Offensive Player of the Week: Marquez Valdez-Scantling shines in pre-season opener


We made it guys, football is officially back. What better way to start the season than with a convincing 31-17 win over the Tennessee Titans.

The offense, while a bit sloppy at times, had many solid performances. The player that shined brightest under the bright lights of Lambeau, though, was the 5th round pick out of South Florida, Marquez Valdez-Scantling.

Valdez-Scantling lead the lead the team in receptions (5), yards (101), and tied with Jamal Williams and Jake Kumerow for touchdowns (1). The most impressive part of Valdez-Scantling’s offensive performance was his targeting efficiency. Marquez was targeted 6 times in the game; once by Hundley, three times by Kizer, and twice by Boyle, catching five balls on six targets.

Valdez-Scantling’s first major play came early in the third quarter when Deshone Kizer hit MVS on a streak down the middle of the field for a 51 yard reception. This is a text-book example of Valdez-Scantling’s potential as a deep threat, with his large size and speed.

The next major play of the night for Marquez was with 3:54 left in the fourth quarter, where Valdez-Scantling ran a fade to the corner of the endzone on a pass from Tim Boyle, again using his athleticism to contort his body and make the play over a turned around Joshua Kalu.

Valdez-Scantling also took the kick-returning duties for the night, and although he did not light the world on fire with his returns with 3 returns for a 20.3 average, he was serviceable. With the bar set so low by Trevor Davis, I can see Valdez-Scantling being an upgrade at that position.

One pre-season game is not an indicator that Valdez-Scantling will be a successful NFL player, but it certainly shows potential. Valdez-Scantling was drafted for his potential and it was very encouraging to see a solid first performance on an NFL stage. There are opportunities for playing time, and Valdez-Scantling could be using his pre-season time to try and capitalize on securing a spot in the rotation.

Written by:Michael Sawasky(@Sawask00)

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