Former first-round pick wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has fallen out of favor with the Minnesota Vikings. The team elected not to pick up his fifth-year option earlier this summer. During his three seasons in the league, Treadwell has produced just 517 yards on 56 catches and has found the endzone only once.
The Vikings' head coach has not attempted to deny that the Vikings are shopping the former 23rd overall pick. In fact, during halftime of the Vikings' second preseason game, Zimmer alluded to the fact that Minnesota would try to showcase Treadwell.
"We're trying to get Treadwell the ball a little bit more in the second half. Try to showcase him a little bit, I guess. He made some nice plays."
Laquon Treadwell's 2018 campaign did offer some hope that his future in the NFL will be brighter than his past. He hauled in 66% of 53 targets — an impressive number to be sure.
Late last night Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that the Vikings might be trying to shop their fourth-year wideout. Rapoport listed the Jaguars as one of two potential suitors.
But should the Jaguars be interested in Treadwell?
There is one obvious connection between Laquon Treadwell and the Jaguars. Jacksonville's offensive coordinator John DeFilippo served in the same capacity for the Vikings in 2018, so he has a history with Treadwell.
At six-foot-two and 215 pounds, Treadwell certainly has some size and could be an excellent target for Nick Foles in the quick passing game.
But a trade for Treadwell would make little sense. At best he's Minnesota's fourth or fifth option at wide receiver right now. The Jaguars, or any other teams with potential interest, would be wise to wait it out with Treadwell, who could get cut when rosters are trimmed down to 53 players.
And Treadwell would likely have difficulty finding the field in Jacksonville, were the Jaguars to acquire him via trade or free agency. With Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, Marqise Lee, DJ Chark, and Keelan Cole firmly entrenched as the top five options in Jacksonville, any newcomer without a bonafide starting pedigree would find it hard to make an impact at wide receiver in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars should avoid trading draft or player capital for a receiver that might not make his current teams 53-man roster. If he's available after cuts, taking a flyer on Treadwell would make plenty of sense.
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