EA Sports may not be due to release Madden 19 until August 10, but that didn’t stop them from giving fans an early look at the updated player ratings for their latest version of the game on Tuesday. But not everyone was happy with the new numbers.
Although the grades are somewhat subjective, there can be little question they shape the opinions of some fans. As for the players, the ratings can be a source of pride or shame. Countless players over the years have complained about their scores and 2018 looks like no exception, with several players earning grades far below a level they would have expected to see when compared to their peers.
Unsurprisingly, Antonio Brown is the highest-rated player in the game on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster and one of the few players to earn a score of 99, but others on the team weren’t so fortunate. Le’Veon Bell won’t be too dissatisfied with his rating of 96, but Cameron Heyward seemed far from pleased with a score of 88.
What a joke— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) July 10, 2018
88 and it’s trash— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) July 11, 2018
When you consider Heyward was voted onto the All-Pro team and also made the Pro Bowl as an alternate in 2017, his complaint seems entirely justified given the rankings earned by the other names on the list.
Ryan Shazier was another player unhappy with his score when he thought he was getting an 85 a few weeks ago and a final official rating of 86 for 2018 is hardly the improvement he was hoping for.
@EAMaddenNFL hey I know im not a 99 club yet madden. But I feel I deserve better than an 85. I see to many LBs that’s rated higher than me.— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) June 28, 2018
After Brown and Bell, David DeCastro is the next highest rated player with a 95, followed by Ben Roethlisberger who earns a disappointing 88 along with Heyward. Joe Haden (85) and Artie Burns (81) should be fairly happy with their grades, all things considered. But it’s hard to imagine Cameron Sutton being too thrilled with his rating of 69, a lower grade than the 71 safety Jordan Dangerfield earned.
In the battle of the backup quarterbacks, EA Sports seems to believe Mason Rudolph is the best of the three after giving him a score of 72. Joshua Dobbs received a rating of 69 and Landry Jones was given the lowest grade of the group with a 65. Many of the lowest-rated players figure to be off of the Steelers’ roster long before the regular season begins, but spare a thought for long-snapper Kameron Canaday, oddly the lowest player in the game on the Pittsburgh roster after he was given a rating of just 40.
Those possibly most pleasantly surprised by a generous rating this year might be tight end Vance McDonald (79), linebacker Bud Dupree (72) and defensive tackle Daniel McCullers (71). But as something of a games aficionado and a regular Madden player, JuJu Smith-Schuster cannot be too impressed with his score of 80.
My own personal gripe among the many questionable ratings is how anyone could possibly give Pro Bowl kicker Chris Boswell a score of 79, yet give a higher grade to 13 different kickers in the league. That is quite simply insane, he’s easily an 85 if ever I’ve seen one and don’t get me started on Pro Bowl fullback Roosevelt Nix receiving a 68, that is just insulting.