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Former Vikings WR Didn’t Last Long with Cardinals


Former Vikings WR Didn't Last Long with Cardinals
Oct 20, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Detailed view of the helmet of Arizona Cardinals. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings host the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8, but first, Arizona did a little Vikings-related housekeeping this week.

Former Vikings 1st-Round pick Laquon Treadwell was released by the Cardinals on Tuesday after about two weeks with the franchise.

Treadwell had been added to the team’s practice squad, but the relationship was short-lived as the Cardinals added Danny Isidora (also a former Viking) Sage Doxtater to the roster instead.

Laquon Treadwell Joins 5th NFL Team
Nov 10, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports.

Arizona represented the fifth NFL team for Treadwell, who now hits free agency once again, hoping for a sixth audition from another squad. Since leaving the Vikings, the wide receiver has played for the Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, and Cardinals.

The Vikings drafted Treadwell in 2016 with the 23rd overall pick but did not receive a significant return on investment. Minnesota repeatedly tried to acclimate Treadwell to the passing game, but he didn’t pan out. Outwardly, he was a phenomenal teammate and an “intangibles guy” while failing to stuff statsheets with receptions and yards.

Laquon Treadwell Finds a New Team
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. © Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA TODAY NETWORK.

Throughout his Vikings tenure, the Mike Zimmer-led Vikings stubbornly clung to Treadwell, hoping he’d achieve eventual stardom. He played in 53 Vikings games in four years, tabulating just 701 receiving yards and two touchdowns. It was a rare 1st-Round miss for the Vikings at wide receiver, a franchise used to Randy Mosses, Percy Harvins, and Justin Jeffersons.

Treadwell recorded a “career year” in 2021 with the Jaguars, though, accruing 33 catches for 434 yards on a bad Jaguars team. All told in his career, he’s produced 104 receptions for 1,184 yards and 5 touchdowns — in 70 games. Treadwell averages 16.9 receiving yards per game.

He turned 27 in June. He logged an impressive 72.0 grade from Pro Football Focus in 2021. 

The Cardinals employ four other ex-Vikings: Nate Hairston (CB), Danny Isidora (OL), Blake Lynch (LB), and Nick Vigil (LB). All are either on the practice squad or injured reserve.

The Vikings hope to hit a 6-1 record during Week 8, which would be the team’s best start to a season through seven games since 2009.

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Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).


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