The Game Haus will be analyzing the player ratings from Madden 20 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. Here are the questionable Madden 20 ratings: Carolina Panthers.
Greg Olsen- 89
Olsen has been banged up and has only played a total of 16 games over the last two seasons. Last year, the veteran tight end had 27 catches for 291 yards and four touchdowns in nine games. He hasn’t been healthy, but when he is on the field he isn’t as effective as he used to be. Given that information, Olsen is rated a little too high.
Last season Olsen averaged 32.3 receiving yards per game and should be docked a few points, while still giving him credit for the good player that he is.
Adjusted Rating- 83
Shaq Thompson- 78
In 14 games last year, Thompson had 79 total tackles, which is impressive given that he plays next to Luke Keuchly, who gets to the ball carrier very well. He also added 3.5 sacks last season too. Unfortunately, Thompson’s Madden 20 rating was a little low for him at 78.
Thompson had more tackles and sacks than Samson Ebukam, who is a linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams rated at an 80. Both linebackers should be rated similarly, although Thompson deserves the rating more.
Adjusted Rating- 80
Eric Reid- 76
The Panthers didn’t sign Reid until the season started so he only played 13 games last season. He was a difference-maker in the secondary with 71 total tackles and five passes defended. Madden rated him at a 76, which puts a lot of players ahead of him at the safety position.
While he shouldn’t be one of the highest-rated safeties in the game, Reid should be given a few extra points. In eight games last season, Jaquiski Tartt had 42 tackles and two passes defended, which are close to Reid’s per game stats. The difference is Tartt is rated at an 80, which is a rating that Reid should be around as well.
Adjusted Rating- 80
Bruce Irvin- 74
Irvin isn’t the same player that he once was, but still had 6.5 sacks between the Raiders and Falcons last season. His pass-rushing ability wasn’t shown by his overall rating given by Madden. The veteran defender was given a 74 rating, which is too low.
Pernell McPhee, who is now with the Baltimore Ravens, has played in 13 games in each of the last two seasons. Over that time frame, he has just four sacks. Irvin should be rated at least as well as McPhee’s 78.
Adjusted Rating- 78