Madden 19 player ratings are in. Some Seahawks may be maddened.
Other key Seahawks will surely see their ratings rise
I mentioned Chris Carson earlier. He’s the third-rated running back, at least right now, at just 75. Rookie Rashaad Penny is just ahead of him at 76, and J.D. McKissic is the top-rated back at 77. McKissic is a fine player, but if he’s still rated higher than his bigger backfield mates after week one, either Madden or the Seahawks will have some major work on their to-do list.
The top rated cornerback in Seattle is Shaquill Griffin, at 80. If you’re curious (and I know you are), Richard Sherman is rated at 90. Some other tidbits: the fastest Seahawk is a tie, between Tyler Lockett and Marcus Johnson. You may recall Johnson is the player (or project) Seattle got in exchange for Michael Bennett. Speaking of speed, the Seahawks have plenty of it, with 14 players all rated at 90 or better.
As for strength, the He-Man of the Seahawks is backup guard Jordan Roos, rated at 94. So far, he’s best known as the guy who benched 225 pounds a ridiculous 41 times at his pro day. Hopeful he has an even better claim to fame soon. Newcomer D.J. Fluker, the human road grader, checks in at 91. Left tackle Duane Brown and defensive tackle Jarran Reed are both rated at 90.
The Seahawks have their own super freak
It’s probably no surprise to anyone that Frank Clark is easily the power-speed champion of the team. He’s rated at 84 for speed (90 for acceleration), and 88 for power. So he’s nearly as fast as Russell Wilson, just as quick as Doug Baldwin, and he’s stronger than Justin Britt or Naz Jones. That’s a deadly combination for opposing linemen and quarterbacks.
For what it’s worth, the lowest rated Seahawks player is long snapper Tyler Ott, at 47. Yes, he has less than half the rating points of Bobby Wagner or Earl Thomas. Somehow I doubt Seattle is going to take a look at that low rating and start a mad scramble to find a replacement, so Madden ratings only mean so much.
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The Madden ratings are far from perfect, but they are a pretty decent take on the skills of NFL players. Apparently not all players agree, though. Leonard Fournette is so upset over his 87 rating that he wants to be taken out of the game. I’m sure the Seahawks would give him a bit better rating. Then again, he had five games when he averaged less than three yards per carry. Run harder, dude.