That’s the area in which Valdes-Scantling hopes to take the biggest leap this year after he stepped in as the No. 2 receiver last year following injuries to Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison.
In 16 games with 10 starts, Valdes-Scantling showed a partial glimpse of what dimension he can bring to an offense with his 38 catches for 581 yards and two touchdowns.
He made perhaps his biggest play of training camp Wednesday, hauling in a 34-yard touchdown from Aaron Rodgers to end the first-team offense’s two-minute drill.
Yet, Valdes-Scantling wasn’t tossing any bouquets to himself after practice. While Rodgers credited his young receiver for really jumping out this offseason, Valdes-Scantling remains steadfast in his mission to earn his quarterback’s unwavering trust and prove he can be more than just a big-play threat.
“Obviously, I can run well but I want to be an all-around receiver and not just a guy who can stretch the field vertically,” Valdes-Scantling said. “I want to be able to do it all.”
Packers cornerback Tramon Williams believes the young receiver is well on his way, especially after watching the work Valdes-Scantling put in this offseason from afar.
Entering his 13th NFL season, Williams covered Moss on multiple occasions, including during his final NFL season with San Francisco in 2012, and is confident the Hall of Famer’s perspective will benefit Valdes-Scantling in the long run.
“You think about MVS’ body type. You think about Randy Moss’ body type. Similar,” Williams said. “To get a chance to have a work out with a guy of that magnitude, it can do a lot for your confidence. MVS already has a lot of ability. He’s probably got Moss-type speed. He’s shown a lot already and he’s going to be one of the guys who we’re depending on this year.”