Deshaun Watson's Madden 21 Rating is Insultingly Low

Jason Schandl
Deshaun Watson's overall rating in Madden 21 is insultingly low.
Deshaun Watson's overall rating in Madden 21 is insultingly low. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The Houston Texans may have shipped off one of their top offensive weapons in DeAndre Hopkins this offseason, but in doing so they really announced their faith in Deshaun Watson.

They clearly have faith that the fourth-year passer doesn't need Hopkins to continue his trajectory as one of the league's top passers.

He's not getting that kind of respect from the team over at EA Sports, however, as they've given him a surprisingly low overall rating in "Madden NFL 21".

Ranking just No. 8 among all quarterbacks, Watson has just an 86 overall rating.

Watson has a passer rating of 101.0 since coming into the NFL in 2017, and that is good for sixth among all QBs (with at least 500 pass attempts) in that time. Despite this, he is ranked behind three quarterbacks (Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan) who rank behind him.

Watson also surely deserves a bit of a rating boost from his rushing ability, with 1,233 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground in his 38 games.

Even without Hopkins in town, Watson looks poised for another big season in 2020. The Madden ratings team might be sleeping on him, but most people aren't. On FanDuel Sportsbook, Watson is tied for the fifth-best odds (+1700) to take home NFL MVP honors next season.

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