Valdes-Scantling is an emerging breakout candidate now that he's heading to the Chiefs. Though he's not expected to even remotely replace Tyreek Hill, the tall, lanky speedster will get some opportunities from week to week to put up some big plays, perhaps more than he did with Green Bay since he won't share the field with a stud No. 1 wideout anymore. Confusing Valdes-Scantling with a receiver who will command top target share, however, would be a massive mistake. In his career he has just eight games with eight-plus targets, and he had five-plus receptions in just three of those eight. Valdes-Scantling remains a bench receiver worth a late-round dart throw.
The Chiefs have signed Valdes-Scantling to a three-year deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Per the report, the speedster's three-year pact is worth up to $36 million. Following the trade of Tyreek Hill, it was clear that the Chiefs needed to fortify their wideout corps, and adding Valdes-Scantling to the mix is a step in the right direction. The 27-year-old, who caught 26 of his 55 targets for 430 yards and three TDs in 11 games with Green Bay last season, will bring a field-stretching element to a Kansas City wide receiver depth chart that also includes JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman, with further depth likely to arrive via free agency and/or the 2022 NFL Draft.
Valdes-Scantling (back) is listed as inactive for Saturday's wild-card game against the 49ers, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports. Valdes-Scantling came down with a back injury Week 18 at Detroit, and while he logged a limited practice when the Packers reconvened Tuesday, he proceeded to miss back-to-back sessions to close out this week. On Thursday, coach Matt LaFleur termed Valdes-Scantling doubtful to play in the team's postseason opener, and he'll sit this one out. In a fortunate turn of events, Randall Cobb completed his recovery from core muscle surgery and was activated from injured reserve Thursday, so he'll join Davante Adams and Allen Lazard in three-wide sets Saturday.
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday that Valdes-Scantling (back) will be listed as doubtful for Saturday's divisional-round game versus the 49ers, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Even with the benefit of a first-round bye for the postseason, Valdes-Scantling hasn't been able to shake off the back injury he picked up in the Packers' Week 18 loss to the Lions. He began the week as a limited participant in practice Tuesday, but he was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday's session and wasn't on the field for the open portion of Thursday's practice, per Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site. Valdes-Scantling's downgrade in activity the past two days coupled with LaFleur's comments suggest that the wideout may have suffered a setback in his recovery from the injury. Allen Lazard and Equanimeous St. Brown will likely be tasked with running most of the downfield patterns that are staples of Valdes-Scantling's route tree, while Randall Cobb (groin) -- who is expected to be activated from injured reserve -- could have a regular role in three-receiver sets as Green Bay's primary slot man.
Valdes-Scantling (back) was limited at Tuesday's practice. Valdes-Scantling was removed from a Week 18 loss to the Lions in the second quarter and eventually diagnosed with a back injury. He wasn't a part of the Packers' unofficial session last Wednesday, but with a week to rest up he's back on the field, albeit with a cap on his reps. Valdes-Scantling will have two more chances to get back to full participation before the team potentially gives him an injury designation ahead of Saturday's divisional-round game against the 49ers.
Valdes-Scantling (back) took part in practice Tuesday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. The bye week appears to have treated the Packers well, as a number of key players on both the active roster and injured reserve mixed into drills at the media-access portion of Tuesday's session. Valdes-Scantling himself is dealing with a back issue that he suffered in the regular-season finale and kept him off the practice field last week. Wednesday's injury report will reveal his activity level.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Los Angeles Chargers||2||17.00|
|4||10/02||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||20.53|
|5||10/10||Las Vegas Raiders||4||17.67|
|7||10/23||@San Francisco 49ers||19||21.90|
|11||11/20||@Los Angeles Chargers||2||17.00|
|12||11/27||Los Angeles Rams||22||22.05|
|18||01/08||@Las Vegas Raiders||4||17.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||58||28||524||4||20||18.71||76|