Every year, Madden starts slowly revealing some ratings before their new game is released, and Houston Texans star JJ Watt’s rating has been released.
For the last few years, they’ve been doing some top-tens. Those top-tens are going by position. And when Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted out the top-ten “pass rushers” in the game on Wednesday, it was met with a lot of criticism.
What’s right and what’s wrong….? pic.twitter.com/8WSu8qVvg4
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 15, 2020
That much is obvious. Every time ratings come out people are going to complain a lot. They will yell loudly that their favorite players are underrated and that their least favorite players are overrated.
However, most of Twitter seemed to come together for this one on Wednesday. According to Tzvi Machlin of thespun.com, not many people were happy with the rating of the Texans’ star.
Now, look. Everyone knows that JJ Watt is a great player. But he has had a lot of injuries over the past few years. And that has kept him from putting up elite production.
So the fact that he’s the second-best pass rusher and a 98 overall did not sit right with a lot of people.
There were cries for his brother, T.J. Watt to get the higher rating. There were also people asking where Za’Darius Smith and Danielle Hunter were.
Other players asked about besides JJ Watt were Myles Garrett, Shaquil Barrett, Joey Bosa, and others.
To be fair to Madden, original ratings don’t mean much. Every week during the regular season, the rosters get updated. So this is something that could be changed just within a few weeks of the season.
And we’ve already seen Madden 21 make a few changes to the ratings this year. After there was some public outcry over New York Giants’ running back Saquon Barkley being just an 89 overall, they bumped him up two points to a 91.
It’s hard to imagine they will bump down Watt. That seems a little cruel. However, a ratings boost for his brother and a few other pass rushers could be in the cards. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.