At about this time, one year ago, many Vikings fans and analysts were concerned that Trae Waynes was destined to be a bust due to his preseason struggles. I’ve consistently written about my belief in Waynes’ athletic abilities and pointed out that coach Mike Zimmer comes from an era when it was normal for a cornerback to sit and learn for a year or two before coming into his own as an NFL player. Now, with the slow start of first round pick Laquon Treadwell, I’m asking myself if the same benefit of the doubt applies.
In Cincinnati, during the first preseason game, Treadwell gained 41 yards on four catches in our first glimpse of him in a game setting. Treadwell hauled in those four passes on five targets. If someone were to try and wholly define a player off of that limited sample size, then Treadwell would likely be labeled as an unspectacular but dependable possession receiver.