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GREEN BAY Ray Nitschke Color Rush Jersey , Wis. — Packers receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling turned to Twitter to give a tutorial about how to pronounce his first name.Get it straight: It’s “mar-QUEZ” and not “mar-KEZ.”More Packers coverageBucks’ Wes Matthews loves Wisconsin, is a Vikings fanPreview: Packers look to slow Vikings’ revitalized run gameTop Tweets: Yelich thanks fans for support after season-ending injuryAmos sparks rebuilt Packers defense in debutPackers to be tested again by familiar foe in Zimmer, Vikings“It happens all the time,” Valdes-Scantling said this week about the mispronunciation. “So there is no ‘k’ in my name.”Keep making highlight-reel plays and announcers will catch on soon enough and get it right.The fifth-round selection out of South Florida is about to get more consistent playing time after Geronimo Allison went on injured reserve this week. Green Bay hosts the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.This is quite the impression that Valdes-Scantling has left the last few weeks, with breakaway speed and a 6-foot-4 frame that allow him to snare jump balls.“The biggest thing is just him gaining the trust of (quarterback Aaron Rodgers) as fast as he has,” veteran wideout Randall Cobb said. “It’s really impressive that Aaron wants to come to him in certain situations. He’s making those plays for him.”To the tune of 17 catches for 358 yards and two scores so far for Valdes-Scantling, plus a team-high 21.1 yards per catch. He has touchdown catches in two of his last four games, with 100 yards receiving in each of the other two games during that span.The production increase is in part due to helping fill in for Allison and Cobb while each player missed a few games with hamstring injuries. Cobb is questionable again for the Dolphins game because of hamstring trouble.That leaves more opportunities for Valdes-Scantling to be the second receiver behind Davante Adams.The process of gaining Rodgers’ trust, though, isn’t easy. It requires more than just making catches.“It’s not going to happen in one day. You’ve got to learn the plays, you’ve got to know the plays,” Valdes-Scantling said. “He’s going to quiz you in practice, so you’ve just got to know all those things. It just happens over time.”Proof of the payoff came late in the third quarter of last week’s loss at New England, with the game tied at 17. Deep in Packers territory, Rodgers rolled right, where he quickly found two defenders trying to close in on him for a sack.The two-time NFL MVP threw a high pass that traveled about 30 yards to Valdes-Scantling at around the 36. The rookie adjusted near the sideline to the throw while on the run. With a defender a couple steps behind him, Valdes-Scantling turned and jumped high for the catch .He’s the breakout contributor of the three receivers taken by the Packers in the draft.Fourth-rounder J’Mon Moore has just one catch for 10 yards. Sixth-rounder Equanimeous St. Brown has seven catches for 143 yards, and moves up in the depth chart behind Valdes-Scantling.“At the end of the day, (Valdes-Scantling) has been given some opportunities, probably more than we all anticipated due to the injury, and he’s just delivered,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “So you can see with the success and the production he’s had, his confidence grows more and more each week.”NOTES: RT Bryan Bulaga (knee) and LB Blake Martinez (ankle) are also questionable for Sunday. CB Kevin King (hamstring) is out, as expected. … S Kentrell Brice (knee) and DL Mike Daniels (shoulder) were dropped from the injury report. Gutekunst has approached "every available avenue" in re-shaping the Packers’ roster over the past year." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesAcme Packing Company homepageHorizontal - WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityFollow Acme Packing Company online:Follow Acme Packing Company on TwitterFollow Acme Packing Company on FacebookFollow Acme Packing Company on InstagramLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchAcme Packing Company main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Brian Gutekunst has stayed true to his word in exploring talent in his short time as Packers’ GMTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesWhen Brian Gutekunst was named General Manager of the Green Bay Packers in January 2018, he was quoted as saying that the organization would not leave any “stone unturned as far as every avenue of player acquisition.” In almost a year and a half as a leader of the front office https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Reggie-White-Jersey , Gutekunst has stayed true to his word.Just this week, writers noted distinct differences between Gutekunst and his predecessor Ted Thompson in terms of their strategies of acquiring talent. Not only have the Packers added high-caliber special teams players in the hopes of also uncovering the talents that made them drafted as position players, they have also more thoroughly explored the waiver claim market. While Green Bay continues to largely employ a draft-and-develop strategy for building its roster, it has not been the only method of acquiring talent under the new regime.DraftGutekunst’s first draft as GM in 2018 resulted in a promising group of young players. While the development of second-day selections Josh Jackson and Oren Burks will be a key to the long-term assessment of the class, early contributions from Jaire Alexander, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Equanimeous St. Brown are more favorable than some of the Packers’ recent drafts.Outside of Thompson’s trade back into the first round to pick Clay Matthews in 2009, the Packers have rarely showed as much early-round aggression in draft-day trades as they have the last two years under Gutekunst. Last year, the Packers traded back from pick 14 in the first round with the New Orleans Saints to gain an extra first round choice in 2019. They then used a third-rounder to trade back up to get the man they wanted in Alexander. Even this April, Green Bay took no chances of losing Darnell Savage, trading up nine picks to scoop up the safety. While it is too early in Gutekunst’s tenure to judge his drafting skill, he has at least been aggressive via that route.Undrafted Free AgentsAny disciple of Thompson can be expected to value the undrafted free agent pool and Gutekunst has been no different, keeping several such players that were signed last offseason. The Packers retained Tim Boyle, Alex Light, Raven Greene, and James Crawford on the initial 53-man roster, while eventually activating Tyler Lancaster during the season. While not an original Green Bay undrafted signing, rookie cornerback Tony Brown was signed in late September and showed the potential to be a valuable piece moving forward.Green Bay has found many undrafted gems in the past decade and Gutekunst appears to be just as committed as Thompson was in giving those players a legitimate chance at roster spots.TradesWhile trades are less frequent in the NFL than other major professional sports leagues, the Packers made their fair share of end-of-preseason trades when determining the final 53-man roster under Thompson. Gutekunst also made a late-August deal when he shipped Brett Hundley to Seattle, but he was also active at uncommon times. Gutekunst’s first major move as GM was sending Damarious Randall to Cleveland for DeShone Kizer, an unforeseen early-March trade in which Green Bay hoped to improve its quarterback depth. While the Packers did not necessarily add a player, they were more active at the 2018 trade deadline as well, dealing Ty Montgomery and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in two separate moves. Each player, on expiring contracts and unlikely to be re-signed,brought back draft pick collateral to Green Bay.Waiver ClaimsThe Packers made several waiver claims during the 2018 season Aaron Rodgers Jersey , including the additions of defensive back Natrell Jamerson and defensive lineman Fadol Brown who will each be fighting for roster spots again this summer. But the Packers have continued to be active through the waiver route in 2019.Just in the last month, Green Bay has claimed cornerback Mike Tyson, wide receiver Jawill Davis, and kicker Sam Ficken. The pursuit of tight end Jordan Leggett this week, though Tampa Bay won his rights, was yet another example of Gutekunst trusting his pro scouts and trying to increase the competition at a position that had already added depth this offseason. Waiver claims should continue to be a cost-effective way for the Packers to pick up role players under Gutekunst.Restricted Free AgencyIt is not often that the Packers have turned to the restricted free agent market for talent. More often, they have had internal players such as Aaron Kampman sign an offer sheet with another team before ultimately matching the offer. While most restricted free agency pursuits from Green Bay would be considered a surprise, Gutekunst has proven he has not ruled those opportunities out.In his first few months on the job, Gutekunst shocked many when he signed Chicago cornerback Kyle Fuller to an offer sheet. Whether it was to force the Bears’ hand on a lucrative long-term deal or an intentional attempt to improve the defense, the focus on Fuller indeed showed that Gutekunst would leave no stone unturned.Unrestricted Free AgencyLast but certainly not least, unrestricted free agency has been a renewed focus under Gutekunst to improve the roster. In his first free agency, the Packers landed Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis, Davon House, Tramon Williams, and Byron Bell in the spring before bringing Bashaud Breeland in September.But those moves were pale in comparison to Gutekunst’s dealing in 2019, moving quickly to sign Preston Smith, Za’Darius Smith, Adrian Amos, and Billy Turner on the second day of free agency. While the extreme level of activity should not be expected every year under Gutekunst, it represented a willingness to shake up the roster and commit money to getting quicker results on the field. After years of futility in free agency under Thompson, Green Bay has raised eyebrows with its number of free agent moves under Gutekunst.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="cS5khS">Brian Gutekunst vowed to explore all options of acquiring talent when he took the Packers’ GM position and so far he has lived up to that promise to large extents. And with Green Bay trying to get back to the postseason, he may have plenty more moves up his sleeves as the year plays out.
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