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5 most underrated Jets in Madden NFL 20

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 11: Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets prepares to take the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on November 11, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 11: Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets prepares to take the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on November 11, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Madden NFL 20 comes out in less than 2 weeks. Here are some of the New York Jets player ratings that we’re not happy with.

The Jets often find themselves disappointed in their Madden rating. Last year, they started the year off with a 74 overall team, the lowest in the game. This year, they find themselves at 27th in the game with a 78 overall.

The Jets are a much more exciting team to play with in Madden 20 than in Madden 19. They added stars on both sides of the ball in Le’Veon Bell and C.J. Mosley, along with several other improvements on both sides of the ball.

Despite the Jets’ improved ratings, we think that a few upgrades should be made. Some players are rated lower than they should be. Here are 5 Jets that deserve a rating boost sooner rather than later.

Jamal Adams

Yes, the Jets’ second highest rated player is underrated. Jamal Adams was given a 90 overall, the fifth highest rated safety in the game. This feels almost criminal. He was awarded a starting bid in the Pro Bowl and was named a second-team All Pro player for his work on the field.

You can make the argument that he was the best safety in football last season. There’s basically no argument at all that he wasn’t at least a top 3 safety in 2018. To have him below four guys seems off. At the very least, Adams should be a 92 or a 93 overall.

Adams will still be among the games elite safeties. I’m sure his overall will rise throughout the season as he continues to show the league what he’s capable of. If he gets his interceptions up alone, he can probably rise to being a top 3 safety in the game. I’m still drafting Adams 10 times out of 10 in franchise mode.

Sam Darnold

Darnold was one of the players I was most excited to see the improvement of in Madden. He felt like a weak link when using the Jets in gameplay. But, instead of increasing his overall, EA decided to drop him one overall? Really?

I could see them wanting to keep his overall in the same range as last year’s, but to go down an overall just seems dumb. I mean, at least keep him at 75 overall. Madden seems to be setting a trend with keeping young quarterbacks’ overalls low, considering Kyler Murray, the number one pick, is a 73.

Darnold will probably still have a high development rating, so his rating is bound to improve. Lowering his overall felt disrespectful on EA’s part, but in the end, who cares? If he improves his play, so will his overall. I can see him hitting an 80 overall at some point in the season.

Chris Herndon IV

Herndon was one of the few bright spots on the Jets’ offense last season. He finished the season with 502 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. He also averaged 8.96 yards per target, which is surprisingly rare for a rookie tight end. The only other rookie tight end to post those type of numbers so far this century is Rob Gronkowski. That’s solid company.

Chris Herndon has been a legit top 5-10 receiving TE since he first became regularly involved in Week 6.

4th in TDs, 5th in yards, 10th in catches, and among the 20 TEs with 35+ targets, 4th in yards per reception and 1st in yards per target.#Jets

— Michael Nania (@Michael_Nania) December 24, 2018

When he was put into the Jets’ offense, he turned into one of the better receiving tight ends in the league. His rating of 76 overall feels a little low for the level of play he performed at. I mean, Hayden Hurst put up 163 yards and one touchdown in 12 games and managed to get a 78 overall. A 79 or an 80 overall feels more reasonable for Herndon.

Marcus Maye

Marcus Maye has become twice the player that he was when the Jets drafted him in the second round of 2017. Yet, despite putting up good numbers and performing at a high rate, Madden has yet to do his overall a service.

Maye’s overall of 78 seems low. He was a top 10 safety in football according to Pro Football Focus before suffering injuries last season. When he’s been on the field, he’s proven he can perform at a high rate.

I see Madden’s stand point regarding keeping Maye’s overall low. He missed more than half the season in 2018 and was a second round pick. However, Maye has proven that he deserves to cross the 80 overall mark in Madden.

Brandon Shell

Shell’s another player that continues to improve his play, but just can’t get that Madden rating up. Shell has turned into a consistent starter at right tackle when healthy for the Jets since being drafted in the fifth round in 2016. His overall hasn’t even gotten past the 73 overall mark in his career. His rating in Madden 20 is a 71, which is way too low.

Shell doesn’t belong in the 80 overall club, but nobody keeps a starting job for three years by playing like a 71 overall. Madden makes Shell a liability on the Jets’ offensive line, but that’s not true at all. He’s earned a 75 overall at the very least.

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