The participant scores for “Madden NFL 20” are right here, as EA Sports activities launched its whole database forward of the sport’s Aug. 2 launch date.
We regarded past the highest general gamers to search out some attention-grabbing notes buried deep inside the participant scores system. It is price noting these are simply the launch scores for the sport. Each week, EA Sports activities will replace the scores primarily based on participant efficiency to account for breakout stars, reminiscent of Patrick Mahomes final season.
However for probably the most half, these scores present an necessary base for the rest of the season.
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A lot of the scores make plenty of sense. Tyreek Hill is quick, so he will get 99 velocity (the quickest participant within the sport). Orlando Brown ran the fifth-slowest 40-yard sprint ever on the NFL Mix, so he will get the slowest velocity (50). However among the scores might make you query a couple of issues.
We noticed 5 of these scores, and can clarify all of them under.
Odell Beckham Jr. the kicker
Odell Beckham, the three-time Professional Bowl receiver, has the second-highest kick energy (75) out of all non-kickers. He even has a stable kick accuracy (53), which might make him considerably helpful on the kicker place. Clearly he is a lot better as a receiver, however if you wish to have some enjoyable you might flip him in to a good kicker.
His scores are so excessive in these classes as a result of he really has proven off his kicking expertise previously.
If that did not impress you, right here he’s making a 46-yard kick.
We talked about OBJ was the second-highest non-kicker/punter within the kick energy class, so let’s clarify the primary: linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill. He really has 85 kick energy, which is simply two factors under an precise punter (Kasey Redfern) and simply 5 factors under a kicker (Sam Ficken).
So what is the story right here? Grugier-Hill performed soccer in highschool, the place he was an all-conference and second-team all-state punter in highschool in Hawaii. In 2017, when Eagles kicker Jake Elliott needed to depart a sport due to a concussion, the linebacker stepped up and took over kicking duties.
Zach Wooden: The worst participant at 36 general
Zach Wooden is listed because the Saints’ tight finish in Madden, however not that is not his function in actual life. Wooden is a protracted snapper, and sadly for this distinctive place, Madden would not actually have a method of ranking it. As there isn’t any snapping class, there isn’t any official lengthy snapper place. More often than not, the particular person snapping the ball within the sport is definitely an offensive lineman.
Seven gamers are ranked 40 general or much less, and so they’re all listed as tight ends (however are literally lengthy snappers). A type of lengthy snappers, Patrick Scales, performs for the Bears – and he could not consider his ranking when learn aloud to him.
Please respect the lengthy snapper, Madden.
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These punters have some severe velocity
Dolphins punter Matt Haack is the quickest kicker/punter within the sport with 85 velocity, 86 acceleration and 61 agility. Saying he might play operating again is a little bit of a stretch since he has simply 24 elusiveness and 18 trucking, however the level is he is actually quick. And the stunning half is that he isn’t the one one.
Let’s check out among the punters and kickers with first rate velocity.
We’ll undergo and clarify all of them.
The Dolphins punter performed broad receiver rising up. He earned first-team all-state honors taking part in receiver in highschool and made the change to punter basically when he went to school.
The 49ers punter ran a 4.63 40-yard sprint on the NFL Mix. As a punter at Utah, he confirmed off his skill to run a couple of occasions.
Much like Wishnowsky, Patriots punter Bailey has proven off his wheels on faux punts previously.
The offensive lineman who can play receiver
In the event you filter out the positions that will have apparent receiving expertise (WR, HB, CB, S, LB, and so forth.), you get some attention-grabbing outcomes on out-of-position gamers with stunning fingers. A few of them are explainable. For example, J.J. Watt (LE) has 78 catching since he has performed on offense a couple of occasions and has intercepted passes.
Ryan Tannehill (who performed broad receiver briefly in faculty) has 76 catching. Joe Webb, a listed quarterback who has expertise taking part in receiver, is at 72.
However the stunning participant right here is Seahawks proper sort out George Fant.
He has 70 catching, 66 catch in site visitors and 68 spectacular catch. Not unhealthy for an offensive lineman.
So the place does this come from? How can a 322-pound lineman be such a terrific receiver? As a result of final season, he confirmed off his fingers in a sport towards the Vikings.
The stunning factor right here, although, is he is simply 4 catching scores decrease than the broad receiver with the worst catching ranking: Isaac Whitney. And enjoyable reality for that, Whitney’s catching is so low as a result of he is a transformed cornerback.
One of the best non-QBs who can play QB
That is considerably of a deceptive title, as a result of plenty of the non-QBs in Madden really performed quarterback sooner or later of their profession.
Lions tight finish Logan Thomas, for instance, has the very best general scores among the many non-QBs. He performed quarterback at Virginia Tech, which explains his first rate scores. He might really swap positions and be an attention-grabbing choice at quarterback together with his velocity scores.
Additionally included are broad receiver Terrelle Pryor (83 throw energy), who performed quarterback for a quick time within the NFL; robust security Jameill Showers (80 throw energy), who was a quarterback in faculty; broad receiver Braxton Miller (74 throw energy), who performed QB at Ohio State, and oddly sufficient, tight finish Hayden Hurst.
What makes Hurst attention-grabbing is that he has 73 throw energy – with accuracy scores of 15, 10 and 6. It is because Hurst did not play quarterback at any level, however was a extremely scouted pitcher who wound up being drafted by the Pirates. He might throw as much as 90 mph as a highschool freshman.
Simply goes to point out the individuals behind the Madden scores put plenty of analysis into their work.