It could be a big second season for Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the Green Bay Packers offense.
When reading reports of the Packers’ OTAs and minicamp, one name keeps coming up: Valdes-Scantling. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated wrote earlier this month that MVS is a player to watch at training camp. Breer reported that Valdes-Scantling is “faster than the new staff anticipated he’d be”.
And it sure looks like he’s in line to be a starter in Matt LaFleur’s offense. That’s exactly what happened when the Packers began minicamp — MVS started at wide receiver alongside Davante Adams, as reported by Rob Demovsky of ESPN.
Valdes-Scantling made a number of impressive plays throughout his rookie season. He finished second on the team in receiving among wide receivers with 581 yards and two touchdowns.
MVS made plays on screen passes. He made plays underneath. He also made plays deep down the field. And Valdes-Scantling also made a touchdown catch in the red zone. Now he gets the opportunity to work in a more creative offense, and one that teammate Davante Adams believes is “catered” for Valdes-Scantling.
Things can change, of course, but the fact LaFleur had MVS starting in two-WR sets at minicamp shows how impressive he has been so far this offseason.
Valdes-Scantling can make big plays when he gets the ball in the open field, and he could also make a big impact catching screen passes in LaFleur’s offense.
The number one focus of defensive coordinators against the Packers will be to cover Adams. That’s going to create opportunities for the other receivers, and MVS could be set for an excellent second season working in a new and more creative offense.
Be sure to draft him in fantasy football as he could be one of the top waiver wire pickups early in the season.
Will MVS hit 1,000 yards receiving? With so many talented pass catchers, that won’t be easy, but the second-year receiver could be set for over 900 yards and around six touchdowns.