2. Marquez Valdes-Scantling
Stat line: 2 catches, 53 yards, 2 TDs
Speaking of Marquez Valdes-Scantling, his stat line may not be that impressive but he made those two catches count.
This game is really a microcosm of MVS’ career. His first opportunity came when he was wide open running across the field for an easy first down when he looked to run before finishing the catch and dropped the ball.
Later in the half, he burned right past the 49ers secondary and was wide open for a 52-yard touchdown.
Inconsistency has been the only consistent attribute for MVS in his career. A game like the one Thursday night followed by weeks of a disappearing act.
MVS’ second touchdown is something the Packers need to see more of. It wasn’t just using his speed to get past everyone, he had to focus and make the catch.
From the one-yard line, Rodgers rolled out to his right trying to get the ball to Adams when Valdes-Scantling came streaking across the back of the end zone to get open and made the sliding catch.
The Packers cannot afford to have MVS pull another disappearing act over the rest of the season. While they will be getting Allen Lazard back, there isn’t any more help on the way.
Valdes-Scantling must string together stronger performances, eliminate the mental lapses in his game and become a consistent threat for the Packers to become a legitimate contender of the Super Bowl trophy.