Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling finished top three in the NFL in intriguing stat in 2018
The Green Bay Packers are hoping for a potential resurgence on offense in the 2019 NFL season. Perhaps wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling could emerge as another factor in the passing game moving forward.
Valdes-Scantling showed plenty of promise during his rookie campaign. According to Pro Football Focus, he finished top-three in separation rate last year.
The Packers’ Marquez Valdes-Scantling posted the third-best separation rate in 2018 and could emerge as he enters Year 2.
The Packers’ Marquez Valdes-Scantling posted the third-best separation rate in 2018 and could emerge as he enters Year 2. pic.twitter.com/l2rlh8Ocj6
— PFF (@PFF) June 20, 2019
This is certainly an intriguing statistic on Valdes-Scantling. He was part of an overhaul of wideouts from the 2018 NFL Draft as a former fifth-round pick. The injury to wide receiver Randall Cobb gave him an opportunity to become a starter early on. Although he struggled to find his footing in the offense, he still managed to finish the 2018 campaign with 38 receptions for 581 yards and two touchdowns.
The Packers have since ushered in some significant changes to their roster and coaching staff this offseason. New head coach Matt LaFleur has indicated that he would like to take on a more balanced approach on offense. While this could undoubtedly lead to a stronger emphasis on the run game, he could also be alluding to the passing game. Last year, it relied heavily on the heroics of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Davante Adams.
Although Rodgers and Adams have established themselves as one of the NFL’s premier passing duos, they will need to start relying on some of their other young talent to avoid becoming one-dimensional. Valdes-Scantling could be among the beneficiaries serving as the potential No. 2 option moving forward.