Jacksonville Jaguars may not get favorable Madden 22 ratings

Jacskonville Jaguars fan reacting at TIAA Bank Field. (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacskonville Jaguars fan reacting at TIAA Bank Field. (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports) /

Based on their 1-15 record in the 2020 regular season, the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t probably get favorable Madden 22 ratings.

If you are into Madden, you might’ve learned that Trevor Lawrence was the top-rated rookie quarterback in this year’s edition of the video game franchise. Meanwhile, running back Travis Etienne earned a 76 overall rating but how will other Jacksonville Jaguars players fare?

EA has been releasing ratings for Madden 22 throughout the week and they will reveal the full list Saturday, June 31. So far, Lawrence and Etienne are the only Jaguars players whose ratings are known but it’s unlikely that the team will get favorable marks based on their 2020 record.

The Jags had a 6-10 record in 2019 and quarterback Gardner Minshew II was coming off a solid rookie campaign. Nevertheless, he got a 70 overall rating in Madden 21, which was (surprisingly) three points lower than defensive tackle Taven Bryan. EDGE rusher Josh Allen had just earned his first Pro Bowl designation and got an 81 overall grade. The same is true for wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. Despite the fact that he posted a 1,000-yard season, he only got an 81 rating.

Minshew, Allen, and Chark regressed in 2020, so they will probably get lower ratings in Madden 22. The fact that Jacksonville had the worst record in the NFL last season won’t help matters either. For that reason, it will be interesting to see what kind of rating the EA programming team assigns to the Jags.

The Jacksonville Jaguars won’t have many top-rated players in Madden 22.

Ok, so the Jaguars as a whole weren’t very good but they had some dominant individual performances. That must account for something, right? After all, running back James Robinson totaled 1,414 yards from scrimmage, the most by an undrafted rookie in NFL history. Linebackers Joe Schobert and Myles Jack also held their own and were two of the few bright spots on defense last year. Center Brandon Linder was his efficient self but missed seven games with injuries, so his Madden 22 rating may take a hit. He was the Jags’ top-rated player last year, will that still be the case in this year’s edition?

How about those players that joined the Jaguars in free agency? Even though they refrained from acquiring a superstar, they signed a couple of players that could get favorable Madden 22 ratings. Cornerback Shaquill Griffin got an 84 overall last year while wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. got an 85 overall. There’s a chance they will be the Jags’ top-rated players this year.

On the bright side, the Jacksonville Jaguars are a young team that could exceed expectations in 2021. EA normally revisits and updates ratings according to how players perform throughout the season, so several  Jags players that won’t get an adequate mark at first will a more favorable one later this year. Sure, Madden 22 is just a video game and a team’s success on the field isn’t dependant on their virtual rating. Nevertheless, it would be nice to see them do well on both platforms.

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