Valdes-Scantling secured four of six targets for 96 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' 43-34 win over the Vikings on Sunday. The oft-maligned third-year wideout, who disappeared for long stretches last season, was a surprising beneficiary of a prolific passing day by Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. Valdes-Scantling was a distant second to Davante Adams in both receptions and receiving yards on the Packers, but he locked in a productive fantasy day courtesy of a pretty 45-yard scoring grab with 14 seconds remaining in the first half. The strong start to the season is a welcome sight for Green Bay's third receiver, and he'll look to carry over the momentum into a Week 2 home battle versus the Lions next Sunday.
The Packers list Valdes-Scantling as their No. 3 receiver on their first unofficial depth chart heading into Sunday's season opener at Minnesota, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports. Though his chances of cracking a regular role in the Packers' three-receiver formations increased greatly after Devin Funchess opted out of the 2020 season, Valdes-Scantling still had to earn a starting role in training camp. He appears to have done just that, beating out Equanimeous St. Brown and Malik Taylor for the No. 3 job. Even if Valdes-Scantling resumes handling the 60-plus percent snap share he routinely enjoyed in the first half of the 2019 season, he'll still likely be a tertiary option in the passing game behind top wideouts Davante Adams and Allen Lazard and running back Aaron Jones.
According to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, the Packers are "counting on Valdes-Scantling rediscovering his health and confidence" and filling the No. 3 receiver spot on the depth chart. Valdes-Scantling got off to a fine start in 2019, tallying 21 receptions, 416 receiving yards and two scores over his first seven games. However, he went dormant after that, tallying just 36 yards the rest of the way while battling lower-leg injuries and losing his spot in the offense. Despite the poor finish, Valdes-Scantling has shown flashes both years he has played in the league, and the Packers are banking on him bouncing back from last season's quiet second half. He will have to earn his spot, though, with a host of other players competing for the No. 3 job behind Davante Adams and Allen Lazard.
Valdes-Scantling finished with 26 catches for 452 yards and two touchdowns over 16 regular-season games in 2019. Valdes-Scantling started the season as the inherent No. 2 wide receiver behind Davante Adams, and the team expected big things out of the second-year pro after showing flashes of a deep threat in his rookie campaign. The 25-year-old was still good for a few deep balls, recording 17.4 yards per catch, but he slowly saw his playing time drop as the season went on. He posted just four catches for 32 yards over the final eight regular-season games, and he logged just six offensive snaps between two playoff contests. He ceded duties to Allen Lazard, Geronimo Allison and Jake Kumerow -- all undrafted free agents. Valdes-Scantling -- a 2018 fifth-round pick -- has two years remaining on his rookie contract, but he'll struggle to carve out a role in 2020. The Packers will likely have Equanimeous St. Brown (ankle) back in the fold, and they'll surely re-sign Lazard while Allison and Kumerow could be options as well. That's not to mention the likelihood they pick a receiver or two in the draft. MVS has the raw talent to retain a roster spot with a 4.37-second 40, but he'll need to show improvement this offseason.
Valdes-Scantling was targeted once and had one reception for eight yards in Sunday's divisional round win over the Seahawks. Valdes-Scantling appeared to sit fourth on the depth chart at the wide receiver position heading into the playoffs, but he operated as the fifth receiver Sunday and took the field for just five offensive plays.
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