With the release of EA Sports' Madden NFL 20 just a few weeks away, the game released their individual player ratings on Monday.
Madden ratings are usually a controversy-provoking topic. Each year, there are a lot more players disappointed with their initial Madden rating than those pleased with theirs.
This year was no different. Some players, such as Los Angeles Chargers' wide receiver Keenan Allen, have said they will boycott the game after being so upset with their rating.
The game unleashed a new rating system this year, which is intended to reward star players and have them feel different than just an above average player.
So how did Madden rate the Redskins?
The Burgundy and Gold come in at the 16th best overall team in the game, despite only having one individual player rated 90 overall or higher.
Two of the Redskins' NFC East foes, the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, were the No. 1 and No. 2 overall rated teams in the game, respectively. The Eagles boast a rating of 89, and the Cowboys come in at an 88 overall.
The New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers were all the next highest with an 87 overall.
Here are five takeaways from the Redskins' Madden NFL 20 ratings.
1. Left tackle Trent Williams was rated a 95 overall, the second-highest rated left tackle in the game.
Williams' rating of a 95 is very deserved. He's consistently been the best player on the Redskins from year-to-year, and one of the best offensive lineman in the league. Madden has recognized Williams' importance to the Redskins as well as his overall skill; only the Packers' David Bakhtiari (97) had a higher rating at his position.
The Redskins' Silverback was the third-highest rated offensive lineman in the game, with Bakhtiari and Cowboys' guard Zack Martin ahead of him. He's the only Redskins player to receive an overall rating of a 90 or higher.
Williams has been a key offseason storyline for the Redskins, as he was absent from Redskins' mandatory mini-camp in June. His absence was at first rumored to him wanting a new contract, but reports came out later that he was upset with the team's handling of his medical situation from a season ago. It is unclear whether Williams will report to training camp, which begins July 25.
If the Madden ratings are any indication, Williams is as important to the Redskins as anyone. The Redskins need him on the field.
2. Case Keenum and Dwayne Haskins have been rated just one number apart.
The main storyline throughout Redskins' training camp and the preseason will be the quarterback competition between veteran Case Keenum and rookie Dwayne Haskins. If the Madden ratings prove to be true, it's going to be a very close battle.
Keenum's initial Madden rating comes in at a 73 overall, while Haskins is a 72. In terms of specific ratings, Keenum slightly edges Haskins out in awareness (80 to 75) and speed (79 to 75), but Haskins has the edge in acceleration (83 to 82), agility (83 to 73) and strength (70 to 51).
Of course, Keenum's ratings are based off his performance last season with the Denver Broncos, while Haskins' ratings are a rough estimate because he's a rookie. It's likely that both players could have a very different rating at the end of the season than they do now.
3. The Redskins have three defensive linemen all rated around the same number.
The defensive line unit is probably the strongest position group on the Redskins and the Madden ratings agree with that.
Defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis and Daron Payne received an 83 overall rating, while Jonathan Allen received an 82 overall grade.
While all three had productive seasons in 2018, it is worth wondering how Allen is not the highest rated of the three.
In his second season, Allen finished second on the team in sacks (8.0) and tied for the team lead in tackles for loss (11). Out of the three, Allen had the most overall tackles, sacks, tackles for loss and quarterback hits.
While the Redskins expect Allen, Ioannidis and Payne all to have a major impact in 2019, don't be surprised if Allen has the highest overall rating of the three at the end of the year.
4. The Redskins' big free agent signing, safety Landon Collins, was rated a low 83 overall.
This number at first glance seems very low. In his four seasons in the NFL, Collins has made the Pro Bowl three times and first-team All-Pro once.
But Madden has a whopping 10 free safeties rated higher than him. Recently acquired New York Giants' safety Jabrill Peppers has a higher rating than Collins, and anyone who's watched the two players over the past couple years knows that's questionable.
A season ago, Collins was rated an 88 overall. Missing four games with a shoulder injury could be a partial reason for his dip, but the 25-year-old is still one of the elite safeties in the league. An 83 overall does not reflect that.
5. Haskins is the second-highest rated rookie QB in the game, while Giants' Daniel Jones is, uh, low.
While a 72 overall rating would not be flattering to anyone, Haskins has to be pleased being the second-highest rated rookie quarterback, only behind No.1 overall pick and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray.
Overall, the rookie ratings are a lot lower in Madden 20 than they were in Madden 19. A year ago, five rookie quarterbacks (Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen) started with a higher rating than Murray, who enters the game as a 73 overall.
When looking at the rookie quarterback class, perhaps the most surprising ranking has to be the Giants' Daniel Jones, who enters the game at a 63 overall.
In years past, a 63 overall would be given to a fringe roster player, not a top-ten first-round pick. For reference, Redskins' seventh-round pick Jimmy Moreland enters the game at a 64 overall.
To put it into perspective, the next lowest top-ten pick was Pittsburgh's Devin Bush, who checked in at a 72. The Giants have seven rookies with a higher Madden rating than Jones.
Jones' low rating is in unprecedented territory for a top-ten pick, let alone a first-round pick.
The beauty of Madden ratings is that they change. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was a 77 entering the 2019 season.
A year later, he's a 97 overall, and arguably the biggest snub from the 99 overall club. While many players may be upset with their rating, they have the ability to let their play do the talking.
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