Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard will miss significant time after suffering a core injury before their matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. Now it’s time for Marquez Valdes-Scantling to prove the critics wrong.
The Green Bay Packers have had tough luck to start the season with injuries, especially at wide receiver. Davante Adams has missed a game due to a hamstring, Equanimeous St. Brown hasn’t played a game yet, and now Allen Lazard is expected to miss multiple weeks due to a core injury.
Packers' WR Allen Lazard underwent core muscle surgery this week and is out indefinitely, per source. Lazard is coming off the best game of his NFL career, a six-catch, 146-yard performance against the Saints.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 1, 2020
Lazard stepped up for the Green Bay Packers in the absence of Adams as he is coming off the biggest game of his career against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football where he caught six passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
Now, it’s time for Valdes-Scantling to do the same. The good news is that Adams practiced on Thursday and was in pads on Friday, so Valdes-Scantling won’t have to do it himself if Adams is good to go.
Valdes-Scantling is coming off a disappointing 2019 season where he finished with 26 catches for 452 yards and two touchdowns. So far, the 25-year old has shown promise. The Green Bay Packers have liked what they have seen in the first two weeks of the season as Valdes-Scantling totaled seven receptions for 160 yards and one touchdown.
Unfortunately, it was a rough Week 3 performance for Valdes-Scantling as he ended up with one catch for five yards. This shows the inconsistency of Valdes-Scantling and the Packers can’t afford to keep seeing that. With the injury to Lazard, the third-year receiver out of USF has drawn criticism and demand from people for the Packers to look into trading for a wide receiver or look into free agency.
There is no better week for Valdes-Scantling to prove the critics wrong as the Green Bay Packers are set to play on the big stage on Monday Night Football against a horrendous Atlanta Falcons defense, who have allowed the second-most passing yards per game (350.3) and the most points allowed per game (36.0) in the NFL.