Times have changed. Once upon a time, there was Atari. They had that Jordan vs. Bird: One on One game. It was cool and all of that, but sometimes, depending on your picture quality, it was hard to determine the two characters apart. Over time, there was Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, Tecmo Bowl, which allowed Philadelphia Eagles fans to run a few games with Randall Cunningham at the helm of the offense. Yeah... Tecmo Bowl was all of that and the chips. Nothing holds a candle to what video game designers are doing today creatively.
If you're like most, you probably haven't been without a gaming console since you retired the Atari. We've seen some pretty cool gaming eras that were spearheaded by Sega Genesis and Nintendo as well as the current era, one that has been dominated by Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's Playstation (raise your hands if you still can't find a Playstation 5).
Yes friends... It's Madden season, and as you might expect, everyone is celebrating.
Bookmark this one. We'll let you know how the Eagles have been graded on Electronic Arts' Madden NFL 24 game.
It's a different time. E-Athletes are making more money than ever. We're trying to figure out where these jobs were when we were doing the Jordan versus Bird thing, and NBA 2K24 and Madden NFL 24 are dominating the discussion.
Electronic Arts partnered with ESPN to begin announcing Madden's player ratings on July 17th. Day one features the release of wide receiver and safety ratings. Justin Jefferson earns a coveted spot in the 99 Club (an overall rating of 99 is the highest that a player can be given). The full week's itinerary sits on EA.com. Here's a look at what to expect as well as a tracker detailing the grades given to Eagles stars as they are released.
- July 17th - Wide Receivers and Safeties
- July 18th - Edge Rushers & Defensive Linemen
- July 19th - Running Backs & Offensive Linemen
- July 20th - Cornerbacks and Tight Ends
- July 21st - QBs, Linebackers, Punters, Kickers & Fullbacks
Updates: A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith's ratings are released.
At the time of this storys release, here's where things stand. Electronic Arts hasn't asked us our opinion about ratings, nor have they offered to hire us as ratings adjustors. Here's where we stand though.
We're excited to see if the Eagles rookies earn passing grades, especially Nolan Smith. After running a 4.39-second 40-yard dash, we'd like to see him earn a speed rating of 99. If nothing else, we want to see Jalen Hurts grade as 90 or above. Time will tell if we hit the nail on the head. Until then, here's what we know about EA's grading of our Birds.
1. A.J. Brown - 91 Overall Rating
As expected, A.J. Brown is the highest-rated wide receiver on the Eagles roster. He receives a 91-overall rating, a speed rating of 91, and strength and agility ratings of 79 and 87 respectively.
Click here to see the Eagles' full-team ratings. For those who are interested, DeVonta Smith earned an overall rating of 87 while the third and fourth-highest rated Birds were safety Terrell Edmunds (78) and Quez Watkins (75).
2. Haason Reddick - 90 Overall Rating
On Tuesday, EA released its ratings for edge rushers on Tuesday. One of the best in the business, Haason Reddick earns an overall rating of 90 and a block-shedding grade of 74.
Raise your hand if you believe Haason Reddick is ranked too low here. Just in case you're wondering both hands are raised this way. With an overall rating of 90, Reddick ties with Dallas Cowboys star Demarcus Lawrence. He's behind Aaron Donald, who returns to the 99 club. Myles Garrett (98), Nick Bosa (98), Micah Parsons (97), Maxx Crosby (94), T.J. Watt (94), Von Miller (94), Cameron Heyward (93), and Joey Bosa (91) also received higher grades as well.
Here's how the rest of the defensive line and edge rushers stacked up.
- Josh Sweat - 84
- Fletcher Cox - 81
- Brandon Graham - 80
- Jalen Carter - 79
- Jordan Davis - 79
- Milton Williams - 75
- Nolan Smith - 73
- Derek Barnett - 72
- Kentavius Street - 69
- Kyron Johnson - 68
- Marlon Tuipulotu - 67
- Janarius Robinson - 66
- Moro Ojomo - 64
- Tarron Jackson -62
Keep it locked. We'll keep you abreast of further announcements as they happen.
The offensive line is stacked, but you already know that. Check out how the O-line's starters graded out.
3. Lane Johnson - 98 Overall Rating
Some may argue that Lane Johnson should be a member of the 99 Club, but we'll settle for the knowledge that EA has done right by him in terms of grading him at 98, making him the highest-graded Eagle on the sim.
- Jordan Mailata, left tackle - 87 overall
- Landon Dickerson, left guard - 82 overall
- Jason Kelce, center -92 overall
- Cam Jurgens, center/guard - 71 overall
- Tyler Steen - 68 overall
4. Dallas Goedert, tight end
Dallas Goedert may not be the primary option in the Eagles all-star offensive attack, but he's one of the best young talents in the game. If Philly needs a go-to guy, he can get the job done... in the game and in real life.
Here's how the rest of the Eagles' tight ends stack up.
- Dan Arnold - 70 overall
- Grant Calcaterra - 66 overall
- Dalton Keene - 65 overall
- Jack Stoll - 63 overall
- Tyree Jackson - 56 overall
- Rick Lovato - 32 overall
5. Jalen Hurts - quarterback
Okay, we're confused about this one. After being an MVP runner-up and leading his team to within four points of winning the Super Bowl, Jalen Hurts receives an overall grade of 88.
We won't lie. We have no idea what EA is thinking here. Throw Jalen Hurts' 88 rating in with James Bradberry's rating in the 'Madden screwed this up' tier.
- DeVonta Smith - 87 overall
- James Bradberry - 85 overall
- Landon Dickerson - 82 overall
- Jake Elliott - 81 overall
- Marcus Mariota - 69 overall
Landon Dickerson is a mauler that earned a Pro Bowl nod. Bradberry was named Second-Team All-Pro. Jake Elliott is one of the NFL's most reliable kickers.
We aren't joking around anymore. We need an explanation for how these ratings are concocted., but here's where we all can agree. The Eagles are the game's top-rated team.
We can't wait for the official release! Hoefully, there have been some upgrades so we don't feel like we're paying a ton of money for what feels like a game that has done nothing but make us feel like we have been given an udated rosters.