‘It’s all about what’s next’ for Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

GREEN BAY – Marquez Valdes-Scantling ‘s last performance was a pretty darn good one, and in a big game to boot.

But you won’t hear the Packers’ speedy receiver talking about his four catches for 116 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown, in last January’s NFC title game as he enters a fourth season that could prove pivotal in his career.

He’s moved on to whatever lies ahead.

“Obviously it’s good, but who cares about the past,” Valdes-Scantling said after Saturday’s fourth practice of training camp. “It’s all about what’s next.

“If I had 10 catches or one catch, we didn’t win the game, and that’s all I really cared about. So obviously it wasn’t enough.”

It he sounds a little curt, it’s understandable. A native of Tampa who lives not far from last February’s Super Bowl site, Raymond James Stadium, Valdes-Scantling began his offseason being reminded of the loss to the Buccaneers on a daily basis.

By now, he’s put that behind him too, no different than all his big highlights from 2020 – career highs of 690 yards and six TDs, with six receptions of 40-plus yards that helped produce a league-best 20.9 per-catch average – or the low points that included some frustrating drops and a costly overtime fumble (the first and only fumble of his career, by the way).

Moving on is his mantra, whether from the ups or the downs, an approach that should serve him…

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