Baltimore Ravens: Top 5 Madden 20 ratings that make no sense
Folks, we need to talk. EA Sports just released the Madden 20 ratings for every NFL player in the game. Some of these don’t make sense:
1. Justin Tucker: Rated 87 overall
Somebody please explain to me how the best kicker in the National Football League is only an 87 overall? Justin Tucker isn’t one of the best kickers, he is the best kicker. Statistically speaking, Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history. He’s only missed one PAT in his entire career and he is almost automatic as a field goal kicker. The good thing about the kicker position is it is about makes and misses. It’s easy to measure how good Tucker is at his job. It’s hard to say that any player does his job better or more consistently than Tucker.
This is really more a criticism of how EA Sports rates kickers in general, than a criticism of Tucker’s rating. The good news is that Tucker is the highest rated kicker in the game. Kickers are rated just like every position with a score for everything from speed, agility and stuff like that. Why does that even go into the grading system for a kicker? Justin Tucker’s awareness is only a 71. My question to this is twofold. First, how is one of the brightest people in the NFL only a 71 in awareness. Secondly, how is Tucker’s awareness relevant. He knows where the goal posts are and he knows how to put the football between them.
The Ravens kicker isn’t inflicted with a disservice by his rating. Instead all kickers are brought down a peg because you wouldn’t line them up at wide receiver. A player’s rating should be based on how well they do their job. Tucker’s elusiveness doesn’t matter and it shouldn’t factor into his score. How does EA Sports even decide that Tucker is a 15 in elusiveness? How do you measure that. EA Sports should give the top kicker the same kind of score that they give the top players at other positions. Because Tucker isn’t in the 90’s, and neither are the rest of the great kickers, this Madden 20 rating is irking.