Jaguars WRs Marvin Jones and Christian Kirk get fair Madden 23 grades

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marvin Jones #17. (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marvin Jones #17. (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Madden videogame franchise has become an integral part of the NFL  experience. Every year, fans can’t wait to see what kind of rating the team their root for and their favorite players get. Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars fans should be thrilled that Christian Kirk, Marvin Jones Jr., and Evan Engram all got marks above 80 in the 23 edition.

Madden has released this year’s ratings for wide receivers and tight ends. The Jags didn’t have a player at either position make the top 10 but Jones got an 82 rating while both Kirk and Engram earned an 81. Laviska Shenault Jr. received a 77 rating, which might seem a bit high when you take into account that he’s coming off a down year. Nevertheless, you won’t hear any Jags fans complain about it.

The truth is that EA Tiburon, Madden’s developer, got it right this year. There have been times when players get a low rating when they should get a high one, and vice-versa. Not this time though. In particular, the Jaguars have a well-rounded wide receiver corps but you won’t see the group at the top of many power rankings.

Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence will have a wide array of targets in 2022

Both in Madden and the football field, the Jaguars have a solid arsenal of weapons at wide receiver and tight end. The team’s brass did a good job of revamping both units this offseason. In fact, Christian Kirk, Zay Jones (74 Madden rating), and Evan Engram highlight Jacksonville’s 2022 free-agent class. The three of them are expected to give the offense a boost.

Shenault is also expected to get an important role in 2022, so Trevor Lawrence won’t have a shortage of targets. If the offensive line gives him enough time to throw the ball, he should be able to take a leap in Year 2 and the Jaguars should be able to at least double their win totals from last year.

Speaking of Lawrence, it will be interesting to see what kind of rating he gets from the EA Tiburon team. The same is true for left tackle Cam Robinson and right guard Brandon Scherff, who should definitely get one above 90.

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