NY Jets: Jamal Adams disrespected in Madden 21 ratings reveal

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NY Jets’ safety Jamal Adams was recently disrespected by Madden 21 in their ratings reveal.

NY Jets‘ safety Jamal Adams has been the topic of discussion for much of the offseason regarding his ongoing contract dispute with the organization. But on Thursday, his name began trending for a very different reason.

EA Sports has begun releasing some of their ratings for the upcoming Madden 21 video game and as is the case every year, the ratings were a hot topic amongst NFL fans.

Simply put, they’re bad. Very bad.

Adams wasn’t immune to these poor ratings as the All-Pro safety was one of many players disrespected by the game’s poor rating system. Madden has been releasing the top-10 players at a variety of positions and on Thursday they released the ratings for the top-10 safeties.

Unsurprisingly, Adams found himself on the list — anything short of that would have been a travesty. But he likely wasn’t ranked as high as he should have been.

Adams wasn’t ranked as the best safety in the NFL. He’s not considered the second-best either. Instead, the 24-year-old phenom received jut a 92 overall rating and was tied with Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots as the third-best safety in the league.

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NY Jets’ safety Jamal Adams was ranked as the third-best safety in the game.

That’s right, Adams is considered to be the exact same overall as McCourty. The same McCourty who has never made an All-Pro team in his 10-year career, has only made two Pro Bowls, and has been ranked in the top-5 of his position by Pro Football Focus just once in the last five years.

Yet he has the same overall rating as Adams who has more All-Pro appearances and the same amount of Pro Bowl appearances in three years as McCourty has in 10. Not to mention the fact that Adams has been a top-5 player at his position per PFF in each of the last two seasons.

Jamal Adams is a better player than Devin McCourty in 2020 and it’s hard to argue that fact. But Madden clearly doesn’t feel that that’s the case.

Adams sits three overall points behind Harrison Smith and one overall point behind Tyrann Mathieu in the safety rankings.

That’s despite the fact that Smith was ranked 13th at his position by PFF in 2018 (Adams was second). And even more egregiously, despite the fact that Mathieu has been ranked as the 45th, 21st, and 16th best safety by PFF in each of the last three years.

Are PFF grades everything? No, of course not. But they help show the big picture and I’m much more willing to trust their analysis than the Madden developers.

Take it from Tyrann Mathieu himself who insisted that Adams was criminally underrated in the game.

Disrespectful Jamal Adams is 92 on madden. He’s at least 95/ @ Peak he’s 97-98. Period. I don’t want to argue!

— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) July 16, 2020

Adams may be making headlines for all the wrong reasons this offseason, but there’s no doubting his abilities on the field.

Jamal Adams is the best safety in the NFL and he has the stats and analytics to back that up. However, it’s clear that Madden remains ignorant of that notion.

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Of all the ratings that Madden has goofed up this season, this one is certainly one of the most egregious.