Green Bay Packers: 3 Players Who Must Bounce-Back in 2020

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 06: Byron Jones #31 of the Dallas Cowboys tries to break up a pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling #83 of the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

Marquez Valdes-Scantling

We are all more than well aware that the Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver unit underwhelmed in 2019. It was talked about all last season, and it’s been talked about all offseason as well. And Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s second-half struggles contributed to the problem.

Over the Packers’ final seven games of the season, Valdes-Scantling’s snap count plummeted. During that span, he would be on the field for just 97 total snaps, barely averaging out to over 13 per game. As expected, his production fell off a cliff as well, with only four receptions on 15 targets for 32 yards.

Whether it was because of an injury, falling out of favor with Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur after a few misplayed balls, or a combination of the two, this offense needs Valdes-Scantling to rebound in 2020.

With his 4.38 speed, he is still the best deep threat option on this team. And although it is expected that the run game will play a larger role this year, taking shots downfield off of play-action, or just in general, are still going to be a big part of this offense, which should mean plenty of opportunities for Valdes-Scantling.

Now the good news is that not all of the 2019 season was bad. Through the first seven games, he would average nearly 20 yards per catch on 21 receptions with two touchdowns. That’s the Marquez Valdes-Scantling we hopefully see on the field this year.