This week, fans saw Madden ratings for several Philadelphia Eagles rookies.
The EA Sports Madden NFL franchise sure has come a long way. From those digitally animated characters to the detailed representations of our favorite Philadelphia Eagles players that we see now, Electronic Arts has done all that they can to ensure as realistic a simulation as possible.
Each year, the makers of one of the greatest video game franchises ever created focus on visual presentation and lighting so gamers everywhere don’t feel like they’re paying $59.99 or more every year for an updated roster.
Those updated rosters are sure fun though, and every year fans get to take to their television’s playing field with the incoming class of rookies. This year is no different. All that’s left is player ratings, something every NFL star takes seriously.
Let’s talk about a few Philadelphia Eagles rookies and their first-ever Madden ratings.
Madden NFL 21 launches at the end of August. During the second full week of July, each day, fans have seen the release of those players rankings, including a disrespectful rating for Carson Wentz, a sub-70 rating for Philly’s third-string signal-caller, and three young Eagles wide receivers.
This is what they came up with. Jalen Hurts gets an overall-mark of 68. Jalen Reagor, John Hightower, and Quez Watkins receive overall marks of 73, 68, and 65 respectively. As dedicated fans and members of the media, we take issue with that. Here are the regrades. Jalen Hurts is last season’s Heisman runner-up and a former starter at two different iconic programs. He had a nice career. Joe Burrow had a nice season with superior coaching. If Burrow is a 76-overall, Hurts has to be in the 75 to 74 range.
Watkins, Hightower, and Reagor all get speed grades of 94, 92, and 93 respectively, though Watkins probably deserves a grade in the 95 to 96 range. We’ll actually keep Watkins in the sixties, but we’ll bump him up to about a 67. Hightower gets a 70. There’s no guarantee that he’ll make the roster, but he’s going to be a better pro than people realize. You just wait and see.