Falcons Sign Laquon Treadwell To 53

A former first-rounder is back on an active roster. Receiver Laquon Treadwell has been activated off the practice squad COVID list and signed to the Falcons’ 53-man roster, the team announced Tuesday.

Fellow receiver Olamide Zaccheaus was placed on injured reserve with a toe injury in a corresponding roster move. The Vikings drafted Treadwell 23rd overall in 2016, but obviously that pick never panned out. He caught only one pass as a rookie, and never topped 302 yards during his four years in Minnesota. After his rookie deal expired (with his fifth-year option not being picked up), he signed with Atlanta back in March.

He was waived at final cuts, but quickly added back to the practice squad. Now with Zaccheaus headed to IR and Julio Jones nursing a hamstring injury that kept him on the sidelines in Week 12, Treadwell could manage to get some playing time. Still only 25, it’s nice to see the Ole Miss product get another opportunity.

Zaccheaus is a 2019 UDFA from Virginia. He made the 53-man roster as a rookie but played mostly on special teams, catching three passes for 115 yards. This time around he’d been playing a bigger role, and had a couple of huge games in Weeks 4 and 9 when he went off for 86 and 103 yards respectively. The unheralded wideout will be eligible to return in Week 16. If he doesn’t make it back, he’ll finish his sophomore campaign with 20 catches for 274 yards and a touchdown while making two starts.

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  1. cka2nd

    Correction: Treadwell’s rookie deal did not expire, it was terminated when he was cut before the start of his fourth season, the last year on his rookie deal, leaving the Vikings on the hook for more than $2.5 million in dead cap space.

    He was re-signed three-and-a-half weeks later after Chad Beebe, the team’s WR3, was injured and then placed on IR. Olabisi Johnson was promoted to WR3 and eventually, with Adam Thielen’s injury, to WR2, and so Treadwell advanced up the depth chart from WR4 to WR3 before sliding back down to WR4 when Thielen returned.

    The sad thing is, Treadwell probably played the best ball of his career last year, after he was cut and re-signed to a $720,000 Street Free Agent contract.

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