The 2020 NFL season seems to be slowly approaching, which also means it’s time for EA Sports to release their Madden 21 official player ratings as they do every year.
Earlier in the week, Madden School leaked player ratings for the Atlanta Falcons to us here at The Falcoholic. As mentioned previously, some of the player ratings would undoubtedly change before the official release, and they have.
(View complete Madden 21 ratings here)
The biggest takeaway for me from the player ratings is seeing wide receiver Julio Jones with a 97 rating. To someone who hasn’t played any of the Madden games, they may be thinking 97 is good, and it is. But in my opinion, Julio Jones is the best wide receiver in the NFL, and he’s rated third best nationally behind Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints (99 overall) and DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals (98 overall). Jones has never started an NFL season in Madden’s exclusive “99 Club” and it’s laughable to think Michael Thomas now has.
Any UDFAs not listed above will likely be added in a later update, assuming they make the roster or practice squad.
Overall, the ratings are fair, I suppose. There’s a lot of low ratings as EA Sports has in recent years attempted to level the realism of the game with more practical numbers. I’ve played every Madden since Madden 97, and honestly at this point, it has been nothing more than an annual roster update. Slight changes here and there, sure, but nothing major, especially to their franchise mode. Player ratings will be updated throughout the season, so don’t lose any sleep over these ratings. If you’d like to review last year’s Madden 20 official player ratings, click here.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is set to appear on the cover of Madden 21, and the game is scheduled to be released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on Aug. 28, 2020. The MVP edition of the game will release on Aug. 25.