KANSAS CITY – The Chiefs remade their receiver room over the offseason and one of the key changes is former Packers wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
The fifth-year player made his hay as a deep threat in Green Bay thanks to his combination of elite size and speed. It worked really, well, too. Per Pro Football Reference, MVS’s career average of 17.5 yards per reception leads all wideouts with at least 247 targets since 2018. In fact, it’s a full yard better than second-place Mike Williams.
It’s safe to say that Valdes-Scantling was mainly a deep threat with the Packers. Per Sports Info Solutions, MVS ran 68 routes that were either classified as a go/fly route or a post route in 2021. That easily led the Packers and was 21 more than second-ranked Davante Adams.
The numbers aren’t the only thing that backs that up, Valdes-Scantling has no problem saying he had a certain role with the Packers.
“Not necessarily saying I was limited in Green Bay, but we had specific roles that we did,” MVS recently told reporters. “When I was there, we were a pretty good offense for four years, so it worked. We won a lot of football games. So, you know you can’t really complain when you’re winning.”
Per Pro Football Focus, Valdes-Scantling ran routes of 20+ yards 44.9% of the time in 2021, which is the highest rate among all receivers with at least 17 targets of 20+ yards. Packers quarterbacks averaged 33 air yards when targeting MVS deep, which was fifth-highest among qualifying players.
And that was in just 11 games. His numbers probably would’ve been higher had he played a full season.
But all this is likely to change with the Chiefs. While MVS will still be used as a deep threat, Andy Reid sees another use for him.
“He’s [MVS] a big kid, but he’s got really good flexibility,” said Reid. “He can change directions and he’s got that speed, which we all knew he had. He’s able to work some of the primary underneath routes that he maybe didn’t do quite as much in Green Bay because of who they had there. I’ve been pleased with how he goes about his business. He’s doing a nice job.”
Another element to Valdes-Scantling’s game adds another layer to the Chiefs passing attack, which is already versatile in its own right.
Just add this to the list of more things to watch out for when the Chiefs’ new-look passing attack hits the field on Sundays.
You can check out Scantling’s OTAs press conference, below:
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