Aaron Rodgers says Marquez Valdes-Scantling had “fantastic” spring

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Marquez Valdes-Scantling made 38 catches for 581 yards and two touchdowns last season. But did he earn the trust of his quarterback?

In the scathing Bleacher Report story this spring, Tyler Dunne said Aaron Rodgers “showed virtually zero trust in his three rookie receivers, J'Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown” and had “zero interest” in developing them.

A source told Dunne that Rodgers “didn’t like” Valdes-Scantling.

But Valdes-Scantling’s targets did not decline down the stretch. Forty of his 73 targets came in the final eight weeks, including nine in Week 16 and eight in Week 17.

Rodgers said this week that while wanting to get the ball to Davante Adams more than last season when Adams’ 169 targets was only one shy of Julio Jones‘ NFL-leading number, he also has confidence in his other receivers.

The Packers have wideouts Geronimo Allison, Jake Kumerow and Trevor Davis as well as tight end Jimmy Graham to go with the three receivers they drafted a year ago.

“There’s nothing wrong with having a go-to guy who’s that dynamic and trying to find ways to get him the ball,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “I think obviously we need complementary pieces in place.

“I think Marquez has had a fantastic spring and really stepped up as a guy who can be an every-down player, and then I expect a big bounce-back year from Jimmy. He’s healthy; he’s feeling good. This offense I think fits him and his body type, but I’m not going to shy away from throwing the ball to Davante.”

31 responses to “Aaron Rodgers says Marquez Valdes-Scantling had “fantastic” spring

  1. Does this mean Aaron will show disgust in his own play on the field instead of always pointing the finger and dressing down his receivers?

  2. With all of the errors found in Tyler Dunnes’ Bleacher Report piece, and the amount of current and former players who’ve ridiculed the story, I simply don’t believe a single word of it.

    Anyway, it’s good to see that MVS is building on his solid rookie campaign.
    I know he’s getting a long look at the starters role opposite Adams, with G-Mo working out of the slot, but as it’s been said before, everything’s quite fluid in LaFluer’s offense and he’ll have guys lining up everywhere.

    One thing’s for sure, regardless of where he’s playing, Valdes-Scantling will be called upon to do some of the heavy lifting in this offense, so I hope he’s ready.

  3. The Packer Head Coach getting a lot of ink today from PFT…What does his assistant Matt Lefluer have to add?

  4. “A source told Dunne that Rodgers “didn’t like” Valdes-Scantling.”

    “He said mean things about me” Rogers was heard to mutter to no one in particular.

  5. Really PFT? You’re going to dust off the poorly/un sourced Dunne report every time Rodgers comments on a teammate this year? Please spare me. No evidence whatsoever that he had zero interest in developing the rookie receivers last year. Quite the opposite, actually.

  6. No evidence whatsoever that he had zero interest in developing the rookie receivers last year. Quite the opposite, actually.
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    Maybe you can enlighten the rest of the PFT board by what exactly this means?

  7. It’s not uncommon for raw WRs to take 2-3 years to develop. If just two of the rookies from last year make an average leap forward, the Packers offense will be significantly more dangerous this year. Can’t wait for the season to start!

  8. This is the guy that Rodgers froze out because he would not ignore McCarty’s play call and talked about it in the press.

    Stepping up without pads is nice but lets see Rodgers throw the ball to him in an actual game before we get ahead of ourselves

  9. Rodgers is a fantastic teammate and a better person. He’s been influenced with the athleticism of Favre and the character of Starr. They were all influenced by the history and accomplishments and respect earned by the Green Bay Packers. I couldn’t be prouder of the manner in which Rodgers handles and presents himself, on and off the field. Any team would automatically improve with him on it. If he annoys particular trolls, who leave us with an impression of every three minutes of every day, who could ask for more?

  10. Stepping up without pads is nice but lets see Rodgers throw the ball to him in an actual game before we get ahead of ourselves
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    We saw it 38 times last season…

  11. In his rookie year, MVS had double, that’s right, double the production that Adam Thielen had in his first 2 years combined.

    The Packers know how to manufacture superstar WR’s.

  12. Rodgers didn’t like these WRs because they were trying to run the routes the coach called for the play. Rodgers had his own idea as how it should be run. The dissension will continue with the new coach.

  13. Unfortunately for many of the up and coming receivers, Rodgers knows the routes better than they do. Do it as he expects, and there won’t be any problems. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

  14. Rodgers didn’t like these WRs because they were trying to run the routes the coach called for the play. Rodgers had his own idea as how it should be run
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    So if a QB or WR notices a certain defensive tendency they shouldn’t take advantage of that by altering a route? That’s called smart football.

    But to suggest Rodgers is redesigning plays mid-game is ridiculous.

  15. Rodgers didn’t like these WRs because they were trying to run the routes the coach called for the play. Rodgers had his own idea as how it should be run.
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    Were you watching as the offense got progressively worse 2014-2018?..

  16. pkrlvr says:
    June 6, 2019 at 8:35 pm
    Stepping up without pads is nice but lets see Rodgers throw the ball to him in an actual game before we get ahead of ourselves
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    We saw it 38 times last season…

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    We saw it 38 times last year with the guy Rodgers froze out, not the fantastic stepped up version. Or do you think what will see will be the same as last year? (btw, i do)

  17. cheeseisfattening says:
    June 7, 2019 at 11:52 am
    We saw it 38 times last year with the guy Rodgers froze out, not the fantastic stepped up version. Or do you think what will see will be the same as last year? (btw, i do)
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You apparently watch a lot of Packer football. After being annoyed by Rodgers every three minutes of your life, we were expecting a comment or two from you.

    Anybody that pays that much attention to a man can’t possibly feel the way you do. You know what they say; The one you hate is the one you love the most. I’m starting to understand.

  18. Listen to the little tough guy queen fan. Always trying to spew garbage about the best team in the history of the Nfc North..The Green Bay Packers. Obsess much? MVS was only a rookie last year. The guy still had some splash plays. His future looks a lot brighter than treadwell!!!

  19. cellarperformance says:

    Rodgers is a fantastic teammate and a better person. He’s been influenced with the athleticism of Favre and the character of Starr.
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    I almost threw up when I read that. I realize that you have a huge mancrush on Aaron, but that is just a bold faced lie and an insult to Favre and Starr.

  20. gtodriver says:
    June 8, 2019 at 6:27 am
    I almost threw up when I read that.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Swallowing bitter pills will do that.

    Drink some water.

  21. How do you know he isn’t a good teammate? Did the bitter whiner greg jennings tell you this?

  22. minnytrollpolis says:
    June 9, 2019 at 5:11 pm
    How do you know he isn’t a good teammate? Did the bitter whiner greg jennings tell you this?
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    Yes it was greg jennings that said he was a bad teammate. No wait, it was jermichael finley. No wait, it was KGB. No wait, it was marcedes lewis. No wait, it was MVS. No wait, it was Jeff Janis.

  23. Ambitious and speculative reporters trying to make a name for themselves as well as disgruntled ex-employees, no longer employed anywhere, always make the best observations don’t they?

    Other players, gave their opinions of the Rodgers hatchet-job:
    James Jones: all BS
    Ha Ha Clinton Dix: all BS
    Jordy Nelson: all BS
    Jayrone Elliott: all BS
    Ryan Grant: all BS
    Jermaine Whitehead: all BS
    Casey Heyward: all BS
    John Kuhn: all BS
    Tramon Williams: all BS

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