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(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Laquon Treadwell
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(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Laquon Treadwell
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Laquon Treadwell /

The showcasing of Treadwell

By this point of the preseason, we know that the Vikings would really like to trade Laquon Treadwell.

With lackluster numbers in his first three seasons in the league, that’s not a big surprise. However, Treadwell was showcased aggressively against the Seahawks last week, making four catches for 47 yards.

That stat line isn’t going to make Minnesota fans forget that they passed on Michael Thomas to take Treadwell in the 2016 draft. But his production against Seattle is among some of the best single-game totals he’s ever put up in the regular season or preseason during his entire career.

The situation has almost become humorous as Jordan Taylor, Chad Beebe, and even Brandon Zylstra have worked ahead of the former first-round pick this preseason and Treadwell was still on the field in the fourth quarter to show potential suitors what they could acquire (you know, since there isn’t much positive regular-season tape).

The best-case scenario for the Vikings would be to run Treadwell out there and see what he can do once again. If he has another solid game, the odds of getting a late-round pick in a trade would improve. If not, Minnesota can be comfortable just letting him walk.

At this point, it’s safe to assume that no matter what happens, Treadwell will not be on the Vikings’ roster when final cuts are made this year.