The Facts: The Vikings spent the spring spelling out the stakes for Treadwell, their 2016 first-rounder, heading into his second season, whether by calling this a "critical" offseason for the wide receiver (as OC Pat Shurmur did in February) or signing a veteran (like Michael Floyd) who could cut into Treadwell's playing time in Year 2. By the sound of things on Wednesday, it seemed as though Treadwell has taken the Vikings' hints.
Diehards Line: According to ESPN.com's Ben Goessling, Treadwell was in the team's top three-receiver sets during the Vikings' first open OTA on Wednesday, working with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. And after practice, Shurmur sounded impressed with what he's seen from Treadwell since the Vikings welcomed players back into their building last month. "He’s had a great, in my opinion, five-and-a-half weeks," Shurmur said. "He came back and he was really on point with what he’s supposed to be doing mentally. ... To this point, we’ve been really pleased with his progress based on a year ago." Of course, Floyd has spent just two days with the team, working to get up to speed in the Vikings' offense while Treadwell has continued to work in the scheme he played in last year. Floyd could get more opportunities with the first-team offense through the rest of the offseason, and into training camp and the preseason, if he shows he can add a downfield threat to the passing game. Still, Treadwell is making a strong early impression while trying to work his way back from the fringes of the Vikings' offense.