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 Kansas City Chiefs.
Chris Jones – 92
While a 92 overall rating is an improvement in giving Jones the respect he deserves, it could stand to be a bit higher.
The Chiefs organization clearly believes in Jones’ abilities, as they recently invested $85 million in the defensive tackle’s contract extension spanning over the next four years.
Jones led the team in sacks last season despite missing three regular season games due to injury. In the games without Jones in the lineup, the Chiefs allowed six more points per game from opposing offenses. When he wasn’t in a game, opposing quarterbacks had a significantly lower QBR (more than a 25 point difference).
Jones is among several young players who will be with the Chiefs for several more years. Fans and experts believe that after last season’s success, this could be the beginning of a dynasty in Kansas City.
Adjusted Rating – 94
Charvarius Ward – 76
Ward is entering his third season with the Chiefs. Along with several other players in the Kansas City Chiefs’ Madden 21 ratings, he should definitely be given a little more appreciation.
Of the cornerbacks in Kansas City, Ward has shown the most improvement. He defended 10 passes, had one forced fumble and two interceptions in his first full year as a starter. After the 2019 season, he ranked 7th out of all NFL cornerbacks in solo tackles with 64.
Ward might not be at the peak of his career, but he is still a young player (24) with a lot more to give.
The defensive back could be an even stronger contender this coming season with the Chiefs being on the rise as a team. The numbers show that he has improved his game significantly since previous seasons, but the Madden 21 ratings kept him with the same rating he had in Madden 20.
Adjusted Rating – 79
Sammy Watkins – 81
It is understandable why several wide receivers on the Chiefs have strong ratings on Madden 21. However, Watkins in particular could arguably be moved a little bit lower.
While his speed rating could stand to move up from a 91 to about a 92 or 93, Watkins has definitely struggled a little bit in his two seasons with the Chiefs.
Prior to his move to Kansas City, Watkins was a successful wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills.
During his standout rookie season in Buffalo, Watkins recorded 982 yards on 65 receptions with six touchdowns. Since that season, though, he has shown that he is prone to injury. Watkins has not made it through a full season healthy since that season in 2014.
In the games that Watkins was on the field with the Chiefs during the 2019 season, he managed to catch 52 passes for 673 yards and three touchdowns.
He displayed his talent well in the games he was able to play. Although, you can’t help but wonder if his success was mostly a result of having quarterback Patrick Mahomes on his side. Mahomes recently joined the 99 club, meaning EA Sports believes he is an elite player.
Once the 2020 season begins, we will quickly find out if Mahomes’ success is the reason that wide receivers and running backs on the Chiefs are rated well.
Adjusted Rating – 79
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