Summer break is almost over for the NFL. This time next week there will be videos of the San Francisco 49ers playing actual football. The folks over at EA Sports released the first player ratings for Madden NFL 20. The 49ers ratings will...raise your eyebrows. Check them out.
Richard Sherman (93 overall) George Kittle (90) Joe Staley (90)
Kittle should be higher. He had all of the yards after the catch last season — all of them. Staley is fine. He’s been consistently great. Sherman should be in the vicinity this year, but he wasn’t a year ago.
Deforest Buckner (87), Robbie Gould (85), Kyle Juszczyk (85), Dee Ford (84), Tevin Coleman (83), Marquise Goodwin (83), Mike McGlinchey (83), Matt Breida (82), Jerick McKinnon (82), Jason Verrett (82), Dante Pettis (80), Jaquiski Tartt 80)
If Buckner isn’t going to have a rating in the 90s, nobody should. He was fantastic last year: Swap Goodwin and Pettis’ ratings. Put Ford in the high 80s, and that should be fine. I don’t view Breida and McKinnon as equals, and I’d imagine if you’ve seen the two play you wouldn’t either.
Kwon Alexander (78), Arik Armstead (78), Nick Bosa (78), Jimmy Garoppolo (78), Kendrick Bourne (75), Jordan Matthews (75), Mike Person (75), Laken Tomlinson (75), Jimmie Ward (75), Raheem Mostert (74), Trent Taylor (74), Solomon Thomas (74), Fred Warner (74), Ronald Blair III (73), Garrett Celek (73), Adrian Colbert (73), Malcolm Smith (73), K’Waun Williams (73), Deebo Samuel (71), Levine Toilolo (71), Ahkello Witherspoon (70), Sheldon Day (70), Weston Richburg (70)
Well, well, well. Finally, the quarterback. Madden rated Garoppolo as the 21st best QB in the NFL. Wowzers. I get the hesitation until Jimmy plays a full season, but Marcus Mariota, Andy Dalton, Derek Carr, and about seven other names aren’t better than Garoppolo, and it’s not even close. How about Fred Warner? He should be in the Alexander-Tartt range. ‘Spoon took a nosedive, too.
If you are an avid gamer, by Week 5, all of these rankings should be vastly different. This is yet another thing for us to be mad at and hold us over until the season gets here. Nothing more.