Jacksonville Jaguars safeties don’t earn favorable Madden 23 ratings
No Jacksonville Jaguars safety earned a Madden 23 rating higher than 74 but it’s a fair mark all things considered.
The EA Tiburon team has been releasing ratings for all positions in this year’s edition of Madden throughout the week. They previously unveiled the wide receiver, the tight ends, defensive ends, and outside linebackers. On Wednesday, ratings for running backs and safeties were dropped. Tyrann Mathieu (New Orleans Saints) got the top mark, 94 overall. Derwin James Jr. (Los Angeles Chargers) was next with a 93 and Budda Baker (Arizona Cardinals) and Kevin Byard (Tennessee Titans) finished third at 92.
Byard’s teammate, Amani Hooker, was the second-highest rated safety in the AFC South with an 81 mark. Indianapolis Colts’ Rodney McLeod Jr’s 79 was next. Rayshawn Jenkins was the Jaguars’ top-rated safety at 74. Andrew Wingard surprisingly got a higher mark (73) than Andre Cisco (71) while Daniel Thomas and Rudy Ford earned ratings of 68 and 67, respectively.
So far, safety has been the Jaguars’ lowest-rated position in Madden 23. Outside linebacker Josh Allen has the top mark so far (85) and running back James Robinson is the second highest at 84. Also, Jacksonville has two receivers, Christian Kirk and Marvin Jones Jr., that had marks above 80.
Jaguars safeties Andre Cisco and Rayshawn Jenkins got fair Madden ratings
The Jaguars are coming off a year in which they managed to win just three games, and one of the many reasons was their inability to stop opposing offenses to score at will. Jacksonville’s defense was solid at times and even was responsible for great performances, such as the one against the Buffalo Bills in Week 9 or the one versus the Indianapolis Colts in the season final. However, there were also times when they left much to be desired.
Their safety group was no different. The unit generated a few big plays but nearly enough to make up for their lack of impact. Jenkins didn’t have a single interception nor a forced fumble in 2021. On the other hand, Cisco forced two fumbles late in the season. Similarly, Andrew Wingard snagged the first team’s first interception of the season, against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3, but that was pretty much it.
Jenkins is coming off a down season but he’s expected to bounce back in 2022 while Cisco is poised to join him in the starting lineup. If they both make a few more plays this upcoming season, their rating should go up but it’s hard to see either one getting a significantly higher one.
Madden 23 has dropped most of the ratings. It’s time to wait for cornerbacks and defensive line Thursday, and quarterbacks, the 99 Club, and teams Friday.