Start the MVS Hype Train As Rodgers Sings His Praises
Marquez Valdes-Scantling had a tough 2019 season. Sophomore slumps can be a thing in football, basketball, baseball. It seems very common in all sports honestly. Why does it happen? Who knows. A sports psychologist would have better insight than your boy. Valdes-Scantling or MVS, for those who like acronyms, fell into the sophomore slump category. He truly struggled with Matt LaFleur’s new offense and did not have an encouraging second year. At different times of the season, it felt like MVS was in quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ dog house or LaFleur did not like what he was seeing out of the receiver. This training camp has been different. Rodgers is singing his praises and discussing the development of Valdes-Scantling.
"It's been nice to see Marquez really turn it on." https://t.co/9q4CszZASQ
— Bill Huber (@BillHuberSI) September 2, 2020
People thought my take of the Packers being okay at wide receiver was crazy, but this played a part in it. Not exactly MVS being this awesome receiver again, but understanding that the Packers have some talent at the receiver position besides Davante Adams. Players such as MVS, Allen Lazard, or Equanamious St. Brown can all emerge as top-flight talent with Adams. And if the Packers are running less and less 11 personnel (Three wideouts, one running back), it didn’t make sense to invest in another wide receiver.
If the Packers can get the middle of the field prowess that Lazard brings combined with the take-the-top off the defense ability of MVS, the Packers are going to be very hard to beat. The other part of the MVS resurgence is it doesn’t seem like it’s all about the vertical deep balls. He made four third-down catches. That is important. The more guys Rodgers trusts on third down, the better the Packers offense is going to be this season.
It is absolutely wild that we are a week away from the Packers kicking off their season against the Minnesota Vikings. Cannot wait.