Treadwell Looks To Grow With Vikings Offense

Former First Round Pick Credits Pressure, Injuries For Rookie Season Woes

MANKATO, MN — The Minnesota Vikings had the third best statistical defense in the NFL last year.

Yet, they finished 8-8.

Fingers can point to the offense, which finished 28th overall.

The run game was dead last but the passing offense wasn’t spectacular either, finishing 18th in the league.

One player looking to improve those numbers is last year’s first round pick, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.

The former Ole Miss Rebel was selected 23rd overall, but started only one game and had one catch for 15 yards in the entire season.

He said last year was a learning hurdle and the attention as the first round pick put new pressure on him.

“Different level, higher level…I was ready for it, I just wasn’t healthy enough and I kind of fell in the wings, everyone was ready and I wasn’t,” said Treadwell.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater credits his mother’s battle with cancer as his motivation to get back on the field.

He starts training camp on the physically unable to perform list after his knee injury last training camp.

He said his first time back on the field will tell a lot.

“That first initial hit or contact that will tell me hey, I can do this. Like I said, if I can do it one time, I know that I can do it forever,” said Bridgewater.

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