Treadwell took first-team snaps alongside Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen at Wednesday's practice, The Star Tribune's Matt Vensel reports.
The 23rd overall pick in last year's draft, Treadwell dealt with nagging ankle and hamstring injuries throughout a rookie season in which he caught just one pass in nine games. Seemingly back to full health, he's the favorite to serve as the No. 3 receiver, though free-agent addition Michael Floyd could make a push for the role if Treadwell struggles during training camp. With Kyle Rudolph at tight end and Latavius Murray (ankle), Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon in the backfield, the Vikings suddenly have a lot of mouths to feed, which could limit the targets available for the team's No. 3 wideout. So long as Diggs and Thielen are healthy, Treadwell is best treated as a speculative commodity.
Treadwell, the 23rd overall pick of last year's draft, finished his rookie campaign with merely one catch on three targets for 15 yards. That production fell far short of the expectations associated with his draft slot, and foot and ankle ailments ultimately limited Treadwell to nine appearances before he was placed on injured reserve. While Zimmer said he thinks Treadwell is healthy again, which bodes well for him when next month's offseason program starts, and backed the second-year pro to have a good year, he also said Treadwell needs to improve his understanding of some of the subtleties of an NFL offense. On the same token, Zimmer said Treadwell has a better grasp than Cordarrelle Patterson did at a similar stage in his career, so now that Patterson has left for the Raiders, Treadwell could use his added reps to improve his standing behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen on the Vikings' depth chart.
Head coach Mike Zimmer said Treadwell's nagging ankle injury was a big factor in the wideout's disappointing rookie season, KMSP-TV reports.
A 2016 first-round selection, Treadwell caught just one pass in nine appearances, with ankle and hamstring injuries making it difficult for him to earn a significant role. The ankle may have been a bigger issue than the Vikings previously let on, but it was still discouraging to see Treadwell remain uninvolved even when Stefon Diggs was limited or unavailable due to his own injuries. Adam Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson stepped up instead, but the latter is set to hit unrestricted free agency and might even play some running back if he sticks around. Assuming his ankle is healthy, Treadwell should have a shot at some first-team reps during the offseason program.
Treadwell was unable to practice earlier in the week, and his disappointing season comes to an early end. In nine games, he caught just one pass on three targets for 15 yards.
Treadwell (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Treadwell didn't practice Tuesday and Wednesday and was only able to turn in a limited session Thursday, and with the Vikings eliminated from postseason contention, it seems unlikely the coaching staff will take any chances with the rookie first-rounder in the regular-season finale. If Treadwell ends up sitting Sunday, he'll finish his first NFL campaign with just one catch for 15 yards. The 21-year-old will need to make significant strides in the offseason in order to make more of an impact in the Vikings' wideout rotation in 2017.
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|P2||8/18/17||@ SEA||10:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|5||10/9/17||@ CHI||8:30 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ CLE||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/17||@ DET||12:30 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/17||@ GB||8:30 pm|