Patrick Mahomes: Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s done a great job of learning the offense

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With Tyreek Hill off the team, the Chiefs notably have to somehow replace his production.

One of the players the team will rely on to do so is free agent signee Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Kansas City signed him to a three-year deal in March, bringing in the speedy receiver after he spent his first four seasons with the Packers. He missed several games due to injury in 2021, finishing the year with 26 catches with 430 yards with three touchdowns.

At the end of the Chiefs’ offseason program last week, quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Valdes-Scantling has been a quick study, acclimating himself to the team well.

“I think he’s done a great job of learning the offense really fast and making plays when his number’s been called,” Mahomes said at his press conference. “He’s a smart guy, so you can see why he’s able to pick up stuff so fast. And he has a good feel for everything, especially there in the earlier part when we had a couple of guys banged up — he got a lot of reps and made a lot of plays.”

Because of that, Mahomes gained confidence that Valdes-Scantling could continue making plays when everybody returned to the field.

“So you saw a couple of them down the sideline where it was one-on-one and I just threw it up and let him make a play and he did,” Mahomes said. “So that’s a good thing to see and hopefully it carries on in training camp and into the season.”

Valdes-Scantling’s best season came in 2020, when he caught 33 passes for 690 yards with six touchdowns — leading the league with a 20.9-yard reception average.

Overall, he has 123 receptions for 2,153 yards with 13 TDs in 59 games with 39 starts.

13 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s done a great job of learning the offense

  1. Chiefs will be the team to beat in this division with the Chargers a very close second. Followed by the Broncos making some noise with a solid defense and Russell Wilson behind center.

    Raiders take a giant step backwards, again this season. No draft picks this year and they wasted too much on a WR that won’t provide the same production in GB.

  2. They’ll be benching Mahomes towards the end of the season as it will be a lost year for this team.

  3. It seems that KC is the reclamation team for other’s castoffs. They develop their personnel on offense not until Golden State. And when they let you go, you no longer show you have the chemistry to fit in.

  4. This year is where we see if there is an evolution of Patrick Mahomes. I think the loss of Tyreek Hill is going to have a greater effect than some people are wanting to talk about at this point. He produced at a high level and opened up everything for everyone else because of the coverage that had to be shifted his way. Rolling with MVS, Juju, Mecole Hardman, Skyy Moore, Josh Gordon, and Justyn Ross now? The drop off is real.

  5. pats92 says:
    June 20, 2022 at 10:17 am
    They’ll be benching Mahomes towards the end of the season as it will be a lost year for this team.

    Your jealousy is showing.

  6. He finally gets to play for coaches who know how to utilize players abilities. Should be his best season by a lot.

  7. “pftancelledme says:
    June 20, 2022 at 10:53 am

    How upset will Green Bay fans be when MVS balls out this season?”

    Not very, he’s a talented player… just not $10Mil/year talented, IMHO. Happy he got paid, I’m sure he’ll be a good player for KC.

  8. pftancelledme says:
    June 20, 2022 at 10:53 am
    How upset will Green Bay fans be when MVS balls out this season?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I’ll just sit back and shake my head. All MVS has to do is get over the drops, and I believe he’ll do exactly that (or more accurately, already has). You could see it all starting to come together for him as the season progressed last year.

    The Packers have had a long line of really-good-to-great receivers that didn’t “come on” until year three or year four and I’ve been saying for quite a while, MVS was going to be the next one. I still think so. Only now, KC will reap the rewards.

  9. Hill leaving is over-hyped. I can’t think of a single player that left the Chiefs in the last 5 years who had their career improved from it. Other than Hardman who seems to have shown his ceiling to be a 700 – 900 yard receiver, there are 4 other receivers on that team with the potential to break out this year (although Gordon seems content to just be a contributor at this point).

  10. People forget that Hill was playing for the Chiefs before Mahomes arrived and wasn’t making much noise. Why? Because Alex Smith would not throw deep. Mahomes without Hill is 4-1…soooooo…..yeah.

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