Packers: Marquez Valdes-Scantling can still be difference-maker

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

Marquez Valdes-Scantling can still be a difference-maker for the Packers offense.

After his first seven games, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling was on pace for just under 1,000 yards receiving in 2019.

But the second-year receiver finished with only 452 yards and two touchdowns, barely making a catch in the second half of the season. A disappointing finish to what looked to be a breakout season for MVS.

However, a key reason for Valdes-Scantling’s struggles? Injuries. MVS was dealing with both ankle and knee injuries which limited him for much of the season.

Speaking to reporters earlier this week, Valdes-Scantling said that although he was dealing with injuries, he never lost confidence in himself.

“I never really lost my confidence,” Valdes-Scantling said. “Obviously, getting injured is going to play a huge part into it but I never lost confidence in myself. I always believed in my ability, but obviously when you’re battling through some injuries, you’re going to have some bad days.”

Now healthy, Valdes-Scantling is off to a good start at training camp.

Aaron Nagler of Cheesehead TV also noted that Valdes-Scantling put in a good practice on Thursday. And that’s exactly what the Packers need from their third-year wide receiver.

The opportunity is certainly there. For the most part, this wide receiver group hasn’t changed much. Equanimeous St. Brown is back and Reggie Begelton is competing for a roster spot, but the Packers’ biggest offseason addition at the position, Devin Funchess, has opted out.

If Valdes-Scantling can rediscover some of the form he had at the beginning of the 2019 season, he’ll have a key role to play in Matt LaFleur’s offense. MVS has shown time and again how valuable he can be as a deep threat in this offense.

Becoming a more consistent receiver is the next step he needs to take. With the injuries behind him, Valdes-Scantling can play an important role on offense for the Packers this season.