GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - “I just do my job and whenever my number gets called I go out there and do my best,” said Packers receiver Marques Valdes-Scantling.
MVS has been at his best of late, twice cracking the century mark in the last 3 games.
“They drafted me for a reason,” Valdes-Scantling said. “I think I can be in this league for a long time. I just want to keep getting better every week.”
There have been plenty of ways in which Valdes-Scantling has earned Aaron Rodgers' trust, it started with the deep ball catch against the Bills, and now he's earning opponents' respect.
“You have to respect the vertical routes with Marques,” Rodgers said. “And he has made the most of his opportunities. His speed is different than we have had here in years. He is a natural fast guy, and he plays fast. Some guys are timed fast and don't necessarily play as fast with the pads on.”
“Straight ahead there are a lot of guys that can run a 4.2, but you know they don't play fast,” Packers receiver Davante Adams said. “He came in doing that and I feel like that's one of the harder things for young guys to do is play fast, especially when you're not fully comfortable in the system yet.”
As the Packers celebrate their 100th season, it only makes sense to look at Valdes-Scantling's season through the lens of history. He's the first Green Bay rookie to have 2 100-yard games in 30 years! Since Sterling Sharp in 1988… and MVS is only half-way through this debut campaign.
“This confidence has been in me since day 1, so there hasn't been a moment where I was like, 'hey I belong in this league,' I knew I did,” Valdes-Scantling said.
“It's almost like it's really easy for him in terms of catching on and getting used to different things,” Adams said.
For perspective, Jordy Nelson didn't have a 100-yard game until his 3rd season, Randall Cobb his 2nd, while Greg Jennings, James Jones, and Davante Adams all each has just 1 as rookies.