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Madden 20 Player Ratings: Analyzing the Ravens defensive position groups

EA officially released their launch player ratings for every team. How does Baltimore’s defense stack up?

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The league’s No. 1 ranked defense from 2019-20 has a different look this season, both in real life and in video game version. Here are the Ravens’ top-five rated defensive players and players whose ratings should be higher, followed by a position-by-position look at how their defense stacks up in Madden 20.

  1. Earl Thomas (95)
  2. Michael Pierce (92)
  3. Brandon Williams (86)
  4. Marlon Humphrey (85)
  5. Jimmy Smith, Tony Jefferson (84)

Biggest Lowballs: Marlon Humphrey, Matthew Judon, Patrick Onwuasor, Kenny Young


Defensive Line

Michael Pierce: 92

Brandon Williams: 86

Willie Henry: 75

Chris Wormely: 71

Daylon Mack: 67

Zach Sieler: 64

Baltimore’s stout defensive tackle duo represent two of the team’s highest-rated players once again. Recency bias would tell you Michael Pierce’s overall is too high, but don’t forget just how good he’s been the past two seasons. Pierce’s 92 rating represents a bump from last year’s edition of Madden and Brandon Williams remains in the mid-to-upper 80’s range. Two names to watch are Willie Henry and Chris Wormely, as they’re both projected to player bigger roles on the Ravens defense this season. The two Michigan products are solid bets to see an overall boost as the 2019-20 campaign goes on, as is rookie Daylon Mack.

Outside Linebacker

Matthew Judon: 81

Pernell McPhee: 79

Tim Williams: 74

Shane Ray: 73

Tyus Bowser: 72

Jaylon Ferguson: 70

From a Madden standpoint, losing Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith, both of which possess 83 overall ratings this year, hurts. However, Baltimore is in better shape than the ratings above suggest. In my estimation, Matthew Judon is rated too low. He should somewhere in the mid 80’s but has a great chance of getting there as the season progresses. Recent free agent signing Pernell McPhee is the team’s second highest-rated OLB at 79, which is a bit surprising given his lack of success over the past couple seasons.

Tim Williams and Tyus Bowser are rated appropriately given their performance through two NFL seasons, and former first-round pick Shane Ray would likely be rated higher had injuries not limited him last year. Jaylon Ferguson, aka the “Sack Daddy”, comes in at a 70 overall which, while relatively low, is fair for a rookie lacking great athleticism. With that being said, Ferguson’s overall should climb to the mid-to-upper 70’s by season’s end.

Middle Linebacker

Patrick Onwuasor: 74

Kenny Young: 71

Chris Board: 59

Madden’s ratings would suggest the Ravens have one of the worst starting MLB groups in the league, which obviously isn’t the case. Patrick Onwuasor is rated entirely too low in my opinion, especially after a breakout second-half of the 2019-20 season and impressive playoff performance. “Peanut” is a better all-around player than his rating suggests and figures to climb the player ratings significantly this season. Same goes for second-year linebacker Kenny Young, who should probably be around a 74-76 overall as opposed to a 71. Former UDFA Chris Board, a special teams ace last year, is set to play a significant role on defense this season, so look for his overall to increase as well.

Cornerback

Marlon Humphrey: 85

Jimmy Smith: 84

Brandon Carr: 81

Tavon Young: 77

Maurice Canady: 71

Anthony Averett, Justin Bethel, Iman Lewis-Marshall, Cyrus Jones: 67

Baltimore’s cornerback corps is the deepest position on their roster, maybe the deepest position group in the entire NFL and, you guessed it - the team’s best position group in Madden 20. Even so, EA lowballed some of their corners a bit with their ratings. Jimmy Smith (84) and Brandon Carr (81) are rated pretty fairly, but Marlon Humphrey should definitely be higher. Humphrey is tied for the 19th-best cornerback rating in the game despite a borderline top-10 campaign last year, and he should definitely be rated higher than some of his teammates, such as Brandon Williams.

Tavon Young, a 77, is also rated a bit low considering he’s one of the league’s top slot corners. Like the remaining five names listed above, however, Young still has room for growth and could therefore see his rating improve in 2019-20.

Free Safety

Earl Thomas: 95

DeShon Elliott, Chuck Clark: 65

Baltimore’s highest-rated player in Madden 20 is newcomer Earl Thomas, whose 95 overall is also tops among all safeties in the game. Thomas’ zone coverage (98) and awareness (96) rating speak to his on-field abilities in real life and will make him a fun player to use in game. Behind him on the depth chart are youngsters DeShon Elliott (65) and Chuck Clark (65), both of whom are set to make their mark on special teams next year. Elliott, however, might carve out a legit role on defense given his standout play thus far in the offseason. Elliott has high upside and it’d be surprising if he’s not rated in at least the 70’s by season’s end.

Strong Safety

Tony Jefferson: 84

Anthony Levine Sr: 76

Tony Jefferson is the ninth highest-rated strong safety in Madden 20, and his 84 overall rating is pretty fair all things considered. Nobody will mistake Jefferson for a dynamo in pass coverage, but his hit power (85) and play recognition (93) ratings are solid. Anthony Levine Sr. is actually four overall points lower than he was in Madden 19, which is a bit surprising given how he finished the 2019-20 season. 76 may be a tad bit low but it’s hard to be too picky considering Levine is a rotational player as opposed to a full-time starter. Users can deploy Levine at linebacker, too, which the Ravens intend on doing a lot this season.