He wasn't targeted with a pass during Thursday's loss to the Detroit Lions, but in many ways, Laquon Treadwell was more involved in the Minnesota Vikings’ offense than he has been at any point during his rookie season.
Treadwell played 31 snaps against the Lions -- just four fewer than he'd played the rest of the season -- and ran a route on 25 of those plays, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The first-round pick remains stuck on one catch, which came Nov. 6 on the only pass thrown his way this season, but coach Mike Zimmer says he sees progress from Treadwell in a number of areas. He missed the Vikings' game against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 13 with a hamstring injury, but Zimmer said Treadwell is pretty healthy now.
"I think he's kind of catching up to the NFL a little bit now," Zimmer said. "His quickness, his stops and starts, his acceleration [are better.]
Concerns about Treadwell's speed helped him drop to the 23rd overall pick, where the Vikings took him in the draft last April, but the team said it believed Treadwell would run more effectively the further removed he was from the broken leg he sustained in college. At this point, Zimmer said he thinks Treadwell is fully recovered.