EA Sports recently released the rookie ratings for Madden 20. Which Philadelphia Eagles rookie has the highest rating?
It’s finally July, and the Philadelphia Eagles are officially less than one month away from returning to training camp. Then comes the preseason, along with sports gamers favorite time of the year — the time when EA Sports releases the newest edition of Madden. This season, we expect the offseason hype for the Eagles to translate to the digital field.
So far, the Eagles have received rave reviews for their offseason moves. Analysts and writers have labeled the Eagles as one of the top teams in the NFL pretty much throughout the entirety of the offseason. So we should fully expect Madden to do the same.
While the overall team ratings aren’t out yet, Madden did do us a solid and leaked the rookie ratings quite early, as they typically do. So this year, the Eagles will have five new players entered into the database. Obviously, EA Sports did not include the undrafted prospects, but every player who was drafted this season was added. So with that, let’s take a look at where the rookies rank.
Starting from the bottom
5. QB Clayton Thorson, 56 overall
The fifth-round pick comes in as the fifth-best rookie — aka, last place in this case. We’re not surprised at all here. When the Eagles selected Clayton Thorson in the fifth-round, we didn’t expect to be getting Nick Foles 2.0 right away. Whichever quarterback got picked by the Eagles this year was likely to take a backseat to Nate Sudfeld anyway. Obviously, for anybody who plans to run with Thorson at quarterback in Madden, it’s going to take a lot of points to upgrade him.
4. DE Shareef Miller, 66 overall
So far, the order is on par with where everybody was drafted. Listed at four, is the fourth-round pick, Shareef Miller. Unfortunately, Miller didn’t crack the 70s range. There’s a good chance that Miller’s rookie season is spent mostly on the bench, but don’t be surprised if he gets few snaps here and there in 2019. In Madden, you probably won’t have to worry about using Miller, but in real life, he could see some playing time barring any injuries.
3. LT Andre Dillard, 70 overall
Okay, this is where the order gets screwed up. Coming in at third is the Eagles 2019 first-round pick, Andre Dillard. First of all, 70 overall is not a bad rating for a rookie. Considering that Madden typically gives a tough rating to offensive lineman no matter what year they are in, this grade isn’t so bad. Jason Peters will be in front of Dillard on the depth chart, but we can only assume that Peters’ injury chances are high in the game. So if you have a franchise with the Eagles, there might be a good chance that Dillard is playing at some point early on.
2. RB Miles Sanders, 72 overall
This is one everybody is going to be curious about. Eagles second-round pick, Miles Sanders definitely won’t see the highest grade as a running back. Instead, he ties for second behind Oakland Raiders running back, Josh Jacobs. Along with Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson, Sanders comes up with a rating of 72 overall. His speed is listed at 89, and his acceleration is his top trait at 90.
1. WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside, 73 overall
The JJ Arcega-Whiteside offseason hype now translates into Madden 20. The Eagles top rookie in the game happens to be their second-round wideout. Seeing Whiteside’s generous rating makes us assume that the Eagles are definitely going to be stacked at the wideout position in the game. Arcega-Whiteside wasn’t the best rookie wideout, but he placed fourth on the list behind N’Keal Harry, D.K. Metcalf, and Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown.