Last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell played a whopping seven snaps. He even had a really nice 15-yard reception on a largely inconsequential fourth down late in the fourth quarter of a game that was already decided.
Treadwell must have been feeling himself after his (not-so-) big catch. Perhaps it was because that reception was his first of the season. Maybe it was because that lone catch for 15 yards matched his entire output from his rookie season. Another possibility: he was simply happy to be employed after getting cut before the season only to be re-signed after Chad Beebe got hurt.
Whatever it was, Treadwell might have made his biggest impact of the season after the game. In a post-game locker room video where Mike Zimmer was addressing the team after the big win over Philadelphia, Treadwell can be heard saying “eeeeasy” while Zimmer was talking about going on the road to face the Detroit Lions.
It wasn’t the most blatant trash talking, but Lions fans and players alike have taken notice nonetheless. Detroit cornerback Darius Slay may have summed it up best when talking to the Detroit Free Press this week:
I mean, everybody saw that...You know we saw that.
Look who said it. But I ain’t worried about that. I’m playing ball. He was just here last week for a tryout here. Like, some weeks ago, before he got picked up back by Minnesota. So nobody care about that. I’m (here) to play ball.
We’re going to go out on a limb here and assume that Zimmer is none too happy with his wide receiver for the comment. Treadwell has played all of 21 offensive snaps since rejoining the Vikings, a team that may not have re-signed him in the first place had they not already been on the hook for the guaranteed portion of his salary. Slay’s “look who said it” comment is pretty damning; to have a first round bust provide any sort of perceived “bulletin board material” is not a good look for anyone involved.
Vikings fans have been hoping for Treadwell to make a significant impact for three and a half years; hopefully his comment won’t prove to be his only major contribution.