MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings drafted Laquon Treadwell in the first round last spring, 23rd overall, in hopes he could spark a passing game that had ranked 31st in the league in 2015. And while the Vikings’ passing offense did jump to 18th in the league in 2016, Treadwell was responsible for only 15 yards of the team’s output.

He caught one pass, from Sam Bradford on Nov. 6 against the Detroit Lions, during a rookie season marred by nagging injuries that found Treadwell on the periphery of the Vikings’ offense at many times. He was targeted only three times in the nine games he played, before an ankle injury suffered on special teams in Jacksonville on Dec. 11 curtailed his season.

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