AFC South team brings in former Vikings first-round pick for a tryout
By Adam Patrick
Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell was given a shot to make the roster of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday.
Even after a rookie season to forget about in 2016, some were still optimistic about the chances of Laquon Treadwell succeeding with the Minnesota Vikings.
Unfortunately for the Treadwell and the Vikings, the former first-round draft pick could never live up to any of his expectations during his tenure with the team.
Despite how disappointing his time in Minnesota turned out, Treadwell hasn’t given up on remaining in the NFL since leaving the Twin Cities in 2020.
Jacksonville Jaguars brought in former Minnesota Vikings receiver for a tryout
With the Atlanta Falcons last year, Treadwell did set a new single-season career-high with two touchdown catches. However, he was also only able to haul in a total of six passes for 49 yards in 2020 with the Falcons.
This year, Treadwell has remained unsigned, and some thoughts about his career in the NFL potentially being over started to emerge.
But then on Monday, it was revealed that the Jacksonville Jaguars invited the former Vikings wide receiver to try out for a spot on their team. Apparently, things went well for Treadwell. That’s at least how Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer made it sound.
Meyer was asked on Monday about the former Vikings first-rounder and how things went during the tryout. His response seems to indicate that Treadwell could wind up on Jacksonville’s roster in the near future.
"“So I thought he looked pretty good, big body that can run and great hands. So I was surprised that his name, when I saw his name and [general manager] Trent [Baalke] brought him to me, I just remembered him very well and he didn’t disappoint today.”"
Meyer and the Jaguars have already given one former first-round bust in Tim Tebow a chance to make their final 2021 roster. So why not give Treadwell a chance also?
Even though the former Minnesota receiver has been in the league since 2016, he is still only 26-years-old. So he has a little time left to find a role with a team in the NFL before his opportunities dry up.
Could Jacksonville be the team that finally figures out the best way to utilize the skills that the former Vikings first-round pick has to offer?