Minnesota Vikings first round draft pick Laquon Treadwell is inactive for today’s game against the Carolina Panthers. The team’s 2016 first round draft pick has been a quiet addition, playing in just a handful of snaps this season.
It’s the first “healthy scratch” of Treadwell’s young career and a disappointing development for the former Ole Miss star. In his place, Jarius Wright is active for the first time this season. Minnesota’s most veteran wide receiver will likely play his first snaps against the Panthers as the Vikings try to score against Carolina’s stingy defense.
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The Vikings also announced a few starter changes. While a few may surprise, many of the moves are either game plan dependent or strategic. Although Xavier Rhodes is active for today’s game, he’s listed as a backup to Trae Waynes. Minnesota may be playing mind games with Carolina, or, easing Rhodes back into the lineup. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Rhodes start the game, even with Waynes listed as the starter.
On the other side of the ball, Matt Asiata will start at running back. Earlier this week, head coach Mike Zimmer named Jerick McKinnon the starter, giving the impression he’d open the game in the backfield with Sam Bradford. But this morning, the team gave starting duties to Asiata; like the Waynes-Rhodes decision, this may be another example of gamesmanship from Zimmer and the Vikings.
Elsewhere, T.J. Clemmings will replace Matt Kalil at left tackle and Shamar Stephen will man defensive tackle for Sharrif Floyd. Both Kalil and Floyd underwent surgeries this week that will keep them out for an extended period of time.
WR Brenton Bersin
WR Damiere Byrd
CB Teddy Williams
RB Jonathan Stewart
LB Jeremy Cash
G Tyler Larsen
DE Ryan Delaire