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Cheese Curds, 9/3: MVS needs to back up the hype with his play

If the Packers’ speedster can do that, this offense could really take off.

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No other Green Bay Packers wide receiver possesses the sheer speed that Marquez Valdes-Scantling has. 4.37 speed is rare, and getting that speed in a 6-foot-4 frame is an even rarer combination.

This offseason, as MVS heads into his third NFL campaign, he is reportedly standing out for his work ethic and attention to detail, two factors that are essential to earning the trust of one Aaron Rodgers. And with Rodgers himself complimenting his receiver’s habits and performance in camp, the hype is building for a comeback season.

Last year, MVS became effectively an afterthought down the stretch. His ankle injury took a toll on his productivity, as did Allen Lazard’s emergence as the Packers’ number two option. But with his role as a deep ball specialist — no other receiver in the NFL was targeted on deeper post routes than him in 2019 on average — there should be plenty of opportunities, particularly with the Packers’ renewed focus on improving the play-action game.

It entirely possible that as MVS goes, so goes this offense. Hopefully he can stay healthy and carry over a strong training camp into good performances starting next Sunday.

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