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Madden 21 Questionable Ratings: Detroit Lions

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EA Sports’ Madden franchise has the daunting task of ranking all NFL players and their attributes. While they have the ability to correct these rankings with in-season roster updates, there are some issues with the initial rankings of players. So, The Game Haus will be analyzing the most questionable ratings for players on every NFL team.

Here are the most questionable Madden 21 ratings for the Detroit Lions.

Justin Coleman – 84

Justin Coleman
Justin Coleman of the Detroit Lions (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

Justin Coleman has been a part of a couple good defenses in New England and in Seattle. Much like most New England Patriots defenders Coleman ended up a member of the Detroit Lions with former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

Coleman has been an extremely solid slot cornerback for Detroit. Some can argue that he is one of the better slot cornerbacks in the league. Though that is in the case he should not be rated as one of the best overall cornerbacks in the league.

Joe Haden of the Pittsburgh Steelers played at a level that earned him a spot on the Pro Bowl roster last season and he is an 83 overall. Nickell Robey-Coleman is considered the best slot cornerback in the league and he is only an 82.

Coleman is extremely solid but there is a valid argument that Coleman isn’t even the best corner on his roster, playing with Desmond Trufant and Jeff Okudah. He is just about an average cornerback overall.

Adjusted Rating – 80

Danny Amendola – 80

Danny Amendola
Danny Amendola hasn’t been a reliable option on offense for a couple of seasons (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Amendola is another former New England Patriots who plays for the Detroit Lions. He has been one of the better slot receivers in the league for a couple of seasons.

However last season Amendola only had 678 yards and one touchdown. He appears to be declining at age 34.

Both Christian Kirk of the Arizona Cardinals and Dionte Johnson of the Pittsburgh Steelers had betters seasons than Amendola and were rated lower than him. Kirk has a 78 rating and Johnson has a 76 rating.

Amendola was a huge part of the Patriots’ Super Bowl winning offenses too. But his best days are behind him and his rating should reflect that.

Adjusted Rating – 78

Halapoulivaati Vaitai – 67

Hal Vaitai
Hal Vaitai signing a 5 year $45 Million deal was extremely shocking (USA Today Images)

The Detroit Lions cut stable right tackle Rick Wagner in the offseason and shockingly signed Halapoulivaati Vaitai to a long term deal. Vaitai was a swing tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles who played a crucial role in filling in for Jason Peters during the Eagles Super Bowl run. He also had some spot starts for Lane Johnson whenever he got hurt.

Backup tackle for the Buffalo Bills Ty Nsekhe is rated a 72. Browns backup left tackle Kendall Lamm even has a higher overall than Vaitai with a 68.

Signing Vaitai to a long term deal to be their right tackle was a bad deal. But it wasn’t terrible enough where some team backups are better than him.

Adjusted Ratings – 71

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