Don’t get caught up in Lamar Jackson’s low Madden 20 rating
It’s hard to get caught up in Lamar Jackson’s low rating in Madden 20. He has to prove it first:
Lamar Jackson is rated a 76 overall by EA Sports Madden 20. Is Jackson probably better than his rating suggests? Absolutely. He’s 6-1 as a starting quarterback and while he has a lot to work on, he got off to a strong start. It just doesn’t matter what his Madden 20 rating is.
One of the good things about the Madden ratings is they go up and down as the season goes along. If Jackson is better than a 76 overall in reality, the number will go up. Jackson has a long list of people to prove wrong so this won’t bother him in the slightest. If you’re a Jackson fan, don’t pretend for a second that you’re not going to light up your connected franchise mode with Jackson as your MVP.
Jackson is going to be the most fun quarterback to play with in Madden 20. He’s got a 94 in speed, a 95 in acceleration and a 95 in agility. If you thought playing as Michael Vick was fun (and I totally did) this is going to be even more awesome.
The one area where Jackson isn’t getting enough credit from EA Sports is his arm strength. Madden 20 has him as an 89 in throwing power. He doesn’t have the same cannon that Joe Flacco had, but throwing the ball deep down the field hasn’t been problematic. Jackson can sling it and his arm power should be more like a 94 than an 89.
Jackson has an 82 for short accuracy and a 78 for medium and deep accuracy. He’s a quarterback so these numbers are heavily weighted in his overall rating. It’s hard to argue with these ratings at the moment. He made all the throws as a rookie, but let’s not pretend they were consistently sharp. This is the area that Jackson needs to work on the most.
Jackson isn’t a rookie but he isn’t an established superstar either. He’s not getting the benefit of the doubt and he has to earn every morsel of respect that he gets. Jackson can do things that other quarterbacks can’t do. The game doesn’t take that away. It literally gives you a chance to show how good Jackson can become.
Don’t get caught up in his 76 overall rating. Jackson has a chance to show that he is better than that in reality. You have a chance to show that he is better at that in the game. At the end of the day it’s a number. It’s a number we will forget if Jackson becomes the superstar he is capable of being.