Javon Hargrave gets a ratings boost on Madden NFL 22 from Electronic Arts

Javon Hargrave, Philadelphia Eagles Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Javon Hargrave, Philadelphia Eagles Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /

Week 9’s game is approaching, and it appears that the secret is out. Whenever you play the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s probably a good idea to put two bodies on Javon Hargrave as often as possible. He’s developed a reputation for being a game-wrecker.

That shouldn’t surprise anyone though. Whenever someone racks up six sacks and 27 tackles, including seven that resulted in a loss of yardage, over the course of a five-week span, opposing offenses tend to develop ideas that, maybe, they should gameplan for you.

That’s kind of what Hargrave has been experiencing over the past three weeks as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Las Vegas Raiders, and Detroit Lions have done all that they can to develop schemes to neutralize his effectiveness.

He hasn’t been able to register a sack since Week 5. His presence is still creating opportunities for teammates, and that’s quite alright. Sometimes, that’s just as important as getting to the signal-caller yourself. Trust and believe, however, that despite a slow start in 2020, he’s turned things around and has proven that he’s worth every dollar that the Eagles are paying him.

It also appears that Electronic Arts, the creators of Madden NFL 22 have taken notice.

Javon Hargrave gets an overall rating boost.

If you haven’t learned anything else about the ever-evolving NFL, you’ve most certainly learned that the people that love it can, at times, be obsessed with numbers.

We pay top dollar for Pro Football Focus subscriptions. We argue about analytics and play Fantasy football. Then, as if that isn’t enough, we complain about Madden ratings. Heck, even the players do that. If you don’t believe that to be true, ask a guy that thinks he’s too slow on the game.

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We never really asked Javon Hargrave about his overall number, but if you’ve had an opportunity to play Madden as the Eagles, you’ve probably asked yourself why Javon got a less-than-favorable block shedding grade and why his overall grade was 80.

Fear not. EA seems to have recognized the error, and in their last update, they’ve cranked him up from an overall grade of 80 to an 85.

All is right with the world now. We can rest a little easier when we put our heads on the pillow tonight.