The player overall ratings for this year’s Madden football game have finally been released. These player ratings show who the game feels are the best and worst players at each position in the NFL. Many players have reacted to their rating on social media with hopes of convincing the game to increase their rating. While some players are looking for unrealistic upgrades, others have serious cases for an upgrade. Here are five players whose Madden 21 rating is too low.
Five Players Whose Madden 21 Ratings Are Too Low
1. Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback, 89 Overall
Aaron Rodgers’ rating of 89 is not necessarily a low rating but does not effectively represent his talent. Rodgers has been a top quarterback in the NFL for over a decade. Rodgers has made the pro bowl in seven of his last nine seasons. In the two seasons he did not make it, he missed several games. Rodgers has been in the same conversation with Tom Brady and Drew Brees for most of his career and despite leading his team the furthest in the 2019-20 NFL playoffs, Rodgers is the lowest overall among the three quarterbacks. Brees and Brady both eclipsed the 90-overall threshold in this year’s Madden, yet Rodgers is stuck at an 89. Hopefully, Rodgers can see his Madden 21 ratings improved to at least Brees’ 93 overall.
2. Yannick Ngakoue, Defensive End, 83 Overall
Ngakoue is one of the most dominant defensive ends in football but is rated at just an 83 overall. He has 37.5 sacks in his first four seasons in the NFL and a total of 85 hits on the quarterback. Ngakoue has a unique ability to get to the passer and he is also one of the hardest hitting ends in football. He has 14 forced fumbles in his career including a league-leading six in 2017. He has a pro bowl appearance on his resume and has only missed one game in his four-year career.
Ngakoue’s career stats have been more consistent than several players rated higher than him. Pittsburgh Steelers’ end Stephon Tuitt has never eclipsed two forced fumbles or 6.5 sacks in his six-year career and only has 69 hits on the quarterback in those six seasons. His rating in this year’s madden is an 87. Hopefully, for Ngakoue, who has never had a season with less than eight sacks, his Madden 21 ratings can be improved early into the 2020 NFL season.
3. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, 87 Overall
Fitzpatrick might be one of the most underrated players in this year’s Madden even with a rating of 87. He is the twelfth-rated safety in the game even though he was named first-team all-pro for the 2019 season. Fitzpatrick had five interceptions and 69 tackles in 2019 for the Miami Dolphins and Steelers. The Steelers traded a first-round draft pick to Miami for Fitzpatrick after just two games of the 2019 NFL season. Fitzpatrick deserves to be a 90 or higher like other talented safeties such as Jamal Adams and Kevin Byard. It is hard to believe a first-team all-pro player is not considered a top-ten player at his position. Fitzpatrick will look to continue his impressive play in 2020 to try and increase his Madden 21 ratings.
4. D.J. Chark, Wide Receiver, 81 Overall
Chark had a breakout season in 2019 with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He caught 73 passes this season for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. It also earned him his first pro bowl appearance in just his second season in the NFL. Despite this incredible season, Chark is only rated an 81. Several receivers with less productivity are rated higher than Chark in the new Madden game. The newest Houston Texans receiver Brandin Cooks had a disappointing 2019 only posting 583 yards and two touchdowns. Despite this poor performance, Cooks maintained an overall of 85. New York Giants receiver Golden Tate hasn’t had a season better than Chark’s 2019 since 2016 but is rated an 84 overall. Chark deserves to be in the conversation of receivers in the mid-80s and with another strong season in 2020, Chark could become a top receiver in the NFL.
5. Xavien Howard, Cornerback, 81 Overall
Howard is a talented cornerback for Miami and should be rated higher than he currently is. Howard missed a majority of the 2019 NFL season with an injury, however, in 2018, Howard led the NFL in interceptions and made the pro bowl. He also had 48 tackles and four interceptions in 2017. Howard has been an incredible player in the seasons he has been able to stay healthy. Other players such as Derwin James on the Los Angeles Chargers also missed major time in 2019 but didn’t see a reduction in their rating for Madden 21. Detroit Lions’ cornerback Justin Coleman is rated an 84 despite never eclipsing two interceptions or making a pro bowl in his career. While Coleman is a talented player, Howard should at least be rated like Coleman if not higher.
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