Second-year wide receiver, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, was held without a catch in the Packers week nine game against the Chargers. It was the first time this season it has happened, however, it’s not the first time Valdes-Scantling has disappeared during a game. Other than the occasional home run play, too often does Green Bay’s young receiver go missing when they need him most.
With Davante Adams out for four games, Valdes-Scantling totaled six catches for 203 receiving yards. 65 percent of those yards came against one of the weakest secondaries in the NFL in the Oakland Raiders, and it was on two catches. For the season, he has 420 yards on 22 catches for an average of 19.1 yards per catch.
These numbers are better than his rookie season, but what this team lacks is another volume receiver to take some of the workload away from Adams. So far, that hasn’t been Valdes-Scantling.
On Sunday, the offense looked as bad as it has all year. 184 yards of total offense is the Packers’ lowest output since week 17 against the Lions in 2018. Adams returned, but instead of limiting his impact after a significant injury, he was pretty much featured. He had a team-high 11 targets and seven receptions totaling 41 yards. Meanwhile, Valdes-Scantling was only targeted twice and undrafted free agent Allen Lazard led the team with 44 yards on just three catches.
You can honestly make the argument that right now, Lazard is the second most dependable receiver on the roster. While Adams was out, the prospect out of Iowa State totaled 12 receptions for 149 yards. In comparison, Valdes-Scantling was slightly more productive, but Lazard was keeping the chains moving and showing up on film more often.
Everyone was hoping, the former fifth-rounder would take a step forward this season in terms of his role within the offense. In some ways it has. Aaron Rodgers trusts him more when looking downfield, however, it still leaves a void for a possession receiver.
Is Valdes-Scantling just the occasional deep threat, or can he expand his impact on the game week in and week out?
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. Brandon graduated from Longwood University in 2016 with a degree in mass media. He has covered the Packers for over two years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.