Packers need more from Marquez Valdes-Scantling in Year 3

Green Bay Packers, Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers will be hoping Marquez Valdes-Scantling can take a step up in his third season.

We saw glimpses of the impact Marquez Valdes-Scantling can make in Matt LaFleur’s offense.

His 47-yard catch against the Chicago Bears set up the only touchdown of the game in the Green Bay Packers‘ season-opening victory. It was a tough night for the offense overall, but MVS got open deep down the field to make a key play.

He then had 99 yards and a touchdown in the Week 3 win against the Denver Broncos. A 74-yard touchdown against the Oakland Raiders showed off his ability after the catch in his only 100-yard game of the season.

Unfortunately, most of Valdes-Scantling’s best plays came early in the season and these moments were few and far between. He made just five receptions in his final eight games for a total of 36 yards.

After impressing in training camp, the Packers hoped MVS would make a second-year jump and become a consistent number two or three receiver. But he actually finished with fewer catches and yards than in his rookie season.

But the Packers shouldn’t give up on Valdes-Scantling yet. Do they need to add more talent at wide receiver this offseason? Absolutely. But MVS is still young and has shown potential.

Let’s not forget Davante Adams‘ second season in the NFL. He struggled with drops and dealt with injuries throughout the season, leading to many fans believing he should be cut in favor of giving more opportunities to Jeff Janis.

In Adams’ second year, he finished with 483 yards and a touchdown. MVS finished with 452 yards and two touchdowns this season.

That’s not to say history will necessarily repeat itself, just that the development of young players doesn’t end after two seasons. The 2020 season will be Valdes-Scantling’s third, and second in LaFleur’s offense. He could become a more consistent contributor next season.

It will be an important season for Valdes-Scantling. If he fails to make an impact, the Packers may move on. They’ll be hoping for more from MVS in 2020, but we shouldn’t give up on him yet.