Former Vikings first-round draft pick lands in the AFC East

(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) Laquon Treadwell
(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) Laquon Treadwell /

Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell was signed to the New England Patriots practice squad on Tuesday.

Last week, former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell was informed by the Jacksonville Jaguars that he was being let go. On Tuesday, Treadwell found a new home with the New England Patriots.

Selected in the first round by the Vikings in the 2016 NFL Draft, Treadwell has agreed to a deal to join the Patriots’ practice squad.

It’s probably not what he envisioned when Minnesota drafted him in the first round more than a handful of years ago, but at least he’s been given another opportunity to play in the league.

Former Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell given another chance by the New England Patriots

Since his departure from the Vikings after the 2019 season, Treadwell has had stints with both the Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons.

After a solid performance in 2021 with 33 catches for 434 yards and one touchdown, it seemed like Treadwell had found a role with Jacksonville. However, the Jaguars clearly felt the former Minnesota receiver didn’t fit into their plans for the 2022 campaign.

With Treadwell signing with New England’s practice squad, it’s pretty clear that he’s willing to take whatever opportunity he can in order to remain in the league.

Will the Patriots end up being the team that gets the most out of Treadwell? Time will tell, but recent history says that the chances of this actually happening are pretty low.

During his career with the Vikings, Treadwell accumulated a total of 65 catches for 701 yards and two touchdowns in 53 appearances. To put this in perspective, former Minnesota receiver Troy Williamson was able to haul in 79 catches for 1,067 yards and three scores in 39 appearances with the purple and gold.

Williamson has been the poster child for Vikings draft busts, but the truth is, Treadwell is far more deserving of that “honor”.

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