With the NFL season and fantasy football quickly approaching, that also means this year's edition of the popular Madden NFL video game is soon to be released as well. Traditionally coming out a few weeks before the start of the NFL season, the game does a good job of releasing features and info around the game in the weeks and months leading up to Maddenoliday (the adopted name of the game's release date), which is August 25 this year.
One of the things gamers look forward to the most is player ratings, specifically rookie player ratings since it's really a shot in the dark. Ratings usually start to trickle in six or eight weeks before the launch of the game, which is why we are just now getting the first look at some rookie ratings in a new post on the game's Instagram.
The top QBs are the first ones we get a peak at, specifically Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, Jordan Love and Justin Herbert in this video.
While the ratings seem lower than they have for rookie quarterbacks in past years, there is some genuine shock from some of the guys at how high their ratings are for specific stats. By now, all of these guys have probably been paying Madden for 15 years or more and know to temper their expectations as rookies coming into the league.
While they all clearly want and think their ratings should be higher, they understand they have to earn their stripes on the field, both physically and digitally.
Jordan Love is the only one who has his overall rating revealed in the video, but ratings for all the top QBs have been made public.
While most of the overall ratings go in the order they were selected in the NFL Draft, we do see Love beat out Herbert by one point, despite being drafted 20 picks later in the first round.
However, at this point, with rookies, these are merely projections. And with Madden player ratings literally being adjusted after every game they play, these guys will have plenty of opportunities to prove how wrong their initial ratings were.
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