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Terry McLaurin's disappointing 82 overall highlights Washington's leaked Madden 21 ratings

Terry McLaurin's disappointing 82 overall highlights Washington's leaked Madden 21 ratings

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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Morgan Moses most impressed with Dwayne Haskins 'knowing that he's going to be the No. 1 guy'

Morgan Moses most impressed with Dwayne Haskins 'knowing that he's going to be the No. 1 guy'

Ron Rivera might be hesitant to name Dwayne Haskins the Washington starting quarterback but right tackle Morgan Moses did not hold back with his praise of the second-year QB.

"Seeing his change, knowing that he's going to be the No. 1 QB has probably been the most impressive thing from a rookie guy that some had written off," Moses said on Friday. 

Speaking on a Zoom call with local reporters, Moses explained that Haskins' growth and improved confidence stand out compared to his rookie season. Last year it was understandable that at times Haskins would struggle with play calls or specific offensive concepts, but this year, he's taken command.

"You can hear every word he says in the huddle. Those are the things he might have struggled with the year before," Moses said. "He's developed that mental aspect of his game."

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Haskins struggled mightily early on as a rookie in a messy situation. As the year progressed and he got some understanding of life in the NFL, he improved. By the end of the season Haskins played his best football, and this offseason, it seems he's used that momentum to prepare for a big 2020 year.

"He did a great job of turning himself around this offseason," Moses said. 

While the team was unable to practice or run through organized football activities, Haskins did work out with some of the Washington wide receivers in the offseason. He also shed weight and added muscle and impressed the new coaching staff with his command of the playbook. Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner talked earlier this offseason about quizzing Haskins, and that the former Ohio State star nailed the questions. 

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In the end, however, winning the offseason won't matter. It's about what Haskins can do on the field this fall that will determine his future in Washington.

Moses said that every player in the locker room has plenty to prove this fall, to themselves and to the new coaching staff, and that includes Haskins. The biggest takeaway though is that Haskins has done his best to put himself in a position to succeed. Coaches noticed, and now players are too. 

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Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current New York Jets and former Washington Football Team wide receiver Josh Doctson has opted out of the 2020 NFL season amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the team announced on Thursday.

Doctson was one of 67 players around the league including Washington's Caleb Brantley and Josh Harvey-Clemons, as many have decided to sit out the season in order to lower their risk of contracting the virus. 

Doctson was placed in the " unspecified'" grouping for the opt out, while "voluntary'" and "higher risk" were the other two options. Players had until Thursday at 4 p.m. to make the decision.

The pass catcher was Washington's first round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he never quite lived up to expectations. Injuries, drops and an inability to ever get comfortable in the offense led to Doctson only compelling 1,110 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons in Washington.

Just before the start of the 2019 regular season, Doctson was released by Washington and later signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He appeared in just one game and had no receptions. He signed with the Jets in February.

Now, the wide receiver will wait until 2021 to see if he can change the fortune of his NFL career. 

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