Reports of Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s demise are greatly exaggerated.
The Green Bay Packers’ number two wide receiver found the end zone on the fifth play of Sunday’s week three game against the Denver Broncos. With the Packers’ offense set up at the Broncos’ 40-yard line, Aaron Rodgers drew Broncos edge rusher Bradley Chubb offside, earning a free play. MVS sprinted down the field, easily beating man coverage, as Rodgers floated the football to him in the middle of the end zone just across the goal line. MVS hauled in the football with a diving catch, giving the Packers’ the early lead.
Here’s a look at the play:
What a start! @AaronRodgers12 hits @MVS__11 for the 40-yard TD!#DENvsGB | #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/Eb9kZ7Sp5C— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 22, 2019
That play capped a five-play, 75-yard drive on the opening series of the game. Aaron Rodgers completed all three of his passes on the series, including two to Valdes-Scantling for 48 yards and one to Marcedes Lewis for a 19-yard gain.
On the ensuing series, the Packers allowed a long kickoff return, but the defense forced a three-and-out thanks to a Preston Smith sack of Joe Flacco on third down.