EA Sports is slowly unveiling its player ratings for Madden NFL 21 this week. While the game has yet to formally announced many of them thus far, each team's 10 highest-rated players were leaked to Madden School on Monday.
Washington had no players rated an 88 overall or higher, and for a team that's coming off a 3-13 season, that makes sense. However, a few of the ratings will certainly upset some Washington fans.
Standout wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who finished the 2019 season just nine yards short of breaking the franchise's rookie receiving record, comes in at an 82 overall. For a player who accomplished plenty a year ago with little help around him -- not to mention playing with three different quarterbacks -- that rating appears to be quite low.
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@eamaddennfl you’re already at strike two now after making Terry McLaurin only an 82 overall. Washington’s TOP 10 Madden 2021 Players : RG Brandon Scherff – 87 DL Matthew Ioannidis – 86 CB Kendall Fuller -86 LB Ryan Kerrigan – 84 DL Da’ron Payne – 83 P Tress Way – 82 DL Jonathan Allen – 82 WR Terry McLaurin – 82 RB Derrius Guice – 81 S Landon Collins – 81
For comparison, McLaurin's 82 rating is lower than Buffalo's Cole Beasley (83), Cincinnati's Tyler Boyd (83), Philadelphia's Alshon Jeffery (84), New York's Golden Tate (84) and Pittsburgh's JuJu Smith-Schuster (86).
Of all those pass-catchers, only Boyd had more yards than McLaurin last season. He did so on nearly 50 more targets. McLaurin's seven receiving touchdowns were the highest of the bunch, too.
On the other hand, running back Derrius Guice received a generous 81 overall rating, despite only playing in five games last season. Guice has displayed his tremendous talent when he's been on the field, but the running back has missed 27 of a possible 32 games over his first two NFL seasons and has had three separate knee surgeries.
Madden appears to have an affinity for the third-year running back, who also appeared in the game's promotional trailer last month.
There’s a whole lot of Chase Young in the Madden 21 trailer, but Derrius Guice was also featured, too pic.twitter.com/oVBJudHHAx— Ethan Cadeaux (@Ethan_Cadeaux) June 16, 2020
With Trent Williams no longer in Washington, guard Brandon Scherff now has the crown for Washington's reported highest-rated player. The three-time Pro Bowler was rated an 87 overall, a one-point decrease from where he finished the 2019 season.
Other notable ratings include defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis' 86 overall mark, the best rating of anyone along Washington's defensive front. Ryan Kerrigan (84), Daron Payne (83) and Jonathan Allen (82) follow. No. 2 overall pick Chase Young is reportedly an 80 overall, the highest rating of any rookie in the game.
Here are Washington's reported 10 highest-rated players in Madden NFL 21:
OG Brandon Scherff – 87
DL Matt Ioannidis – 86
CB Kendall Fuller - 86
DE/LB Ryan Kerrigan – 84
DL Daron Payne – 83
P Tress Way – 82
DL Jonathan Allen – 82
WR Terry McLaurin – 82
RB Derrius Guice – 81
S Landon Collins – 81
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