Laquon Treadwell calls the media ‘a distraction’, doesn’t pay attention to it
By Adam Patrick
The young Minnesota Vikings wide receiver recently revealed that he doesn’t pay attention to anything that has been written or said about him during his NFL career.
Saying that Laquon Treadwell has been a bust for the Minnesota Vikings is no longer an outrageous statement to make. In his three seasons with the Vikings, Treadwell hasn’t even come close to meeting the expectations he was given when the team used a first-round pick on him in the 2016 NFL Draft.
He was supposed to become another weapon for Minnesota’s offense. But instead, Treadwell has basically just been wasting a Vikings roster spot for the last three years.
Thanks to his struggles, he has received more criticism than passes during his tenure in Minnesota. However, Treadwell recently told the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson that he doesn’t really pay attention to what is said or written about him outside of the Vikings’ facilities.
"“I really don’t really pay attention to the media. I’m just more on what’s going on in the building. (The media is) a distraction. So I just put it on the distraction list.I don’t really worry about the media. I worry about consistency and coming out and putting all my energy and my focus on the plays.’’"
After spending last season as Minnesota’s No. 3 receiver, Treadwell is currently fighting to keep a spot on the team’s final 2019 roster.
His role as the third receiver has been taken over by Chad Beebe and there’s a real possibility that the former first-round pick isn’t on the Vikings’ roster when they open up the regular season in a few weeks.
Cutting Treadwell this year wouldn’t be a financial decision for Minnesota as letting him go doesn’t really create much additional cap space. But keeping a younger player with more potential seems like a much better decision to make this year than to give the receiver another chance that he likely won’t take advantage of.
Treadwell didn’t show any signs of improvement during the Vikings’ preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints last week and there’s no reason to think that anything will change during Minnesota’s next three exhibition games.
It’s disappointing that Treadwell’s time with the Vikings hasn’t gone very well. But sometimes, that’s just how things work out.