Marquez Valdes-Scantling was the standout player in the Green Bay Packers’ opening week preseason win. We all know the stats by now — five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.
That’s a 20.2 yard average, which potentially establishes Valdes-Scantling as the bonafide deep threat the Packers have been lacking. We’d like to see him with Aaron Rodgers before cementing that, of course.
Valdes-Scantling was the only receiver in the league to surpass 100 yards in week 1 of the preseason. He was also the league’s highest-rated receiver, according to Pro Football Focus. They gave him a 90.7 grade.
Here’s the rundown.
The Packers rookie was the only receiver this week to top the 100-yard mark. He did so on five catches – two of which were contested. His day could have been ever better though if he could have hauled in a diving deep pass mid-way through the fourth that he got both hands on.
That put him on their team of the week.
Granted, that team is populated largely with backups, considering most starters barely played in week 1. It’s a nice start for Valdes-Scantling nonetheless.
What will be interesting now is if the Packers give Valdes-Scantling any reps with Rodgers. QB1 will be getting what is likely to be his only preseason action in week 2 against the Steelers.
The receiver pecking order is pretty well established at the top, with Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison. But who’s next?
Trevor Davis has been injured most of camp. Rodgers likes Jake Kumerow, but he may still be a long shot to make the roster. Based on his performance thus far, Valdes-Scantling may very well be No. 4.
We’ll see if he can build off the week he just had.