Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling started to build a connection in 2018 but a slow start to this year’s training camp has somewhat overshadowed last season’s progress.
Through the first few weeks, the two have struggled to get on the same page in practice rarely connecting on big plays. Of course, QB1 did not play in the preseason opener, however, Valdes-Scantling played a sparring eight snaps. His lone target was incomplete and then negated by a holding call.
On Thursday, the two are expected to get some work in together with the starters planned to play multiple series. Matt LaFleur indicated Tuesday Rodgers will play a quarter or so against the Baltimore Ravens. That could mean the same for Valdes-Scantling if not some additional playing time with backup quarterback DeShone Kizer.
As he noted following yesterday’s practice, Rodgers is not too concerned about his lack of completions to Valdes-Scantling.
“I’m dialing in his speed,” Rodgers explained. “He’s so damn fast.”
In spurts, Valdes-Scantling showcased his 4.3 speed last year. He was the Packers most productive rookie receiver with 38 receptions for 581 yards and two touchdowns. These numbers put his yards per catch at an impressive 15.3.
As far as what is to come this season, we will find out soon enough.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.