Madden has no 99 edge rushers

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The folks at Madden are publishing on a daily basis the initial ratings at the various positions for the upcoming edition of the game. (For those of us who play Ultimate Team, all that matters is our collection current and historical 99s will soon give way to 59s. Again.)

At edge rusher, the folks at EA Sports have spotted no 99s.

Myles Garrett of the Browns ranks first with a 98. Next comes Khalil Mack of the Bears, at 96. Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt is third at 94. Chandler Jones of the Cardinals (for now) is fourth, also at 94. Next comes J.J. Watt of the Cardinals, who is a lot more than an edge rusher, at 94.

Cam Jordan of the Saints is sixth at 93, Broncos linebacker Von Miller is seventh at 93. The Bosa brothers, Joey and Nick of the Chargers and 49ers, respectively, are eight and ninth, respectively, with a 92 and 90, respectively. Then comes Za'Darius Smith of the Packers, at 89.

Watt arguably should be higher. Trey Hendrickson, now of the Bengals and who had 13.5 sacks last year (tied for No. 2 in the NFL), could feel snubbed. Ditto for Haason Reddick, now of the Panthers.

And where’s Chase Young of the WFT? Sure, he had only eight sacks as a rookie. But he won the defensive player of the year award, and there’s no reason to think he won’t be great this year.

Ultimately meaningless, these rankings take on meaning to the extent that they give players a little extra external motivation.

18 responses to “Madden has no 99 edge rushers

  1. PFT may not know this, but Madden’s ratings account for youth. Young players typically improve in their franchise mode, and so have their ratings muted somewhat to account for that growth. Otherwise, a Young might be a 95 rated second year player who would soon be by far the best at his position and potentially break the scale. Not saying that it’s fair, but that’s how Madden has done it for the past 20 years best as I can tell.

  2. I feel bad for these sites who have to post content all day. This is major news.

  3. EA Sports knows enough that lots of Von Miller fans will spend lots of hours gaming to bring his rating up to 99.

  4. JJ Watt being a 94 tells you all you need to know about bias going into these rankings

  5. Florio must get paid for madden plugs. Game literally hasn’t changed in like 20 years. NFL 2K would be so much better. EA sports is terrible.

  6. Hey Pats fans where is Matt Judon? NE way over payed for this guy. If the Ravens let a defensive player walk it is probably because he is are not worth what he thinks he is worth

  7. which Watt are you referring to that should have a better rating?

    random but Madden 07 is still my favorite Madden. The franchise mode was great.

  8. It’s funny how some people get all worked up over the player ratings in a video game. It is electrons & binary code, and has NO bearing on anything in real life… except if the Bosa brothers play it – they would likely tear their thumb tendons and be out for the year.

  9. Hunter not being on the list, confirms they do not know what they are doing.

  10. Top tier edge rushers in Madden have about as much impact on a game as a player with a 75 overall rating.

  11. It makes sense to have no 99 overall edge rushers. Who in the current group is so dominant that they are deserving of the highest possible rating? If you answered “no one” you are correct.

  12. redsoxu571 says:
    July 27, 2021 at 9:40 am
    PFT may not know this, but Madden’s ratings account for youth.

    Mahomes and McCaffery (each just 24 years old when madden came out last season) were both 99 overall at launch. Age is only a factor in how the players progress/regress throughout the franchise mode.

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