The Jacksonville Jaguars signed wide receiver Laquon Treadwell back in June. At the time, it looked like nothing more than a depth move. However, the former first-round pick is making serious noise in training camp and is giving the team’s brass something to think about.
John Oehser of the team’s official website believes Treadwell has a legitimate shot to make the Jaguars 53-man roster.
"One is that wide receiver Laquon Treadwell continues to look like he has a very real chance to make this team. A first-round selection by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2016 NFL Draft, Treadwell signed with the Jaguars in the offseason. He hasn’t outshone the top three receivers – DJ Chark Jr., Marvin Jones Jr., and Laviska Shenault Jr. – but he may have been the team’s most consistent receiver thus far after that group."
Jamal St. Cyr of News4Jax believes the Illinois native looks like a playmaker, “Treadwell seems to make plays every day and is constantly open”. The 2016 first-round pick has appeared in 58 games with 16 starts and four touchdowns over his five-year career. He spent last season with the Atlanta Falcons but wasn’t much of a factor, playing just five percent of the offensive snaps, and catching six passes for 49 yards. To his credit, he scored a career-high two touchdowns.
Is there enough room on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster for Treadwell?
The Jaguars didn’t really have the need to acquire Treadwell and nobody would bat an eye if they moved on from the former Viking. However, it looks seems like he’s got a sense of urgency ahead of his sixth season in the NFL.
Former first-round picks always get two, three, and even four chances to unlock their potential. Treadwell is no different and he’s making the most of the opportunity the Jaguars have granted him. It’s uncertain what clicked for the wide receiver. It’s possible that the Jaguars’ coaching staff knows how to push the right buttons. Maybe it’s Jacksonville’s weather. Regardless of the reason, he’s on a mission to showcase his talent.
On the other hand, it’s not a given he will make the 53-man roster because of the depth at wide receiver. DJ Chark, Marvin Jones, and Laviska Shenault are the top three receivers. Phillip Dorsett and Jamal Agnew will most likely take two more spots and the last one could go to rookie Jalen Camp. Unless Treadwell beats Camp or the Jags carry seven wideouts in 2021, he may not make the cut.
Another possibility is the practice squad. Treadwell would most likely be a candidate if he doesn’t make the team. The Jags could promote him from the practice squad and later revert him. Also, he would be the first in line to get signed if someone misses extended time.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, just like every other NFL team, will have to make some tough choices when trimming down their roster to 53. Treadwell is doing everything he can to ensure he gives them no choice but to keep him.