Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling‘s offseason work got a rave review from quarterback Aaron Rodgers and part of the reason may be because of who the wideout has been working out with. Valdes-Scantling is being tutored by Randy Moss as he prepares for his second NFL season.
Valdes-Scantling has a similar build to Moss, but the 2018 addition to the Hall of Fame’s advice has not centered on how to be more like him. Valdes-Scantling said Moss has advised him not to “try to emulate anybody” and be his own player once he’s back on the field for the Packers.
On the second day, Valdes-Scantling was there again.
Whether first-year coach Matt LaFleur sent out his base personnel or a three-receiver set, the man known around Lambeau Field as "MVS" was part of the package during this week’s practices.
If the mandatory minicamp revealed anything about the Packers’ new offense, it’s that the second-year pro is a starter. In fact, he probably is the No. 2 receiver behind Adams. with Geronimo Allison likely slated as the slot man in the three-wide look.
We were assuming Allison would serve as the No. 2 option until we heard differently. Well, now we're hearing differently. We've flipped MVS and Allison in the projections. He's looking like a nice value in the double-digit rounds, and recently went 9.01 in one of our 4for4 mock drafts.
“There’s nothing wrong with having a go-to guy (like Davante) who’s that dynamic and trying to find ways to get him the ball, but I think obviously we need complementary pieces in place,” Rodgers said. “I think [Marquez Valdes-Scantling] has had a fantastic spring and really stepped up as a guy who can be an every-down player.”
Heading into 2019, it was Geronimo Allison who was believed to be the Packer's WR2 after an impressive 2018 campaign where he was on pace for a 76-catch, 1156-yard, eight-touchdown output before being sidelined with a groin/core muscle injury. It will be interesting to see how the rest of camp plays out for this talented WR corps as different guys begin to fight for their place on the depth chart.
Valdes-Scantling is currently being drafted as WR61, leaving boards in the 14th round in redraft leagues and WR63 with a 13th-round ADP in best-ball formats. Allison's ADP is six rounds earlier in redraft as WR37 and three rounds sooner in best-ball leagues as the 52nd WR being selected. Both wideouts present solid value and could see their draft spots climb as training camp rolls on.
The story said it would be the first known head injury for Cobb if he is diagnosed with a concussion. If he can't play in Week 16, MVC and St. Brown would get a potential bump in snaps but have been risky this season.