In Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers trust.
This season marks a full decade since Aaron Rodgers last played in a Super Bowl. Rodgers, who turns 37 in December, can’t afford to waste any more time.
Enter Valdes-Scantling, the third-year wideout who could be the key to a Green Bay Packers trip to Super Bowl 55.
Aaron Rodgers needs to break his Super Bowl drought
From 2011-19, Aaron Rodgers completed 64.6% of his passes fo4 34,223 yards, 277 touchdowns, and only 52 interceptions in 127 games.
Both the per-game and seasonal averages were each phenomenal. Rodgers averaged 270 passing yards, two touchdowns, and less than half an interception per game.
Rodgers averaged 3,802 yards, 31 touchdowns, and six interceptions per year.
All of this is relevant because, in the end, it may not have meant much. Rodgers hasn’t made it back to a Super Bowl since he and teammates left AT&T Stadium holding the Lombardi Trophy in February 2011.
How long has it been? Jordan Love, who now backs Rodgers up in Green Bay, had turned 12 years old a couple of months beforehand.
Rodgers isn’t a spring chicken anymore, even in a time where quarterbacks are playing well into their late 30s. Rodgers turns 37 in December and, unlike the always-durable Tom Brady or Drew Brees, has battled injruies in the past.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling is a third-year wideout
Football fans outside of Green Bay may want to learn Marquez Valdes-Scantinling’s name as soon as possible.
A third-year wideout from the University of South Florida, Valdes-Scantling caught 64 passes for 1,0333 yards and four touchdowns in his first two seasons.
Although his overall numbers dipped last year, Valdes-Scantling’s yards per reception improved from 13.3 to 17.4. He had a 74-yard touchdown grab against the Oakland Raiders last October.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling is impressing Aaron Rodgers
If Aaron Rodgers is right, the Green Bay Packers may have a rising star in Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
In a recent media session with reporters, Rodgers shared just how impressed he is with the third-year receiver.
“I’m proud of the way that he’s gone about his business. I thought he had a fantastic Sunday and made a bunch of plays, some heady plays and just some plays he’s supposed to make. Now he’s making the catches he’s expected to make and he’s adding some extra plays in there where he’s doing some smart things and showing the growth so I’m really proud of MVS.”
Rodgers also called Valdez-Scantling “explosive” and said the receiver is “an improved route runner.”
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur took a similar stance when discussing Valdez-Scantling.
‘I think he’s much more knowledgable than he was a year ago in understanding the detail of what we’re trying to get done,” LaFleur said. “And he’s shown improvement, in all facets … I think he’d done a nice job.”
With Davante Adams locked in as the Packers’ No. 1 wideout, Valdes-Scantling would likely line up as the No. 2.
Green Bay opens its season on September 13 against the rival Vikings. Valdes-Scantling has six career catches for 31 yards against the Vikings.