system ahead of Waynes, Zimmer had him sit back and learn for most of last season. With Waynes playing the way he is this season, we are no one to question Zimmer’s coaching techniques.
Diggs sat until week 4, when Charles Johnson went down with injury and Diggs stepped in and never looked back.
With Charles Johnson under performing, when will he loose his chance. So far this season, Johnson has 3 catches, on 10 targets, for 20 yards.
Surely, Johnson does not have a long leash with the coaching staff. If Treadwell is ready, he could start biting into Johnson’s playing time sooner than later.
This week it looks like Jarius Wright will be inactive again. Treadwell, unlike last week, will be active.
Could we see Treadwell involved in tonight gameplan like we did in week 4 last season with Stefon Diggs?