Davante Adams reveals why Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the ‘best he’s ever looked’
Marquez Valdes-Scantling failed to live up to the hype last season with the Green Bay Packers. After a disappointing campaign from him in 2019, Davante Adams revealed why Valdes-Scantling is the ‘best he’s ever looked’ heading into the 2020 season.
“He looks the best he’s ever looked,” Adams said. “I’m excited for what’s going to come from him because I think just part of his maturation process was understanding some of the small things and how they matter and why finishing a healthy 10-yard sprint after you catch the ball or getting into the end zone, different things I kind of adopted when I first got here watching guys like Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
Before last season, there was a ton of expectations surrounding Valdes-Scantling as Green Bay’s No. 2 wide receiver. However, after flashing potential as a rookie in 2018, Valdes-Scantling struggled to be a reliable option for Aaron Rodgers in 2019.
The South Florida product would finish with only 26 receptions for 452 yards and two touchdowns. As a result, he’d lose playing time to guys like Geronimo Allison and Allen Lazard. Lazard is expected to assume the No. 2 role alongside Adams to begin the upcoming season.
Adams, who took a couple of years to get acclimated to the NFL himself, believes Valdes-Scantling is beginning to get a grasp of the little things with the Packers that are important to being successful.
“It takes a little second for that stuff to jell and for you to fully grasp, sometimes, why it really matters.”
Much was made this offseason about the Packers and their lack of firepower at the wide receiver position. Despite Adams’ optimism, fans in Green Bay are waiting to see if Valdes-Scantling can translate his improvements in training camp to gameday.