EA Sports has released their beta version of the latest installment in the Madden NFL game series. The series announced some changes to the ratings scale than in previous versions.
Without further ado let’s get down to brass tacks and look at where the Ravens players stack up to kick-off the year:
The Ravens appear to be rated relatively poorly so far, but thankfully there are weekly ratings adjustments throughout the season.
“Hollywood” Brown comes in at a 66 overall rating. This is entirely too low. His speed, awareness, elusiveness and route running ratings should all be near the top of all rookie receivers. He’s lower than teammate Miles Boykin. His hands are solid. I’d expect a mid 70 to low 80 rating by the time the Ravens season is over.
Patrick Onwuasor, aka “peanut”, has good speed, quickness, pass rushing, tackling, catching, and big-hitting ability. His block shedding isn’t the best (yet) and he still shouldn’t have the highest awareness until he improves, but he should be rated in the low 80’s.
Justin Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history with deadly accuracy beyond 50 yards. High 90’s if not a 99. End of story.
Marlon Humphrey has stonewalled the likes of Julio Jones, Mike Evans and many more receivers. He will shoot up to the low 90’s as roster updates occur and he cements himself as a true top-level corner. I would be willing to bet that Jalen Ramsey is rated much higher despite allowing 15% more completions when targeted.
Gus Edwards averaged 93 rushing yards per game last season and was one of the NFL’s leading rushers in the second half. He had outstanding contact balance and gained yards after contact with ease. He had the NFL’s longest streak of runs without being brought down behind the LOS. His improvement as a pass catcher should warrant a low 80’s rating early into the Madden year.
Jaylon Ferguson is rated as a 63— c’mon, man. The FBS’ all-time sack leader should at least be a 70 after a few games.
DeShon Elliott hasn’t played a snap yet. It appears rookies have to prove themselves before being rated decently, which makes sense. However, his range, tackling ability, and coverage prowess should be rated higher.
The Ravens secondary has five players in the 80’s or higher, with Tavon Young coming in at a 79. Good luck throwing on them in reality or virtual reality this year. Overall, the Ravens should be a fun team to play with in the latest edition of Madden.
Lamar Jackson is rated as an 80. His 94 speed will make him a huge mismatch in this years game, as quarterback scrambling behind the LOS has allegedly gone through major changes. I’d bet Lamar is an 85+ by years end.
Jackson possesses two “Superstar Abilities”. The newest Madden premieres a superstar concept that hasn’t been in the game since 2008.
Players who have this ability: Cam Newton, Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes
What this ability does: Passers with this ability are faster and more responsive to user input while scrambling behind the line of scrimmage.
Players who have this ability: Cam Newton, Lamar Jackson
What this ability does: Passers with this ability immediately respond to user input (and defenders react more slowly) on designed quarterback run plays
Which player do you think will have the highest increase in Madden Rating by the end of the year?
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