By Zach Kruse
Marquez Valdes-Scantling is fast. That’s no mystery. The Green Bay Packers’ second-year receiver ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds coming out of USF in 2018.
Playing fast during OTAs and minicamp is what helped fuel his standout offseason.
Both Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams were impressed by Valdes-Scantling’s play speed during the Packers’ offseason workout program.
“You might time at a super-quick 40, but how fast do you play?” Rodgers said, via Mike Spofford of the team’s official site. “It’s that football speed. It’s the opposite for a guy like James Jones, who timed kind of slow but he played fast. MVS is playing a lot closer to his 40 time speed, which is saying a lot because he’s pretty damn fast.”
Valdes-Scantling, who caught 38 passes and averaged 15.3 yards per catch as a rookie, headed into summer break as one of the Packers’ top breakout candidates in 2019. Marrying his natural speed with playing fast on the field could turn him into a matchup nightmare in Matt LaFleur’s new vertical passing game.
“He runs fast, but he plays even faster,” Adams said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “And you don’t always see that with the guys who run 4.3. Sometimes, they come out and play slow. But he’s not thinking much. He’s just...