How much will Laquon Treadwell play on Sunday vs. the Bears?
By Adam Patrick
How big of a role will the young wide receiver have in his first game back with the Minnesota Vikings since the team re-signed him earlier this week?
Following their final cuts this year, it seemed like the Minnesota Vikings were finally done giving Laquon Treadwell chances to make any sort of impact for the team.
Treadwell was not among the 53 players the Vikings chose for their final 2019 roster and he was left without a team. That was until Tuesday, when Minnesota decided to re-sign the underwhelming receiver after Chad Beebe went down with an ankle injury.
So now that he’s back on the roster, what sort of role will Treadwell have for the Vikings when they take on the Chicago Bears this Sunday?
Assuming he jumps back in as Minnesota’s No. 3 receiver this week instead of rookie Bisi Johnson, Treadwell likely won’t be seeing the field on offense as much as he would have last season.
Through three games this year, only 26 percent of the Vikings’ plays have featured personnel packages that utilize three or more receivers. This is a big change from a season ago when 69 percent of the plays Minnesota ran featured at least three receivers.
In the Vikings’ first three games this year, Beebe averaged about 14 snaps per matchup as the team’s third receiver and it seems safe to assume that Treadwell will get a similar amount of snaps in Chicago on Sunday.
However, he may even see the field less than Beebe did if Minnesota decides to split the No. 3 receiver snaps between both Treadwell and Johnson this week.
In addition to his snaps, Beebe has also only been targeted twice this season. So even if Treadwell gets on the field against the Bears on Sunday, it’s unlikely that he will be much of a factor on offense.
The Vikings’ former first-round draft pick is hoping for better results during his second tenure with the team. But even if he has improved as a player, it doesn’t seem like Minnesota is going to give Treadwell many opportunities to prove that he’s taken a step in the right direction.