The Vikings picked Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell with the No. 23 pick of the 2016 NFL draft, but the first-round selection didn’t see the field in Minnesota’s season opener.
The lack of playing time was something new for Treadwell, who was a big-time contributor in his three years in Oxford. He played in all 13 games as a freshman and ended his Rebels career competing in 35 games, accumulating 2,393 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns.
What does the rookie think about riding the bench in his first NFL game?
“It was more mentally challenging,” Treadwell said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune‘s Matt Vensel . “But you’ve got to go through it, create some fuel, I guess, to play harder. I don’t know. I’ve never been through this. I’ll just come in and work harder and get better.”
The treatment is nothing new to Vikings receivers, as wideout Stefon Diggs did not suit up for his first three games as a rookie. He led Minnesota in receiving in Game 1 with seven catches for 103 yards.