Saquon Barkley leads the way in rookie skill-position Madden 19 ratings

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Rookies typically enter the league with relatively low Madden ratings. Of this year’s class, the second overall pick leads the way.

Via NFL.com, Giants running back Saquon Barkley received an 82 in the game, the highest rating for any first year player. (But check the update below.) Next comes Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and Bears linebacker Roquan Smith, both of whom have an 81.

Three defensive players registered an 80, including Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb.

The second-highest rookie quarterback rating went to the last player taken in round one, with Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson at 79. Following him are Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (78), Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (75), and Bills quarterback Josh Allen (74).

Ratings change throughout the year, with numbers going up and down based on actual performance. Then there’s the Ultimate Team format, that typically has multiple versions of the same player with different ratings, culminating in a rash of 99s that become available in the slower months of May, June, and July.

UPDATE 9:55 a.m. ET: Apparently, NFL.com overlooked Colts guard Quenton Nelson, who received an 83 rating. So Barkley has the highest rating of any skill position player.

23 responses to “Saquon Barkley leads the way in rookie skill-position Madden 19 ratings

  1. I’ll start respecting the Madden ratings once they finally decide to get Tyreek Hill’s speed right…….I mean, if there were ever going to be a speed rating of 99, wouldn’t he be it??? 96 just seems insulting.

  2. Unfortunately he’s not going to be able to pad his numbers like he did by playing against teams like Akron. He’s going to be playing against much better competition now and if Rutgers could shut him down, every NFL defense will be able to. #overrated

  3. Madden is complete and utter trash. Ever since they received exclusive rights to the NFLPA and phased out 2K, they’ve had 0 competition and expectations. Just release glorified roster updates and their usual tag of “real motion, IQ, etc.” which is code for another year of bad AI and arcade style football. No thanks.

  4. Does a player get suspended if it’s found that EA Sports is using performance enhancing software (PES) for that player?

  5. redislander10 says:
    July 4, 2018 at 10:20 am
    I’ll start respecting the Madden ratings once they finally decide to get Tyreek Hill’s speed right…….I mean, if there were ever going to be a speed rating of 99, wouldn’t he be it??? 96 just seems insulting.

    Chris Johnson had a 99 and Devin Hester had 100 for a moment. Even Adrian Peterson had a 97.

    You’re right about Hill needing to be faster

  6. If you key in on Barkley you can obviously shut him down….and then Odell, Engram and Shep will have 150 receiving yards each. I’ll take that every Sunday.

  7. 49erfan44 says:
    July 4, 2018 at 10:31 am
    Curious to see Josh Allen’s THP. Mahomes had a 97 last year.

    Josh Allen was given 99 THP (throw power), highest of any QB in the game

  8. Was scratching my head until i realized that 75% of all the posters here learned everything they know about football from madden

  9. PoliticalCorrectnessBelongsInTheKitchen says:
    July 4, 2018 at 12:03 pm
    Tyreek hill a 99 speed? Cmon man john ross ran the fastest 40 ever not Tyreek hill. pretty sure without checking he only got a 98.

    Except Hill’s speed actually translates to football games in pads. Did John Ross even catch a ball last year?

  10. Except Hill’s speed actually translates to football games in pads. Did John Ross even catch a ball last year?

    I like both Hill and Ross. To be fair, Ross was playing for the Bengals, whose head coach doesn’t believe in playing rookies. I can’t explain why he is of that horrifyingly stupid opinion, but that’s something that’s outta Ross’s control.

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