Madden 20's release is just around the corner, and with it comes the annual skepticism regarding their preseason player ratings. As excited as everyone is for football season and the new game, there are always some serious questions regarding certain ratings, and this year is no different.
Madden NFL 20 Player Ratings
For one, the quarterback ratings seem a bit bizarre:
Madden 20 QB ratings:— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) July 15, 2019
Big Ben: 85
Jimmy G: 78
First impression: how is Mitchell Trubisky a 75? Of course, Trubisky is a divisive quarterback, and his performance last season led to plenty of questions about how much of the Bears' success should actually be attributed to coach Matt Nagy and the defense. But a quarterback who completed 66% of his passes, with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season, simply cannot be ranked below Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton and Lamar Jackson.
Beyond that, Aaron Rodgers being a 90 just feels wrong, and Ben Roethlisberger being an 85 is downright criminal. Come on –– he may not be the QB he once was, but Big Ben threw for over 5,000 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2018. Only three players in NFL history have thrown for more yards in a season than the Steelers veteran did last year.
And we thought Deshaun Watson was a top-10 QB, at the very least. 12th?
It didn't get much better with the running backs.
Madden 20 RB ratings:— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) July 15, 2019
Maybe the Steelers' tough offseason led to their ratings being unreasonably deflated. Sure, James Conner isn't Le'Veon Bell, but after his success in 2018, it's questionable at best to rank him below the likes of Tarik Cohen and Dion Lewis.
Also, why is Bell himself so high after a year of inaction? Saquon Barkley a 91?! Help.
Madden 20 WR ratings:— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) July 15, 2019
Notice any bizarre absences on this wide receiver list? We did –– where is Jarvis Landry? Sure, he's not going to make too many splash plays 50 yards down the field, but Landry can't reasonably be below DeSean Jackson's 85 rating
We could quibble about Madden ratings forever, but at the end of the day, Madden's return means the best thing we could hope for: NFL football is almost here.