The latest installment of Madden doesn’t come out for a few more weeks, but the individual player ratings are out and as usual there are some interesting results.
The Eagles have one player rated at the top of his position: Lane Johnson. At 86 overall, Johnson is tied with Mitchell Schwartz of the Chiefs as the highest rated RT.
A trio of Eagles are tied for the third highest rated player at their position.
-At 93 overall, Fletcher Cox is rated as the third best DT, tied with Ndamukong Suh and behind Aaron Donald (98) and Geno Atkins (94). Cox is one of the best DTs there is and is rated as such.
-Malcolm Jenkins is, along with Eric Berry, the third highest rated safety at 93 overall, behind Tyrann Mathieu (96) and Harrison Smith (94). This too is a fair rating, over the past two seasons as an Eagle Jenkins has established himself as one of the league’s best safeties.
-The third highly rated member of the Eagles may come as a surprise. Brandon Graham is the third best rated DE at 92 overall, tied with Mike Daniels and behind Jurrell Casey and JJ Watt. Experienced Madden players shouldn’t be surprised by this though, for whatever reasons Madden has always thought highly of Graham despite lacking a resume that other similar caliber players have.
A few other Eagles featured in the top ten at their positions.
-Zach Ertz is the 8th highest rated TE, tied with Jason Witten and a notch below Jordan Reed and Travis Kelce.
-Jason Kelce is the 6th best C, which is too high based on Kelce’s 2015 season but about right based on the rest of his career.
-Jason Peters is tied for the 9th best LT alongside Donald Penn, and a notch below Joe Staley and Cordy Glenn. That might actually be too high for Peters, who’s had a great career but is coming off a poor season by his standards.
-Madden continues to list LBs as “left” and “right” rather than “strong” and “weak”. At 85 overall, Mychal Kendricks is 10th best LOLB, tied with Koa Misi and just behind Elvis Dumervil.
-Rookies. Carson Wentz is of course the highest rated Eagles rookie, at 76 overall, a point below Jared Goff. Rounding out the rest of the draft picks, Issac Semualo is 69 overall (nice), Wendell Smallwood is 70, Halapoulivaati (who they call Hal) Vaitai is 66, Blake Countess is 67, Joe Walker and Alex McCalister are 60, and Jalen Mills is 63, which is sure to enrage Eagles fans.
There are some underrated Eagles.
-Rodney McLeod is the 10th highest rated strong safety, rating him on the same level as Ron Parker of the Chiefs and Barry Church of the Cowboys. McLeod should probably be rated above those players.
-Bennie Logan is rated 78 overall.
-Kiko Alonso is rated higher than Jordan Hicks.
-Donnie Jones is 19th among punters at 79 overall. Boycott this product.
-And because Madden never has any idea how to rate long snappers, John Dorenbos is 44 overall.
Looking at some former Eagles, Byron Maxwell is rated the same as Nolan Carroll and DeMarco Murray is rated higher than Ryan Mathews. Free agents are not listed, so no word yet on Riley Cooper and Miles Austin.
Diving into the individual attributes, there are some interesting results.
-The strongest arm of any Eagles QB is Carson Wentz, which is no surprise, and McLeod Bethel-Thompson, both at 92.
-Malcolm Jenkins, who has bad hands, has a better catch rating than Josh Huff, which could be sad but true, but both have a better rating than Darren Sproles, which is plain ridiculous.
-Madden must think highly of Lane Johnson’s high school QB days. His throwing power is 70, the lowest throwing power by a QB is Shaun Hill’s 77. Johnson’s short accuracy is 63, the worst short accuracy by a QB is Jameill Showers’ 69. His medium accuracy is 59, the worst medium accuracy by a QB is Jake Coker’s 67. Johnson’s deep accuracy is 57, the lowest rated deep accuracy for a QB is BJ Daniels at 58.
If you want to have some stupid fun with Madden, at the end of the season make Lane Johnson a QB. It would be like having Tim Tebow at QB, but better.
We can have a Madden Combine of sorts for the Eagles.
Slowest: Barrett Jones and Beau Allen.
Fastest: Nelson Agholor, Kenjon Barner, Ron Brooks, Chris Givens and Jaylen Watkins.
Strongest: Jason Peters and Brandon Brooks.
Weakest, non K/P: TJ Graham, who at 37 is rated 8 points lower than Donnie Jones.
Most agile: Darren Sproles, Ron Brooks.
Least agile: Barrett Jones.
Best jumper: Connor Barwin, Mychal Kendricks.
Worst jumper, non K/P: Stefen Wisniewski (Cody Parkey has a better jumping rating than a handful of players, including Sam Bradford).