Are you ready, world? Are you really, truly ready?
We're only six days away from the release of Madden '16; yes, there's less than a week left of waiting for the next edition of the always popular video game that will surely have the most realistic graphics and force us to miss far more important engagements and activities because of its addicting nature.
And just last week, EASports.com released the full team-by-team, player-by-player ratings -- ratings that will surely set off debates and provoke reactions amongst the game's players and football fans everywhere. Just like this one, in fact.
After viewing Madden's rankings of the Redskins, we've compiled a list of the most notable numbers that stuck out to us. Here it is:
- Robert Griffin III's "I feel like I'm the best quarterback in the league" comments have created quite the buzz around the football world the past few days (how's that for an understatement?). But while he clearly has some work to do to become the league's best signal caller, according to EA Sports, he is at least the best on his own team: RG3 checks in with a 78 overall rating; Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy, meanwhile, are both 73's.
- The top Redskin is Ryan Kerrigan, whose overall rating is just one point below his jersey number. DeSean Jackson is the second best Redskin in the eyes of Madden's creators -- the speedy receiver is an 88. Terrance Knighton (88), Jason Hatcher (87) and Trent Williams (87) round out the top 5 (anyone else think that the 87 assigned to Williams is far too low?).
- The two most unexpected rankings probably belong to Darrel Young (87) and Kory Lichtensteiger (86); Young because he gets so few touches at the fullback position and doesn't seem to be valued much by national analysts, and Lichtensteiger because he's never mentioned among football's best centers. Users who play with the Redskins on the virtual field won't be complaining about the high numbers, though.
- Punter Tress Way's 85 rating is something that will have other specialists around the NFL pumping their fist (or maybe their legs); that's quite a distinction passed on to the second-year player by Madden's evaluators.
- Rookie Brandon Scherff is an 80, making him the third highest touted rookie in the game. Interestingly enough, he's still listed as a tackle by EA Sports despite what looks like to be a permanent move to guard.
- Duke Ihenacho and Jeron Johnson are both 76's, meaning if Jay Gruden and Joe Barry were looking to break the tie in the competition for starting strong safety using Madden's rankings, they're out of luck.
- Bashaud Breeland is a 72; that feels low for a second-year corner who made as many plays as he did in 2014.
- The two guys who look like they could make the biggest jump when these ratings are updated next are running back Matt Jones and wide receiver Jamison Crowder; the two rookies have flashed often in camp and should both have a large impact on the offense come Week 1.
- The lowest rated Redskin -- a.k.a. the anti-Ryan Kerrigan -- is long snapper Nick Sundberg. He already took issue with us when we ranked him low compared to his teammates, so will he reach out to Madden, too?
Here is the full list of all the Washington players that the site leaked rankings for (courtesy of Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda).