The Game Haus will be analyzing the player ratings from Madden 19 of every NFL team. Madden has a daunting task of rating all NFL players and their attributes. While they have the ability to correct some of these rankings with in-season roster updates, there are some issues with some of the initial rankings of players. This article will look into the head-scratching Madden 19 ratings for the Buffalo Bills.
White had one of the greatest rookie seasons ever for a cornerback but was overshadowed a little bit by fellow rookie Marshon Lattimore. He finished 2017 with four interceptions and 18 passes defended, proving to be a shut-down corner. Most notably he frustrated Rob Gronkowski with his good coverage so much that Gronk freaked out on him. After his great season, Madden rewarded him with an 88 rating.
The rating, while great for a second-year player, isn’t good enough for White. With his 88 rating, he is rated lower than Jimmy Smith and Richard Sherman. Smith hasn’t played a full 16 game season since 2015 and Sherman is coming off of a torn Achilles. Maybe this is Madden playing it safe because he is just going into his second season, but shouldn’t they respect the work he did rather than ranking injury-prone players higher than him?
White should be a few points higher and will prove it on the field this season.
McCarron wanted a chance to compete for a starting job and signed with Buffalo to do so. He was stuck behind Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, but when he got his opportunities to play, he did solidly. In 11 games played he has 920 passing yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions on 64.7% passing. Madden deemed his performances worthy of a 71 overall rating.
A player like McCarron who has proven to be a serviceable quarterback deserves a few more overall points. To put it in perspective, Giants’ rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta, who was selected in the fourth round and played at Richmond, is the same rating. That is totally unfair to McCarron and the work he has already displayed.
Madden is cautious in some areas with their ratings, but at times can be inconsistent. It’s a tough job and hard to be fair to all the players in the league. In the case of Vontae Davis, the Madden team judged him too harshly. The Colts cut him last season for his poor play and an argument over his status on the team. Ultimately he was injured and needed season-ending surgery. He was given a 78 overall rating.
That rating ties him as the 63rd best cornerback in the NFL. The rating is a little too low, even if Davis is injured. There are plenty of players ahead of him who are worse at covering or are unproven commodities. The rating that Madden gave Davis means that they believe he is a starter on an NFL team, but barely. Davis may not be the greatest anymore, especially after being banged up, but to put him that low is a little too premature. He has struggled in recent seasons but with great players around him, if he can stay healthy, he still has the talent to perform.
Tre’Davious White: 90
A.J. McCarron: 75
Vontae Davis: 80