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Bridgewater anxious for Treadwell to take field

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings rookie Laquon Treadwell would love to talk about the chemistry he's developing with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Then again, the wide receiver probably has more established with backup Shaun Hill.Treadwe...

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Laquon Treadwell of Ole Mississippi was selected by the Minnesota Vikings as the No. 23 overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on April 28 at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. (Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski / USA TODAY Sports)

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings rookie Laquon Treadwell would love to talk about the chemistry he’s developing with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Then again, the wide receiver probably has more established with backup Shaun Hill.
Treadwell, taken with the No. 23 overall pick in April’s draft, is still paying his NFL dues, so he is working with the second team while Stefon Diggs and Jarius Wright work with Bridgewater and the starters.
“The reps we do get, we try to make the most of,” Treadwell said Thursday.
Speaking during a team playground build at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus Lower School in St. Paul, Treadwell said his goal is to start, but for now, “I’m trying to continue to get better and learn.”
“I’m just making the most out of every opportunity I get on the field and every rep that I get,” he said.
Treadwell and Bridgewater sat together and painted pavers on Thursday. Afterward, Bridgewater talked up his new teammate.
“There’s a reason we drafted him in the first round, so we expect things from him this year, and we can’t wait to get him out there,” Bridgewater said.
Thursday marked the 11th straight year the Vikings have partnered with The Toro Company and non-profit KaBoom! to build a playground in the Twin Cities. More than 100 players, coaches and staff members joined about 100 volunteers.
“Great weather, great turnout, ton of laughter, ton of fun,” Bridgewater said.
The Miami native added to the laughter when he talked about the day Dolphins players came to Northwestern High School to distribute turkeys. It was the first time Bridgewater, then 13, met last year’s Vikings center, Joe Berger.
“He handed out turkeys to me,’’ said Bridgewater, who was visiting the school that day and later attended Northwestern High. “That’s pretty impressive, and now I’m taking snaps from him.”
Bridgewater said Berger once mentioned he attended the Thanksgiving event, and the quarterback then told him he was there. Berger was not at the playground build, but center John Sullivan said the story has made the rounds plenty in the locker room.
“I think it does (make Berger feel old), but I think being 34 is what really makes Joe feel old,’’ said Sullivan, who hopes to reclaim his starting job this season.
Bridgewater vows to appease Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and “take command” behind an offensive line retooled to better protect him.
“Each year, you get more comfortable as you’re in the system, but we’ve added some new weapons up front, ‘Quon in the first round,” Bridgewater said of Treadwell.
The Vikings have depth at wide receiver, so Treadwell realizes it might take some time to break into the lineup. But he’s optimistic.
“I still have a lot of things to get better at; until I do that, I’ll probably be (on the second team) for a while,” he said. “It’s a work in progress, and I’ve just got to stay focused. I think everybody here is confident for a (starting) spot, and I’ve just got to keep working.”

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