Jaguars News: Laquon Treadwell Signs With Team After Tryout

Devon Platana
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed free-agent WR Laquon Treadwell after trying out for the team.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed free-agent WR Laquon Treadwell after trying out for the team. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

It's not every day that an NFL team gets a former first-round talent trying out for them at a minicamp. However, that's what happened with free-agent wideout Laquon Treadwell earlier this week when he tried out for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 23rd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Treadwell hasn't lived up to his hype yet. However, he'll get a second chance this season.

The Jaguars were impressed enough by Treadwell's tryout that they signed him to a contract for the 2021 campaign. The 26-year-old wideout spent the first four seasons of his career with the Minnesota Vikings before playing for the Atlanta Falcons in 2020.

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There was a lot of hype surrounding Treadwell during his draft year. After all, he was coming off of a season that saw him tally 1,153 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns for the Ole Miss Rebels.

Unfortunately, he hasn't replicated that success in the NFL. In his five seasons since getting drafted, Treadwell's best performance came in 2018 as he finished the campaign with 302 receiving yards and a single TD. That's just not good enough for a former first-rounder.

However, there could be the possibility that Jacksonville staff and management believe that Treadwell is young enough to turn his career around.

Treadwell's signing is just the latest in the Jaguars' efforts to surround 2021 first overall pick Trevor Lawrence with as many pass-catching options as possible. The team already had wideouts DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault Jr. returning from last year. They also signed veteran WR Marvin Jones Jr. to a two-year, $12.5 million this offseason.

That's not even to mention how Jacksonville reunited Lawrence with his college running back, Travis Etienne, who is a proficient pass-catcher in his own right (102 receptions for 1,155 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns in 55 collegiate games).

Even with an improved offense, it's looking like the 2021 NFL season could be tough for the Jaguars. FanDuel Sportsbook has their odds of making the playoffs set at +330, which is far from ideal. That's not even to mention the Jaguars' underwhelming Super Bowl odds, which currently sit at +10000.

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