Packers: Five players key to victory in Week 1 vs. Vikings

Green Bay Packers, Kenny Clark (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Marquez Valdes-Scantling
Green Bay Packers, Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

Marquez Valdes-Scantling

When you get mentioned by name by an All-Pro quarterback, you will catch the attention of everyone. Aaron Rodgers went out of his way multiple times during this training camp to praise the work of Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Now MVS has to show us all why.

The team was heavily criticized for not going after a pass catcher more aggressively this past offseason. This was absolutely ludicrous to the outside world. In a draft full of talented wide receivers, the Packers took a pass. No trades, no big name free agents, just Devin Funchess who has since opted out of the 2020 season.

Outside of the surprising cut of Jake Kumerow, the wide receiver corps is pretty much status quo from last year.

MVS had a disappointing season by all standards in 2019. An ankle injury against Detroit in a Monday night game in week six, is probably a big reason why.

Either way, if he can have a strong showing in week one, it would go a long way of extinguishing the fears in Packers nation to start the year.

Davante Adams is the clear cut number one, he will get his touches and put up his numbers. But the more important question is who will be the number two?

Allen Lazard was the presumptive number two coming into camp, but after a strong camp, an impressive showing by MVS could change that in a hurry.