Laquon Treadwell is still just 25 years old, but it feels like the former first-round pick's career has already flamed out. Treadwell won with physicality at the catch point, strength and size at the collegiate level, where he was one of the most dominant receivers when healthy, but separation has been the issue for him at the NFL level. Projecting his ability to separate was a question mark for evaluators and to this point it hasn't translated. He's unlikely to earn a Fantasy-relevant role in 2021.
Treadwell signed with the Jaguars on Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Treadwell joined the team's minicamp for a tryout and impressed enough to earn a contract. He was the 23rd overall pick back in the 2016 draft but has so far failed to live up to that pedigree, catching a total of 71 passes for 750 yards and four touchdowns over five years in the league. He spent last year with the Falcons' organization but didn't join the active roster until late in the year, catching a total of six passes in five games.
Treadwell is trying out for Jacksonville at the team's minicamp, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports. Treadwell has struggled to make much of an impact over the past few seasons, registering just 15 receptions for 233 yards and three scores over his last two seasons with Minnesota and Atlanta. He'll need to impress at minicamp just to have a shot at becoming a depth receiver for the Jags.
Treadwell secured two of his three targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Buccaneers. Treadwell was elevated from the Falcons' practice squad late in the year, tallying five consecutive game appearances between Weeks 13 and 17 after going without a single activation prior to December. An injury to Julio Jones (hamstring) opened up opportunities for the 2016 first-round pick, as he totaled six catches for 49 yards with a pair of touchdown catches during that stretch. Treadwell's contract is up in March, rendering his status with the organization unsettled as Atlanta remains without a new GM following the October firing of Thomas Dimitroff.
Treadwell caught both of his targets for 11 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Chiefs. Treadwell has only attracted four targets over the past three weeks, but two have gone for touchdowns. Having signed to the Falcons' practice squad Sept. 16, the 2016 first-round pick didn't make his regular-season debut with the team until Week 13. If Julio Jones (hamstring) were to return from his three-game absence to face the Buccaneers on Sunday, Treadwell's role likely would decrease for Atlanta's 2020 finale.
Falcons interim head Raheem Morris suggested that Treadwell's role could expand in Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "We're looking forward to seeing more of [Treadwell] this week," Morris said Wednesday. During last weekend's loss to the Chargers, Treadwell turned his lone target into a nine-yard touchdown. He looks like he could get an opportunity to build on that performance by playing more than the eight snaps he received Week 14, but Treadwell's usage will likely hinge heaving on the status of Julio Jones (hamstring), who didn't practice Wednesday and may be in danger of missing a second straight game.
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|11||11/21||San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
|13||12/05||@Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
|16||12/26||@New York Jets||18||23.13|
|17||01/02||@New England Patriots||10||20.63|
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