Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #83
Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #83

Marquez Valdes-Scantling News

Inks three-year deal

The Chiefs have signed Valdes-Scantling to a three-year deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Per the report, the speedster's three-year pact is worth up to $36 million. Following the trade of Tyreek Hill, it was clear that the Chiefs needed to fortify their wideout corps and adding Valdes-Scantling to the mix is a step in the right direction. The 27-year-old, who caught 26 of his 55 targets for 430 yards and three TDs in 11 games with Green Bay last season, will bring a field-stretching element to a Kansas City wide receiver corps that also includes JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman, with further depth likely to arrive via free agency and/or the 2022 NFL Draft.

Mar 24, 2022 1:07 PM EST

Inactive versus 49ers

Valdes-Scantling (back) is listed as inactive for Saturday's wild-card game against the 49ers, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling came down with a back injury Week 18 at Detroit, and while he logged a limited practice when the Packers reconvened Tuesday, he proceeded to miss back-to-back sessions to close out this week. On Thursday, coach Matt LaFleur termed Valdes-Scantling doubtful to play in the team's postseason opener, and he'll sit this one out. In a fortunate turn of events, Randall Cobb completed his recovery from core muscle surgery and was activated from injured reserve Thursday, so he'll join Davante Adams and Allen Lazard in three-wide sets Saturday.

Jan 22, 2022 3:53 PM EST

Likely out for divisional round

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday that Valdes-Scantling (back) will be listed as doubtful for Saturday's divisional-round game versus the 49ers, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Even with the benefit of a first-round bye for the postseason, Valdes-Scantling hasn't been able to shake off the back injury he picked up in the Packers' Week 18 loss to the Lions. He began the week as a limited participant in practice Tuesday, but he was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday's session and wasn't on the field for the open portion of Thursday's practice, per Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site. Valdes-Scantling's downgrade in activity the past two days coupled with LaFleur's comments suggest that the wideout may have suffered a setback in his recovery from the injury. Allen Lazard and Equanimeous St. Brown will likely be tasked with replacing Valdes-Scantling as the Packers' main downfield threats, while Randall Cobb (groin) -- who is expected to be activated from injured reserve -- could have a regular role in three-receiver sets as Green Bay's primary slot man.

Jan 20, 2022 11:58 AM EST

DNP on Wednesday

Valdes-Scantling (back) was held out of practice Wednesday.

Analysis: One day removed from logging a limited session, Valdes-Scantling fell back to his activity level from last Wednesday's unofficial practice due to the back issue he picked up in the regular-season finale at Detroit. Ultimately, Thursday's injury report will be telling for his potential to suit up for Saturday's divisional-round game against the 49ers.

Jan 19, 2022 1:58 PM EST

Limited in return to practice

Valdes-Scantling (back) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling was removed from a Week 18 loss to the Lions in the second quarter and eventually diagnosed with a back injury. He wasn't a part of the Packers' unofficial session last Wednesday, but with a week to rest up he's back on the field with a cap on his reps. Valdes-Scantling will have two more chances to get back to full before the team potentially gives him a designation for Saturday's divisional-round game against the 49ers.

Jan 18, 2022 2:45 PM EST

Practicing Wednesday

Valdes-Scantling (back) took part in practice Wednesday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: The bye week appears to have treated the Packers well, as a number of key players on both the active roster and injured reserve mixed into drills at the media-access portion of Wednesday's session. Valdes-Scantling himself is dealing with a back issue that he suffered in the regular-season finale and kept him off the practice field last week. Wednesday's injury report will reveal his activity level.

Jan 18, 2022 10:54 AM EST

Not at practice

Valdes-Scantling (back) didn't practice Wednesday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling apparently isn't ready for practice three days after injuring his back in the second quarter of Green Bay's regular-season finale, but he does have extra time to get ready with his team on bye in the first round of the playoffs. If Valdes-Scantling isn't ready for the next round, Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb (IR/groin) will be the top candidates to take on extra snaps/targets.

Jan 12, 2022 9:31 AM EST

Picks up back injury

Valdes-Scantling departed Sunday's game at Detroit with a back injury, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Prior to heading to the locker room in the second quarter, Valdes-Scantling was unable to haul in his only target from Aaron Rodgers. The Packers thus are left with Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Equanimeous St. Brown, Juwann Winfree and Amari Rodgers at wide receiver for the rest of Week 18. Valdes-Scantling will have a week to rest and recover in advance of the team's playoff opener in the divisional round.

Jan 9, 2022 11:05 AM EST

Quiet in return

Valdes-Scantling was targeted three times and caught one pass for three yards in Sunday's 37-10 victory over the Vikings.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling returned to action after spending Week 16 on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and he played about as many snaps as he was handling prior to his absence. However, the Packers leaned heavily on four other players and Valdes-Scantling made only a blip in the box score. Valdes-Scantling remains a boom-or-bust fantasy option, and his prospects will be tilted toward the latter in Week 18, as starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers (toe) could be limited or held out altogether with the Packers' sewing up the NFC's No. 1 seed.

Jan 3, 2022 8:40 AM EST

Off of COVID-19 list

The Packers activated Valdes-Scantling (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling sat out the Packers' Week 16 win against the Browns after testing positive for the virus last Tuesday, marking his sixth absence of the campaign. Per usual, his production has been sporadic on a weekly basis when available, with a respectable 25-427-3 line on 51 targets in nine appearances. Valdes-Scantling will rejoin Allen Lazard as the co-No. 2s behind top wide receiver Davante Adams.

Dec 29, 2021 2:12 PM EST

Added to COVID-19 list

The Packers placed Valdes-Scantling on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Analysis: He becomes the second Green Bay player added to the list, joining defensive tackle Kenny Clark. Green Bay hasn't clarified whether Valdes-Scantling tested positive for the virus, but unless he's unvaccinated, the wideout will still have a chance at being cleared ahead of Saturday's game against the Browns if he's asymptomatic of the virus. The 27-year-old is coming off a big Week 15 outing against the Ravens in which he recorded five receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown on seven targets.

Dec 21, 2021 1:18 PM EST

Big game Sunday

Valdes-Scantling caught five of seven targets for 98 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-30 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling enjoyed one of his best performances of the season on a day when top wideout Davante Adams was limited to just 44 yards. Along with matching Adams' team-leading target tally, Valdes-Scantling went for long gains of 31 and 25 yards, with the latter catch coming on a third-and-nine play to begin the fourth quarter. Fittingly, Valdes-Scantling then scored from 11 yards to cap that series, marking his third touchdown of the campaign. After Sunday's encouraging outing, Valdes-Scantling will strive to keep his momentum going in Week 16 versus the Browns.

Dec 19, 2021 6:06 PM EST

Active for Week 15

Valdes-Scantling (back) is listed as active Sunday in Baltimore, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: After a week in which his practice reps were capped due to a back injury, Valdes-Scantling will be available to the Packers offense Week 15. Working alongside top wide receiver Davante Adams doesn't allow for consistent volume, but Valdes-Scantling and fellow secondary option Allen Lazard will aim to exploit a Ravens defense that has conceded 8.6 yards per target (seventh worst in the NFL) and 12 touchdowns (tied for 15th most) to the position in 13 games this season.

Dec 19, 2021 12:00 PM EST

Questionable after limited practice

Valdes-Scantling (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Baltimore, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: He appears on track to play after logging limited practices throughout the week. With Randall Cobb (groin) on IR for at least two more games and likely the rest of the regular season, both Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard have been in full-time roles alongside Davante Adams. The Packers and Ravens are scheduled for a 4:25 ET kickoff Sunday, with Amari Rodgers, Malik Taylor (abdomen) and Juwan Winfree the options to fill in at WR if Valdes-Scantling is inactive or limited.

Dec 17, 2021 3:09 PM EST

Another limited listing Thursday

Valdes-Scantling (back) was limited at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling maintained his listing from Wednesday's estimated injury report. He has one more session remaining during Week 15 prep, after which the Packers may give him a designation ahead of Sunday's game in Baltimore.

Dec 16, 2021 2:20 PM EST

Limited by back issue

Valdes-Scantling (back) was listed as limited on Wednesday's estimated injury report, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling has been hit or miss in his eight appearances this season, with two outings of more than 50 yards plus one touchdown, and every other game but one falling short of those thresholds. He and Allen Lazard are the co-No. 2 wide receivers behind top dog Davante Adams, but Valdes-Scantling's status now is one to monitor as Week 15 prep goes on.

Dec 15, 2021 2:41 PM EST

Catches three passes

Valdes-Scantling was targeted five times and caught three passes for 20 yards in Sunday's 45-30 victory over the Bears.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling caught at least three passes for the third game in a row, but he also took a clear back seat to both Davante Adams and Allen Lazard in Week 14. Valdes-Scantling has been plenty busy of late, racking up 24 targets over his last three games and playing at least two-thirds of the snaps in each contest, but he also caught just 11 passes during that span, and 75 of the 193 yards he tallied came on one play. He will take on a depleted Ravens secondary in Week 15, but he will presumably be a boom-or-bust option in fantasy lineups.

Dec 13, 2021 9:20 AM EST

Commands nine targets

Valdes-Scantling recorded four receptions on nine targets for 50 yards in Sunday's 36-28 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling finished tied for the team lead with nine targets and likely benefited from the absence of Randall Cobb (groin) in the second half. Nevertheless, Valdes-Scantling now has 19 targets combined across his last two games. He continued to serve as a deep threat for the team, as he recorded a 28-yard reception early in the third quarter. As a result of that reception, Valdes-Scantling now has at least one reception of 20 or more yards in three consecutive games and has topped 40 total receiving yards on each occasion.

Nov 28, 2021 8:07 PM EST

Rips off 75-yard TD

Valdes-Scantling had four receptions on 10 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling moved into the starting lineup with Allen Lazard (shoulder) missing the contest. The 27-year-old took full advantage of the opportunity, breaking off a 75-yard touchdown while nearly matching his total season output in just one game. Lazard's status for Week 12 is still up in the air, so Valdes-Scantling could get another start alongside Davante Adams against the Rams. That scenario could result in another high-usage game for MVS if the latter has to deal with Jalen Ramsey.

Nov 21, 2021 3:58 PM EST

Ready to face Vikings

Valdes-Scantling (hip) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling was limited in practice Friday for the second day in a row due to the hip issue, but the Packers weren't concerned enough about the injury to deem him questionable heading into the weekend. Meanwhile, Allen Lazard (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for the Week 11 contest, so Valdes-Scantling should have a clear path to a regular spot in three-receiver sets alongside No. 1 option Davante Adams and slot man Randall Cobb. Valdes-Scantling, Lazard and Cobb had split work as the Nos. 2 and 3 receivers in last week's win over the Seahawks, with the snap shares of all three players hovering between 59 and 67 percent.

Nov 19, 2021 12:47 PM EST

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