Madden 21 ratings draw strong NFL player reactions: 'EA Sports is tripping right now'

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EA Sports has been slowly releasing its "Madden NFL 21" ratings this week, and in the process has upset many of the l

eague's players.

While some have certainly been excited, like members of the 99 club, many others have expressed disappointment. Some players, like the Bengals' D.J. Reader, have fair gripes. Reader believes he should be an 88 overall instead of the 84 he was given. Others, like Lamar Jackson, seem to be upset just for the sake of being upset. Jackson has a 94 overall rating, which makes him one of the best players in the game, and a top five quarterback.

Reader and Jackson were among several players to react to their overall rating, but other players had issues with their smaller ratings. Madden has ratings for just about everything you can think of from wide receiver release to short throw accuracy, medium throw accuracy and deep throw accuracy. 

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So let's take a look at what players are saying about their rating.

Lamar Jackson

Like we mentioned before, Jackson's 94 overall rating is really good so it's somewhat surprising to see him so bothered by it. He was just a 76 overall at the launch of Madden 20 just a year ago, so he's really made some tremendous strides in one year. In fact, he's so good that Madden developers believe he's "getting close" to becoming the most dominant Madden player ever.

Jackson's mix of 96 speed (fastest speed ever for a QB in Madden history) and 92 throw power (10th among QBs in Madden) make him an extremely dangerous threat. 

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Deshaun Watson

It's not clear what exactly Watson is mad about, but the facepalm emoji clearly shows he doesn't like something with his Madden rating. Watson 86 overall, which makes him the eighth overall quarterback in the game. His overall standing among quarterbacks seems fair to me (below Aaron Rodgers, but above Dak Prescott), but I could see where Watson believes he's a 90+ overall player. Watson is dangerous with his arm and his feet, making him a fun player to use in Madden.

Kyler Murray

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray wasn't reacting to his overall rating, but rather his speed rating. Murray has a solid 91 speed, making him the second-fastest quarterback in the game, but clearly he thinks it should be higher. If he continues to showcase his skills in 2020, then his speed should go up, much like we saw with Jackson last year.

Alvin Kamara

Alvin Kamara came in at an 88 overall rating in Madden 21, which makes him tied for the ninth-best running back in the game. His yawning emoji indicates he's upset, and feels as if the Madden developers are sleeping on him.

Melvin Gordon

We don't know Melvin Gordon's full ratings as EA Sports only released the top 10 running backs, but that's exactly why the Broncos running back is upset. He feels he should be in that top 10 conversation. He finished Madden 20 as an 84 overall, making him the 21st overall running back in the game. 

Darius Slay

Darius Slay felt disrespected with his 87 overall rating. Several other players even came to his defense on this rating as well including Joe Haden, Antonio Cromartie and Charles James. Slay finished as an 87 overall in Madden 20 so he shouldn't be too surprised it remained the same.

Miles Sanders

Full running back ratings haven't been released yet (just the top 10), so we'll have to wait and see what Miles Sanders' rating actually is. He tweeted he felt he should be at least 85 overall, but it's unlikely he'll get that wish. He finished Madden 20 as 78 overall, and the Madden 21 ratings have mostly stayed true to what players finished as the year before.

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers didn't react to his Madden rating himself, but he had plenty of people come to his defense.

"It's pure disrespect," Marquez Valdes-Scantling told GMFB. "I don't understand how you can even not put him 97 or better. What did he do wrong at this point? I'll never understand the Madden ratings, but it's not for me to decide. He'll just go out and be the best quarterback ever."

Some other players such as Kyler Murray and Adrian Amos had something to say about Rodgers' 89 rating as well.

D.J. Reader

D.J. Reader had a solid 2019 season finishing with a career-high 2.5 sacks and 13 quarterback hits. His strong season led him to sign a four-year, $53 million contract with the Bengals. Because of all this, he told NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" he "should at least be an 88."

Reader comes in at 84 overall, which is where he finished in Madden 20 on the Texans. Still, he feels like he's had steady improvement through his career to warrant an improvement of four overall.

"If I go out there now, some fans might think I'm sorry," Reader told GMFB. "I'm like man, naw, EA Sports is trippin' right now."

Adrian Amos

The Packers safety is hoping his speed stays high. His final speed rating in Madden 20 was 93, so Amos should be good in that department. His full ratings haven't been released yet, but it's hard to see him dropping too much speed.

Rookie Quarterbacks

EA Sports had Steve Young reveal player ratings to rookie quarterbacks, and they surprisingly took it well. Dolphins rookie Tua Tagovailoa was extremely humble as he kept under-guessing his ratings. No one from the rookie quarterback class got too upset by their initial ratings.

Rookie wide receivers

EA Sports had Chad Johnson reveal player ratings to the rookie receivers and their reactions were a mixed bag. Tee Higgins, for example, was stunned to find out his run blocking stat. When asked what he thought it would be, he predicted 90. Madden gave him a 48.

"They did me dirty right there," Higgins said.