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MVS confident in Packers' receivers

How good are they?

February 25, 2019 - 3:43 pm

With injuries plaguing the depth chart, Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling found himself starting 10 games as a rookie in 2018. He played in all 16 games, finishing third on the team in targets (73), receptions (38) and receiving yards (581) – behind Davante Adams and Jimmy Graham in all three areas. Despite a 6-9-1 record, MVS is confident that he and his receiving corps can take things to the next level:

He might be on to something, too. The Packers offense was Top 10 in passing yards (4,238) last season (Top 10 in completions and attempts, too). The group also racked-up 208 first downs through the air – 12th most in the league.

A disproportionate amount of that success, though, came via the hands and legs of Davante Adams; he finished second in the NFL in touchdowns (13), seventh in receiving yards (1,386) and sixth in receptions (111) in a Pro Bowl season.

Where the passing game can take strides forward, and perhaps what Valdes-Scantling has in mind, is efficiency. At 6.1 net yards per attempt, the Packers’ passing attack ranked 20th in the NFL in 2018. Their 25 passing touchdowns ranked 20th, too.

If you consider what MVS did as a rookie compared to other rookie receivers in Mike McCarthy’s offense, he fared quite well relative to his contemporaries. Paired with fellow emergent rookie Equanimeous St. Brown, a second offseason of maturation for the duo could yield dividends for the passing game. If Geronimo Allison (a restricted free agent this offseason) can return from injury and produce at the pace he making last season, Jimmy Graham can find a more productive role and Matt LaFleur can balance the offense with his well-regarded rushing philosophy, the receiving corps could look even better still.

Whether you believe MVS or not, he might be on to something – the group has as real opportunity to excel in 2019.