Baltimore Ravens Madden 21 ratings: Good, bad and the ugly
Mark Andrews is the eight best tight end in the eyes of EA Sports. It’s kind of funny considering in reality he’s probably the third best. Andrews being behind George Kittle and Travis Kelce is fair. Andrews being behind a Rob Gronkowski who is coming back from a shot retirement is something I can almost live with. I would take Andrews over Zach Ertz, but at least Ertz is good enough that you can give me a counter argument. I’ll let Madden go on this one, just to be nice.
Austin Hooper, Evan Engram and Jared Cook. Andrews is the best play-maker out of all these players. Hooper averaged 10.5 yards per reception last year and scored six touchdowns last year. Engram only played half a season in 2019 and missed five games the year before that. He had 44 receptions and three touchdowns and had just over 10 yards per catch. Andrews had 10 touchdowns because he was an actual game changer.
He had 13.3 yards per reception because he was a play-maker not just a big target. Hooper is good. Engram is given the benefit of the doubt and Cook benefited greatly from playing for the New Orleans Saints. None of them are great, none of them are on the level that Andrews is on.
Andrews has an 80 catch in traffic rating. Isn’t that what makes him such a game changer?shouldn’t that number be higher? He has relatively low ratings as a route runner which is how you know EA Sports doesn’t know how to do this. Andrews is a good route runner, whose strength is finding the weak spot in a zone coverage and being there for number eight.
I know that Devin Duvernay is a rookie but he has the same rating as Chris Moore. Moore has done almost nothing on offense and Duvernay is expecting to be a high impact rookie at wide receiver. Those are my only really substantial complaints. It doesn’t make sense to go through the entire list and shred each rating to pieces. I had to note the things I didn’t like. Overall the offensive line is given no love in between the tackles, Chuck Clark is underrated for the weirdest reasons and EA Sports doesn’t consider Andrews to be an elite tight end. These are the things that make Madden 21 look bad.