Madden 22 won’t be released until August 17 but EA has already started unveiling player ratings for the newest entry in the video game franchise. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was the second-highest-rated rookie at 78, behind Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts, who got an 81 overall rating. While it’s not great, it isn’t bad either, and it will be interesting to see if any Jacksonville Jaguars’ player will get a rating over 90 this year.
Last year, no Jaguars player earned a rating of 90 or higher in Madden. Center Brandon Linder was the top-rated player at 87 overall and kicker Josh Lambo was next with an 85 rating. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, running back Leonard Fournette, and left guard Andrew Norwell were next at 83. Not long after EA released the ratings, Jacksonville traded Ngakoue and released Fournette.
Other Jaguars players that earned a rating over 80 in Madden 21 were linebacker Joe Schobert (82), EDGE defender Josh Allen (81), wide receiver D.J. Chark Jr. (81), and linebacker Myles Jack (81). Quarterback Gardner Minshew, who was coming of a solid rookie campaign, only manage to get a 70. Undrafted free agent running back James Robinson didn’t originally pop up on the list, as he wasn’t on many people’s radar at the time.
Things look bleak for the Jacksonville Jaguars in Madden 22.
While there’s a good chance the Jaguars exceed expectations in 2021, it’s unlikely that any of their players will get a Madden rating over 90 this year. The Jaguars are coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history, losing 15 consecutive games and many of the players that had a rating over 80 last season either saw a dip in production or struggled with injuries. For that reason, they may have even fewer players with an 80 rating or higher.
Robinson was a revelation in2020, totaling 1,414 yards from scrimmage, the most by an undrafted rookie in NFL history. Nevertheless, his rating will be around 80, possibly 82. A knee injury limited Allen to eight games, which in turn affected his performance. After posting 10.5 sacks and making the Pro Bowl in 2019, he logged just 2.5 last year. The same is true for Chark. The LSU product earned a Pro Bowl designation and registered a 1,000-yard season in 2019 but he experienced a dropoff in production due to the instability at quarterback.
Linder could earn a similar Madden rating in 2021 but it’s highly unlikely that he will get one over 90. Even though he still played at a high level last year, he missed seven games. Schobert could get a higher rating after posting 141 total tackles, two forced fumbles, and three interceptions but he won’t probably reach the 90-mark.
Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars might be disappointed with their team’s Madden 22 ratings. However, not everything is doom and gloom. The Jags have an exciting young quarterback in Trevor Lawrence and head coach Urban Meyer looks like the right man to get the team back on track, so even if the Jags don’t fare well in video games, they will be better on the field than they were last season.