New Madden game doesn’t think much of Deebo Samuel, DK Metcalf, Ja’Marr Chase, Chase Claypool

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The latter stages of the offseason typically becomes list season for the NFL, with anyone and everyone ranking any and every position group. The Madden video game gets in on the act, releasing its rankings for the upcoming edition of the game all week long.

They’re coming out one position at a time. The receivers were the first to be released, along with the tight ends. And there were some interesting decisions made regarding the receiver rankings.

Raiders receiver Davante Adams comes in at the top wideout, with a 99 rating. The remainder of the top 10 looks like this: (2) Rams receiver Cooper Kupp, 98; (3) Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill, 97; (4) Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins, 96; (5) Bills receiver Stefon Diggs, 95; (6) Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson, 93; (7) Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans, 92; (8) Chargers receiver Keenan Allen, 91; (9) Commanders receiver Terry McLaurin, 91; and (10) Browns receiver Amari Cooper, 90.

There were some notable omissions from the top 10. 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel and Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf, both with 89s, didn’t make it. Bengal receiver Ja'Marr Chase, an 87, also was left out.

Meanwhile, Saints receiver Michael Thomas, who has barely played in two seasons, remains at 90. Ditto for Buccaneers receiver Chris Godwin, who is an 89 despite rehabbing a torn ACL.

While we’ve yet to notice any eruptions from players who may be feeling disrespected by their Madden ratings, it’s inevitable. Most players play the Madden game. Most players regard their ratings as an objective indication of the respect they do, or don’t, receive.

Consider Steelers receiver Chase Claypool. He recently declared he’s one of the top three receivers in the league. Madden has him at a 78, behind guys like Kenny Golladay (81), Nelson Agholor (81), Jamison Crowder (80), Corey Davis (79), Darnell Mooney (79), Mecole Hardman (79), Rondale Moore (79), and Sammy Watkins (79).

The initial numbers don’t mean all that much, since they update the rankings throughout the year. For players who are constantly searching for motivation, what better way to find it than to strive for excellence in order to flip a 78 to an 87, or higher?

Regardless, even though it’s just a video game, players will see their numbers. They’ll either agree or disagree. Those who disagree will try to prove those who came up with the numbers wrong. Whoever they are.

15 responses to “New Madden game doesn’t think much of Deebo Samuel, DK Metcalf, Ja’Marr Chase, Chase Claypool

  1. Amari Cooper doesn’t even know who is going to be throwing the ball to him!!

  2. touchback6 says:
    July 18, 2022 at 2:19 pm
    Where are all the Pats WRs? I thought their GM was a genius.


    He was, he drafted Brady and then went to KC.

  3. rankings, shmankings.

    Good luck finding 5 WR’s on earth more dangerous than Jaylen Waddle.

  4. I don’t think of either McLaurin or Amari Cooper as top 10 recievers. I’d put Deebo, Metcalf, Ja’marr and AJ Brown well above them.

  5. Jamarr Chase’s stats only look good because he played against practice squad DBs against Baltimore. 2022 he has no chance. Healthy and ready to rumble.

  6. Madden ratings tend to overrate vets at the expense of players still on their first contract.

  7. Madden jumped the shark years and years ago. I cannot wait for 2K to release a football game again.

  8. Metcalf has alot of fumbles and gives up alot. Mclaurin has more yards than Metcalf even with bum qbs

  9. Show me where Metcalf has more fumbles per catch/target than others. You can’t.

  10. I’m glad all these overpaid rock-heads are more worried about their Madden rankings than, say, actually winning games for their teams. I know Clayfool is caught up in it.

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