On Monday morning, EA Sports released the initial ratings for its annual NFL video game, Madden NFL 20. Green Bay Packers fans will see several of the team’s top players earn well-deserved rankings, but the game’s roster also features a few head-scratchers when it comes to the Green and Gold.
In this year’s edition of the game, left tackle David Bakhtiari leads the way for Green Bay with an overall rating of 97. That is not just the best rating on the team — it is also the highest rating for any offensive lineman in the entire league. That’s not bad for a player who has missed the Pro Bowl each of the past two years (of course, he earned All-Pro honors both years, with a first-team nod in 2018).
Second on the Packers’ roster is wide receiver Davante Adams, who has earned plenty of recognition after a stellar last few years. The sixth-year wideout came in with a 92 overall rating, putting him ninth among all receivers in the NFL.
Following those two stars, the Packers have a pair of players tying for third on the team with a 90 overall rating: defensive tackle Kenny Clark and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. EA apparently is hitting Rodgers hard for his struggles in 2018, dropping him down from the maximum rating of 99. Interestingly, no quarterback received a 99 this year — Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs came closest with a 97 overall at launch.
Clark, meanwhile, is the fifth-highest-ranked defensive tackle in the game. However, that designation is a bit deceiving; it consists primarily of 4-3 tackles and 3-4 nose tackles, while 3-4 ends — who play a closer role to Clark’s — get a defensive end position designation. Still, across all defensive linemen, Clark ranks tenth, a good indication of the respect that he has garnered in his three NFL seasons to date.
Meanwhile, the first of the Green Bay Packers’ free agent signings to appear on the list is safety Adrian Amos, who slots in with an 87 overall rating. The Smiths, Za’Darius and Preston, received 83 and 80 rankings respectively, while guard Billy Turner was assigned a shockingly low 63 overall.