Cliff wrote:Not really. Would I have rather him come out and be great immediately? Of course. I guess I just don't necessarily expect anything out of a rookie especially with this coaching staff who seems to prefer holding a player back until they feel they're "ready". That might be a game, it might be a season. Disappointment is based on expectation and mine were very low to begin with.
Mine weren't high but it would have been nice to see at least a 30 catch, 400 yard season out of Treadwell, something to indicate he might one day prove worthy of the investment.
Being disappointed is a feeling and it's not controversial at all. I can easily see why someone feels that way, I just don't.
I don't know if he made it an easy choice or not. They could have used help in the red zone but they felt the players on the field were better than equipped to handle it than the rookie. I don't see the problem with that.
The problem lies right there in what you just stated. They could have used help in the red zone and they didn't feel he was better-equipped to provide it than the players they were using... and with the players they were using, they were in a position where they could have used help in the red zone.
In other words, last season, he wasn't able to provide any of the help he was drafted to provide.
He didn't play well in the one game he saw significant playing time. That's true. To me that shows that the coaching staff was right to keep him on the bench.
But the decision to keep him on the bench isn't the issue. It's the fact that apparently, he belonged on the bench.
I think the receivers were playing well enough in an offense that was badly broken and didn't give them much time to get open to keep a rookie on the bench. I don't think that necessarily speaks to Treadwell's future any more than a 1st round rookie QB sitting behind an adequate, if unimpressive, starter.
I'm not saying it necessarily speaks to his future one way or another, although it should at least raise a little concern about it. As I wrote upthread, he could still turn out to be a good receiver but he's off to a bad start. I can't imagine either he or the Vikings envisioned a 1 catch season for him when he was selected last April.
Hopefully, he'll take a big step forward in 2017.