Ahead of the 2020 NFL season, rookie quarterback Justin Herbert is getting the Madden treatment.
EA Sports released its preliminary rating for the rookie quarterback class and the Los Angeles Chargers sixth-overall pick received a 70 overall rating.
Here’s a compilation of some of Herbert’s key ratings:
Throw power: 92
The former Oregon star was behind three other quarterbacks in the popular video game ratings: Joe Burrow (78), Tua Tagovailoa (73)…and wait, Jordan Love?
How in the world did Love, who was picked 20 spots lower than Herbert during the 2020 NFL Draft, receive a 71? For that matter, there’s no way Jordan Love gets any action next season until Aaron Rodgers hangs up his cleats. The 36-year-old said he plans to play into his 40s.
Rodgers, for one, isn’t rattled by the Packers decision to bring Love on board.
“What I can control is how I play and making that decision at some point a very hard one,” Rodgers told Mike Florio. “If there comes a time when I feel like I can play at a high level and my body feels great, there are other guys that have gone on and played elsewhere.”
Herbert has a legitimate chance of becoming the Chargers signal caller and actually taking the field in a few months. It’s hard to understand the logic behind Love ranking four better in throw under pressure, two better in medium accuracy and five better in deep accuracy, but time will tell.
Love should take the small victory in stride, but instead he seemed disappointed when finding out he was only rated a 71, not 81.
“Dang,” Love said in the video below.
Meanwhile, Herbert was pleasantly surprised when he found out his juke rating was a 72.
“Aw, that’s an easy one. That’s gonna be about about a 42,” the Charger rookie told Steve Young.
The ceiling is high for Herbert and Love either way. In a matter of weeks when training camp begins, both rooks will have the opportunity to show the world that they are higher than their Madden 21 rating suggests.