A few things that “needed” to happen for the Minnesota Vikings to be successful this season have definitely not taken place.
Teddy Bridgewater (out at least for the season) did not take his career to the next level, Adrian Peterson (out again with an injury) did not run away from Father Time, and first-round draft pick Laquon Treadwell (AWOL) has not yet been the defense stretcher coach Mike Zimmer hoped he would be.
But here the Vikings are, with a dominant defense and a capable quarterback, sitting at 3-0 and alone atop the NFC North.
So far, that’s with new quarterback Sam Bradford not needing the services of Treadwell, the 23rd pick in the draft. Treadwell was the fourth wideout taken in April, behind Baylor’s Corey Coleman to Cleveland (No. 15), Notre Dame’s Will Fuller to Houston (21), and TCU’s Josh Doctson to Washington (22).
According to a report from Matthew Collier of 1500ESPN in Minnesota, coach Zimmer said better weekdays could lead to more playing time on Sundays for the wide receiver.
“He has to continue to do better in practice,” Zimmer said. “He’s working, just biding his time until he gets an opportunity like how [Stefon] Diggs was last year. I still think he’s thinking about the number of steps to take on each route and things like that, being at the right depth.”
Treadwell has been on the field for two plays in three games. For Sunday’s win against Carolina, Treadwell was inactive for the first time in his career. He was reportedly a healthy scratch.
Laquon Treadwell inactive today for first time as a pro. Jarius Wright active. Xavier Rhodes returns.
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) September 25, 2016
Minnesota plays host to the New York Giants on Monday night. In Week 5, the team plays host to Houston before a Week 6 bye week, which could give Treadwell some time to work back into his team’s plans for this season.