No. 2 Jaguars player who doesn’t get enough respect: Laquon Treadwell
Laviska Shenault Jr. and Marvin Jones Jr. could have easily appeared on this list and nobody would have batted an eye. Then again, Shenault is poised to bounce back in 2022 and Jones has been dubbed an underrated player so many times that it may no longer make sense to call him such. On the other hand, Laquon Treadwell was a low-key solid addition to the Jaguars last year.
A first-round selection by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2016 draft, the former Ole Miss Rebel failed to make an impact early in his NFL career. During his four-year stint in Minneapolis, Treadwell hauled 65 receptions for 701 yards and two touchdowns. There are several receivers that can rack up better numbers in a single season and to nobody’s surprise, he was released in 2020.
Treadwell went on to sign with the Atlanta Falcons but he wasn’t much better, amassing a measly six catches for 49 yards and two trips to the end zone. Surprisingly, he joined the Jaguars after last year’s draft and while he seemed like a long shot to make their 53-roster, he put up a good fight throughout training camp.
Despite the fact that Treadwell came short and didn’t ultimately make the cut, he landed on Jacksonville’s practice squad, waiting for his chance. He got it in November when he was signed to the active roster and made the most of it, making eight starts and catching 32 passes for a career-high 416 receiving yards. What makes this even more noteworthy is that he accomplished the feat in just eight games.
The Jags recognize Treadwell and gave him a one-year deal this offseason. H will have a decreased role due to the arrival of Christian Kirk and Zay Jones but he showed last year he’s step up if called upon.